Michael Owen is backing it to be another win and yet another clean sheet for Newcastle United this weekend, predicting we’ll beat Brighton 1-0 on Sunday.
The former Newcastle United sick note predicted we’d lose at West Ham last weekend, however he’s soon changed his tune after we saw off the Hammers with ease and beat Blackburn in midweek – not that our performance in the latter was convincing in the slightest!
Elsewhere, Owen has not only praised new boys Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick for impressive debuts, but believes Andy Carroll looked “back to his marauding best” against his former club last weekend – something that will be music to the ears of us Mags IF he can stay fit.
Here’s what Owen’s had to say during his latest prediction piece for Bet Victor:
‘Newcastle United fans will have been delighted and excited in equal measure, at the positive signs shown by their team in their opening 2-0 win against West Ham.
‘Both debutants, Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick played very well and rounded off their performances with a goal apiece, and with Andy Carroll back to his marauding best, things look very good right now for United.
‘Brighton boss Graham Potter was generally pleased with his team’s performance in their 3-1 loss to Chelsea on Monday night but knows they will need to improve if they are to avoid flirting with the relegation zone this season.
‘I feel sure that Brighton will improve but on this occasion, I fancy a confident Newcastle United to secure a 1-0 win and add to their positive start to the season.‘
We were brilliant in that opening day win in East London, HOWEVER it may take something similar to beat a Brighton side who did everything but score in their 0-0 draw at St James’ Park last season.
I have little doubt they’ll dominate the ball, so it’ll be key that we not only limit them to big chances but also hurt them at the other end when we get half a chance.
Hopefully Carroll can be ‘at it’ again and our new signings all kick on following productive debuts over the past week, with Callum Wilson in particular giving us that edge in the final third.