Former Premier League and La Liga striker, Michael Owen has tipped Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to beat Unai Emery’s Arsenal 4-1 in Sunday’s Premier League fixture at the Etihad Stadium.
He also predicted Chelsea to beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in today’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
According to him, Manchester United will defeat Leicester City 2-1 on Sunday in the Premier League fixture at the King Power Stadium.
Owen, however, said that Liverpool will beat West Ham 3-1 in Monday’s Premier League fixture.
Owen told BetVictor: “Strange as it seems, I wonder if City scored too early against Newcastle midweek? Whatever the reason for their lethargic almost complacent performance they never brought their ‘A’ game to St James’ Park although that shouldn’t take anything away from a terrific win for the Magpies.
“City have now lost three league games having taken the lead and, when the dust has settled on the 2018/19 Premier League season, that might just be the difference as to whether they retain their title or not. Arsenal were no match for City on the opening day of the season and I can’t see them stopping a City side who will have been wounded by their north-east reverse. Michael’s prediction: Man City 4-1 Arsenal.”
Commenting on the Chelsea vs Huddersfield game, Owen said: “You must go back to 1996 for the last time Chelsea lost a Premier League game by a four-goal margin, but I expect the Blues to bounce back from their mauling at Bournemouth midweek against bottom of the table Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge.
“The Terriers have failed to score in their last five Premier League games and could not break down 10-man Everton at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier in the week. Things look bleak for new Town manager Jan Siewert although they certainly played with plenty of passion against Marco Silva’s side. Chelsea’ superior class to prevail. Michael’s prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Huddersfield Town.”
On the Leicester City vs Man United game, Owen said: “Both sides came from behind to pick up a point midweek and Leicester impressed me enormously at Anfield where I felt they were good value for the draw.
“That said they have lost their last couple of home league games and I enjoy watching this new Manchester United side – something I couldn’t and wouldn’t have said earlier in the season.
“United have won their last five away games in all competitions and are clinical on the break. I feel the Red Devils will edge what promises to be a hugely entertaining game. Michael’s prediction: Leicester City 1-2 Manchester United.”
Commenting on the West Ham vs Liverpool game, Owen said: “West Ham have lost their last four league games against Liverpool and conceded four goals in each of those losses, but they have won their last couple at the London Stadium and will be going all-out to put behind their recent away defeats at AFC Wimbledon and Wolves where they didn’t manage to muster a single shot on target.
“The Reds will have been disappointed not to have taken full advantage of Manchester City’s slip-up at Newcastle against Leicester, but they are five points clear with fourteen games to go and the title is in their hands. I expect to see Jurgen Klopp’s side return to winning ways on Monday evening. Michael’s prediction: West Ham 1-3 Liverpool.”