The Magpies will take on Sunderland at St. James’ Park in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday afternoon.
Former Newcastle striker Owen has backed Rafael Benitez’s side to pick up all three points from the Premier League encounter courtesy of a 3-1 victory.
“Newcastle showed a lot more in a 1-0 loss to Leicester on Monday night – a draw wouldn’t have flattered them – and with another few days under Rafa’s tutelage I think they could make a real survival statement by beating Sunderland 3-1,” the former England international wrote on Colossusbets.com.
“Yes, I know Sunderland beat them 3-0 earlier in the season and are going for a remarkable seventh consecutive win in this fixture, but I just think Newcastle have the better squad and I am backing Rafa to get the best out of them.
“Sunderland are actually in a decent run of form, but they have conceded in all of their games since beating Stoke 2-0 in late November, and I fancy goals and a home win here.”
Newcastle will head into the game against Sunderland on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Leicester City away from home at the King Power Stadium.
Benitez will be keen on his players raising their game against the Black Cats, and playing at home is going to give them an advantage.
Just like Newcastle, Sunderland are also fighting for survival in the Premier League, and Sam Allardyce’s team will give their all at St. James’ Park.
With both defences far from strong, there should be a few goals in the match. The first goal at St. James’ Park will be key.