Michael Owen makes predictions for Man Utd, Arsenal & Spurs vs Chelsea

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen works as a pundit
Owen gave his predictions (Picture: Getty Images)

Michael Owen has backed Jose Mourinho to secure a win against former club Chelsea when Tottenham Hotspur welcome their London rivals, while he’s expecting more misery to be heaped on Arsenal as they head to Everton but he thinks Manchester United will pick up three points away at Watford.

Mourinho’s Spurs can move above Chelsea into the fourth and final Champions League spot with victory, and Owen thinks that’s how it will pan out.

‘The last Premier League game before Christmas is a cracking London derby with Frank Lampard going head-to-head with his former manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge for the first time,’ he told Bet Victor.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho celebrates a late Tottenham Hotspur winner
Mourinho will hope to celebrate victory (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)

‘It is worth noting, however, that Lampard’s Derby County won a League Cup tie at Old Trafford on penalties last September when Mourinho was manager of Manchester United.

‘Chelsea have lost four of their last five in the league while Spurs have won three of their last four and I think it will be the hosts who take maximum points from what promises to be an entertaining game between these two great rivals.’

Spurs’ bitter rivals Arsenal were handily beaten by Manchester City last weekend and Owen expects further pain to be inflicted on the Gunners, whether or not Mikel Arteta is in charge.

‘Arsenal only had one shot on target against Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday, and that was in the opening minute of the game,’ he added.

‘The Gunners cannot play as badly at Goodison in Saturday’s early kick-off although I think Everton will edge a game between two clubs who, at the time of writing, are both looking for a new permanent manager.

‘The Blues have picked up four points in two games under caretaker Duncan Ferguson and, although they are struggling with injuries, I expect them to win back-to-back home league games.

Michael Owen's weekend predictions

Everton vs Arsenal: Everton win
Aston Villa vs Southampton: Villa win
Bournemouth vs Burnley: Burnley win
Brighton vs Sheffield United: Draw
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace: Draw
Norwich vs Wolves: Wolves win
Man City vs Leicester: Man City win
Watford vs Manchester United: United win
Spurs vs Chelsea: Spurs win

‘It will be fascinating to see if either club appoint a new manager before the weekend with Carlo Ancelotti reported to be Everton’s preferred choice and former Everton and Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, seemingly, in pole position to take over at the Emirates.’

Manchester United booked their spot in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Colchester on Wednesday night, and Owen thinks they will follow up that win against Watford.

‘Watford had their opportunities at Anfield last weekend, but they have picked up just nine points from their opening 17 league games so far this term,’ said Owen.

‘In the history of the Premier League just nine teams have picked up nine, or fewer, points at this corresponding stage of the season. All have been relegated.

‘Manchester United failed to build on their brilliant performance at the Etihad when they struggled to break down Everton back at Old Trafford last weekend, but I expect them to have too much quality at Vicarage Road for Nigel Pearson’s side.’

United’s Carabao Cup semi-final opponents Manchester City welcome second-placed Leicester City to the Etihad – a match Owen expects Pep Guardiola’s team to triumph in.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola watches on
Guardiola is hoping to pick up three points (Picture: Getty Images)

He said: ‘Leicester’s eight-game winning league run came to a halt against Norwich at the King Power on Saturday, and I think the champions will follow up their impressive win at Arsenal on Sunday when third entertain second at the Etihad.

‘Kevin de Bruyne’s display at the Emirates was world class – irrespective of the current form and confidence of the opposition – and his continued fitness will be paramount for Pep Guardiola’s side as they chase silverware on four fronts in the second half of the season.’

He expects Aston Villa, Burnley and Wolves to be among the other winners this weekend.

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