The former Manchester United and Liverpool striker believes that the Premier League clash will not have more than two goals and could even end in a goalless draw.
“The Black Cats have won the last four Tyne/Wear derbies for the first time in their history and they badly need a fifth given they are only a point off the drop zone,” former Newcastle striker Owen wrote on Betvictor.com.
“Sunderland have had seven goalless draws this season and an eighth is a distinct possibility in what looks sure to be another feisty North East derby.”
A footnote added: “Michael’s recommendation: Under 2.5 goals at 4/6”.
Could Michael Owen’s prediction come true?
Owen’s prediction that the Tyne–Wear derby could ended in a goalless draw could well come true, especially as neither side are particularly great at scoring goals.
Sunderland have struggled for goals throughout the season, and even the arrival of former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC in the January transfer window has not changed that.
As for Newcastle, the Magpies lost all three of their Premier League games last month, conceding six goals and scoring just one in the process.
One suspects that today’s Tyne–Wear derby will be fiercely competitive, and that a single goal would settle the affair.