Michael Owen makes Premier League predictions for Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal vs Liverpool

Michael Owen looks on during Wolves' Premier League clash with Manchester City
Ex-Liverpool star Michael Owen is confident his former club will beat Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Michael Owen believes Liverpool will be determined to finish their Premier League campaign on a high by adding to an already impressive list of records and has backed the newly-crowned champions to beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates.

Liverpool’s 100 per cent record at Anfield this season was brought to an end on Saturday afternoon as Jay Rodriguez cancelled out Andy Robertson’s header to ensure Burnley came away from Merseyside with a hard-earned point.

The Reds face a wounded animal in the shape of Arsenal on Wednesday night and Jurgen Klopp’s men will be expecting a tough test, given their opponents still have European qualification on the line.

Former Liverpool striker Owen is anticipating a ‘tight encounter’ in north London but is confident his former club will come out on top as they strive to finish the term on a positive note.

Arsenal seemed to be heading nicely to a Europa League spot but a draw at home to Leicester followed by a defeat in the north London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has really put that in doubt,’ Owen said in his Bet Victor column.

‘Liverpool were held at home to Burnley on Saturday to put an end to their hopes of becoming the first team in Premier League history to win all of their home games in a season.

‘Nonetheless, Liverpool will be looking to add one or two other records to their list of achievements this season and I think they may just edge this tight encounter, 2-1.’

Manchester United will be desperate to bounce back from the disappointment they suffered at home to Southampton with a victory away to Crystal Palace and Owen is predicting a ‘Thursday night stroll’ for the Red Devils.

‘Crystal Palace have now suffered five straight defeats in the Premier League,’ the ex-England and United forward said.

‘Their misery of a 2-0 away loss to Aston Villa on Sunday was compounded by the late sending off of Christian Benteke for kicking out petulantly after the final whistle and Roy Hodgson will now be without his striker for the remainder of the season.

‘Manchester United, on the other hand, are in great form at the moment albeit they will have been very disappointed to have conceded a goal in added time against Southampton at Old Trafford on Monday evening, they’ve given themselves a great chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

‘They are currently unbeaten in 18 games with 11 of those in the Premier League and it’s difficult to see Crystal Palace causing United any kind of problems in what I see as a Thursday night stroll for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.’

Owen expects Chelsea to respond to their miserable defeat at the hands of Sheffield United by steamrolling Norwich at Stamford Bridge.

‘Chelsea were well beaten by Sheffield United at the weekend and have now lost eleven matches in the Premier League this season. However, they will be confident of beating an already relegated Norwich side who were comprehensively thrashed by West Ham on Saturday,’ he said.

‘Chelsea are looking to secure a fifth straight win at Stamford Bridge which hasn’t been done since Antonio Conte’s side managed seven in a row back in 2017.
Norwich have taken just 6 points out of a possible 51 away from home this season and I can’t see them adding to that paltry number at Stamford Bridge.

‘I fancy Chelsea to put the pressure on Leicester and Manchester United by securing the first three points of the week with a 4-1 win for the Blues.’

Eddie Howe and Pep Guardiola ahead of Bournemouth's clash with Manchester City
Manchester City entertain Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)

Relegation-threatened Bournemouth will be buoyed after their incredible 4-1 win at home to Leicester at the weekend but Owen expects Manchester City to have too much for Eddie Howe’s side at the Etihad.

Owen said: ‘When Manchester City play well, they play very, very well but their problems this season have all been around a surprising lack of consistency.

‘Bournemouth gave themselves a glimmer of hope of survival with their incredible comeback dismantling of Leicester City on Sunday evening after going a goal behind.

‘That brought an end to the Cherries’ run of nine games without a win but as much confidence as they would have gained from that performance, there can be no denying the gulf in class between these two teams.

Manchester City have a 100 per cent win record against Bournemouth in the Premier League and after nine games, City have scored 28 and only conceded 4.
I take Manchester City to win this 4-0.’

Elsewhere, Owen has predicted draws in the clashes involving Burnley and Wolves, Southampton and Brighton and West Ham and Watford.

And finally, he has backed Newcastle to beat Tottenham 1-0 on home soil and Leicester to get the better of Sheffield United at the King Power Stadium.

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