Michael Owen: This is what I expect from Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion

Michael Owen looks ahead to Saturday’s Premier League clash between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St. James’ Park.

Michael Owen has predicted in his Betvictor.com column that Saturday’s Premier League game between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion will be “tight” and “tense”.

The former Newcastle striker does not expect the match at St. James’ Park to have more than two goals and believes that a single goal could prove to be the difference between the two sides.

“These are difficult times at St James’s Park having lost their last eight league games on the spin and they need the players to stand up and be counted in front of what is obviously going to be a nervous home crowd,” the 35-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.

“One goal might be enough either way and one damning statistic is that the Magpies have conceded seven goals in the 90th minute or stoppage time this season and are yet to score in this period. Expect it to be tight, tense and a game of few clear cut chances.”

A footnote added: “Michael’s recommendation: Under 2.5 goals at 8/11”.

Newcastle have lost their last eight Premier League games and will head into this weekend’s round of matches placed just two points above the relegation zone.

John Carver’s team are severely out of form, but they cannot afford to drop points against the Baggies on Saturday.

If Newcastle fans give their full support to the team, then the Magpies will have a good chance of winning, but the key is that the players step up.

The performance of the Newcastle players have been poor over the past few weeks, and with worries of relegation growing, they need to find it in themselves to raise their game in the final three matches.

West Brom will not be easy to win against, though, as the Baggies will head into Saturday’s match on the back of a 1-0 victory over Manchester United away from home at Old Trafford.

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