The Premier League’s relegation dogfight is arguably the most exciting race heading in to the season finale, with as many as seven teams still in the mire.
Burnley and Queens Park Rangers currently occupy the last two spots and look all but assured of relegation, but the final place could be a straight shootout between the remaining five clubs.
Leicester City, Aston Villa and Hull City have good form behind them and at least two home games remaining, prompting Owen to predict the final relegated team will come from the North East.
“I thought 35 points would be safe but after today's set of results, I'm not so sure. There are still 7 teams in the relegation dog fight,” Owen explained.
“Burnley and QPR look doomed. I'd say the third team to go will be from the North East!”
Will Michael Owen’s prediction come true?
Barring an absolute miracle, QPR and the Clarets are gone following their respective narrow weekend defeats added to the fact the Foxes, Villa and Sunderland all won.
The Black Cats currently occupy 18th position on 33 points and have daunting away games against Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea on the horizon, but their victory over Southampton was a real morale-booster.
Newcastle, on the other hand, suffered an eighth-straight top-flight loss at Leicester and the 3-0 score-line certainly doesn’t help their goal difference, which could yet prove to be all-important.
With time running out, the Magpies and the Black Cats both have reasons to feel uneasy heading into the season finale and it would be a minor miracle if they both managed to avoid the drop.