Michael Owen has backed his former club Newcastle United to get maximum points from the Premier League clash against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
The Magpies will head into the match at St. James’ Park with confidence, having won their last five competitive matches.
Newcastle’s disappointing start to the 2014-15 campaign saw them fall perilously close to the relegation zone, but the upturn in fortunes since the start of October has seen Alan Pardew’s side move into the top half of the table.
At the moment the Magpies are eighth in the league table with 16 points from 11 matches, just two points behind fourth-placed West Ham United.
Owen, a former Newcastle striker, predicts Pardew’s team to win against QPR and wrote on Betvictor.com: “You have to go back to April 2012 for the last time the Magpies won five on the spin in the PL but they have such a good recent record against QPR that they are a confident selection.
“The R’s have lost five of the last six games between the sides and their recent improvement in form has been at Loftus Road.
"The Hoops currently have the worst away record in the division and are still looking for their first point on their travels this season.”
Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson, though, believes that the match will end in a draw and wrote on Skysports.com: “QPR have turned the corner a little bit, too, and so this is not a foregone conclusion for Newcastle. I reckon QPR will hold them to a 1-1 at St James' Park” (click here to read more).
QPR should not be written off as Harry Redknapp’s side have the players to pick up a win at Newcastle, but Pardew’s team should be considered favourites as they will be cheered on by an expectant home crowd.