Michael Owen gives predictions for Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool vs Man Utd

Michael Owen working as a pundit for Amazon Prime during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux on December 27, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
Owen made his weekly predictions (Picture: Getty)

Michael Owen has cast his eye over another huge weekend of Premier League action, which includes a seismic clash between Liverpool and Manchester United.

United head to Anfield three points clear at the top of the table after beating Burnley in midweek, while Jurgen Klopp’s side have failed to win each of their last three league matches.

Owen, who played for both clubs, believes the two title rivals will be forced to share the spoils.

‘Well, this is certainly a Super Sunday! Manchester United travel to Anfield one place above their old rivals in top spot,’ Owen told Bet Victor.

‘It’s been some turnaround for Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s men and a win here would certainly cement their place in the title race.

‘Liverpool’s mighty home record stands at 67 games unbeaten in the Premier League and Jurgen Klopp will be trying to treat this one as just another game in their quest for back to back Premier League titles.

In this composite image a comparison has been made between Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool (L) and Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United. Liverpool and Manchester United meet in a Premier League fixture on January 17,2021 at Anfield in Liverpool, England.
Klopp and Solskjaer will face off this weekend (Picture: Getty)

‘However, everyone involved at the club, especially the fans, will be hoping upon hope that when the time comes for that record run to end, it won’t be at the hands of United.

‘Personally, I don’t see that run ending here although I do think it will be tight.Both teams love to play counter-attacking football so I think this one could be a case of cat and mouse. 

‘I think both sides are likely to give up some territory so they can execute their counters-attacks and if this materialises, I reckon we could be in for a stalemate at Anfield.’

Chelsea, meanwhile, will hope to bounce back after a poor run of form over the festive period and face relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday.

‘Incredibly, Fulham have drawn their last 5 Premier League matches,’ added Owen. ‘Their late equaliser against Tottenham showed there’s no question about the fight in their side which is essential when you’re down at the bottom.

Chelsea were pulled apart in their last league match at home to Manchester City. It was a Christmas period to forget for Frank Lampard’s men and they’ll want to get back to winning ways in their first away match of 2021.

‘Although Fulham have been playing well, I just think Chelsea will have too much going forward and with that in mind, I can see them nicking it by the odd goal.’

Arsenal had to dig deep to beat Newcastle in extra time of the FA Cup a week ago but Owen suspects they’ll get the job done in 90 minutes this weekend.

Michael Owen's Premier League predictions

Wolves 2-0 West Brom
Leeds 3-1 Brighton
Fulham 1-2 Chelsea
West Ham 1-0 Burnley
Sheff Utd 1-2 Spurs
Leicester 2-1 Southampton
Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd
Man City 3-1 Palace
Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

‘These two were neck and neck for 90 minutes in last week’s FA Cup 3rd round match,’ said Owen. ‘They reoppose again here in the Premier League with both sides dropping points in their midweek matches.

‘Pressure is mounting on Steve Bruce. Their defeat away to Sheffield United did not go down well with the Magpies faithful and they will be demanding a response here.

‘Despite Arsenal drawing at home midweek, the vibes around the Emirates are still positive. They are certainly playing with more confidence than they were showing a few weeks ago. I think this one could be tight again, but with spirits so low at Newcastle just now, I can only see one winner.’

Owen is also predicting wins for fellow ‘Big Six’ sides Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City over Sheffield United and Crystal Palace respectively, while he thinks West Ham, Leicester, Wolves and Leeds will be among this weekend’s winners.

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