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Michael Owen Is Most Accurate Premier League Pundit For Picking Matches

Michael Owen Is Most Accurate Premier League Pundit For Picking Matches

Michael Owen may come out with the odd hilarious quote but he's officially the most accurate Premier League pundit.

The former Premier League striker has correctly predicted almost 60 per cent of top-flight matches played from the second week of the season until now.

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He's become known for stating the obvious in his commentary with lines such as "footballers these days often have to use their feet".

But a study carried out by football betting app Wager revealed that the joke is on Owen's fellow pundits.

Michael Owen is the most accurate Premier League pundit at picking winners of matches
Michael Owen is the most accurate Premier League pundit at picking winners of matches

Research revealed he is a long way ahead of the likes of Stan Collymore, Charlie Nicholas and Robbie Savage when it comes to picking games.

Owen has made 41 correct predictions in 70 matches, and research says a £10 bet on all his selections would've netted punters £243.56 so far this season.

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Mark Lawrenson comes in second place behind Owen with 38 correct predictions, and a £10 bet on his picks would've banked gamblers £109.06.

Savage (33), Nicholas (32) and Collymore (32) were a long way off Owen and Lawrenson, according to the study.

Robbie Savage was a long way off Michael Owen with his selections
Robbie Savage was a long way off Michael Owen with his selections

But Sky Sports pundit Nicholas' selections would've still earned punters £12.43 based on a £10 bet.

Following Collymore and Savage's advice, though, would've led to a red hole.

The former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker's picks resulted in a £65.19 loss while Savage's selections came in with a £67.14 deficit, both based on a £10 bet.

Michael Owen and Mark Lawrenson led the way in the punditry stakes
Michael Owen and Mark Lawrenson led the way in the punditry stakes
Stan Collymore, Robbie Savage and Charlie Nicholas were a long way off in their selections
Stan Collymore, Robbie Savage and Charlie Nicholas were a long way off in their selections

The study did not include the likes of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher as they do not make game selections.

Owen has often been the source social media laughter for his famous one-liners, but now the joke is on his fellow pundits.

Elliott Robinson, Wager co-founder, said: "He may be branded as boring, but our research reveals Michael Owen's tipping has set the world alight this season, suggesting it's the quiet ones to keep an eye out for when making profitable predictions about the beautiful game."

Some other brilliant Owen commentary quotes are:

"Whichever team scores more goals usually wins."

"What a shot! That's completely unstoppable, but the keeper's got to do better for me."

"That would've been a goal had it gone inside the post."

"If there's a bit of rain about, it makes the surface wet."

Sunni Upal

Sunni Upal is editor at SPORTbible

 

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