Michael Owen surprises Newcastle fans ahead of Sunday’s trip to Tottenham

Michael Owen believes the spoils will be shared at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, predicting we’ll come away with a 1-1 draw in our clash with Spurs on Sunday.

Former striker Owen, who scored for us in our emphatic 4-1 away win against Tottenham back in 07/08, says he isn’t fully convinced by Jose Mourinho’ men and thinks we will come away from London with a surprise point this weekend.

Owen also believes our 0-3 defeat to Brighton is a minor blip that Bruce will soon ‘deal with’, feeling it was down to new players taking time to adapt to a new system.

Here is what the unpopular ex-Mag wrote in his BetVictor blog ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures.

“There seems to be a slightly more positive vibe about Tottenham in recent times and the loan signing of Gareth Bale will have really lifted the spirits and hopes of the Spurs fans.

“Newcastle have had a topsy-turvy start to the season with a really promising win in their first match followed by a disappointing defeat in their second. This can often happen with new players coming in and adapting to new systems and styles of play but Steve Bruce is old enough and experienced enough to deal with that.

“Despite their 5-2 Premier League win against Southampton last time out, I’m still to be convinced by Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham and I’m going for a 1-1 draw in this one.”

After last weekend’s showing it is hard to feel optimistic as the lads make their second trip to London in as many away games – especially considering Spurs put five past a decent Southampton side.

We put seven past Morecambe on Wednesday but it’s hard to argue a case that the Brighton defeat is completely behind us following a convincing win against a very poor League Two side who were beaten 5-0 by Cambridge a few days before our Carabao Cup rout!

Almiron has earned his way into the starting line-up and has shown real glimpses that his final product may be improving. He has to start over Andy Carroll for me.

Joelinton’s epic winner in this fixture last year is still fresh in the memory and we have had some good results in the white half of north London over the years.

However, I do feel that Spurs’ extra bit quality will see them through but I expect a much better performance from the team than the one they put in against Brighton.

Charlie’s prediction: Spurs 2-1

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