Michael Owen praises West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth Barry

Michael Owen of Newcastle contests with Joleon Lescott of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on October 5, 2008 in...

West Bromwich Albion will face West Ham United at The Hawthorns in the Premier League this weekend.

Michael Owen celebrates during the Star Sixe's match between England and Spain in the at The O2 Arena on July 13, 2017 in London, England.

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has spoken highly of West Bromwich Albion midfielder Gareth Barry on Betvictor.com.

Barry joined West Brom from Premier League rivals Everton in the summer transfer window.

The 36-year-old defensive midfielder is a veteran of the Premier League, having played in the top flight of English football for the likes of Aston Villa and Manchester City, as well for Everton and West Brom.

Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion and Maxim Choupo-Moting of Stoke City battle for possession during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City at The...

If the English midfielder plays against West Ham United at The Hawthowns on Saturday afternoon, then he will match Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs’s record of 632 Premier League appearances.

Former Newcastle United and Stoke City striker Owen has praised Barry, but the Englishman does not expect the match between West Brom and West Ham to be entertaining.

Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion arrives at the stadium prior to  the Premier League match between Burnley and West Bromwich Albion at Turf Moor on August 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

“It was great to see Andy Carroll back for West Ham against Huddersfield earlier in the week and it goes without saying that the Hammers are a much better side with the striker fit and firing on all cylinders,” Owen wrote on Betvictor.com.

Gareth Barry will become the first player in the history of the PL to start 600 games if he gets the nod from manager Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns and that is an extraordinary achievement. Indeed, one that may never be broken.

“It may be an unforgettable game for the former England midfielder but I’m not convinced it will be a great spectacle for the neutral and don’t expect to see many goals.”

A footnote added: “Michael’s recommendation: Under 2.5 goals at 7/10.”

West Ham won on Monday evening, getting the better of Huddersfield Town 2-0 at the London Stadium in the Premier League.

The Hammers will be confident of picking up a point at The Hawthorns, but one should not be surprised if West Brom win on Saturday afternoon.

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