Michael Owen doesn’t expect this in Newcastle United v Sunderland

Michael Owen looks ahead to today’s Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen does not expect too many goals in today’s Tyne–Wear derby.

Newcastle United will host Sunderland at St. James’ Park in what promises to be a fiercely competitive Premier League fixture.

Alan Pardew’s side will head into the encounter placed ninth in the league table with 23 points from 16 matches, while Sunderland are currently just a point above the relegation zone in 16th.

Both the teams have looked vulnerable in defence in recent games, but Owen, a former Newcastle striker, does not expect to see too many goals at St. James’ Park today.

“Despite the fact that the Magpies might be forced to hand 17-year-old keeper Freddie Woodman a debut in the Tyne-Wear Derby I don’t envisage many goals at St James’s Park in what promises to be a close and feisty affair,” the 35-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.

The Black Cats have won the last three games between the sides and have never won four successive derbies on the bounce.”

Although logically one would agree with Owen, given that this is a derby, anything’s possible.

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