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.
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.
“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.