Michael Owen, a former England striker, has predicted some of this weekend’s English Premier Leagues, EPL, games.
Chelsea will host Fulham on Saturday evening at Stamford Bridge, while Arsenal will face Newcastle United in an away EPL tie on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester United will tackle Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday evening, while Everton will host Aston Villa at Goodison Park on Saturday night.
Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor, “Chelsea continued their excellent form under Thomas Tuchel with a typical 1-0 win at the London Stadium last Saturday evening,
“The Blues are looking good for Champions League qualification, and the visit of struggling Fulham should represent a likely three points.
“Although Fulham have a tendency to surprise us when we least expect it, I don’t think Chelsea are the type of side to switch off too often.
“West Brom may have caught them off guard a few weeks ago, but I don’t see that happening here. It’s 2-0, Chelsea, for me.”
Speaking on the Everton vs Aston Villa match, Owen said, “Everton gained a well-earned win against Arsenal last Friday night, a victory they desperately needed. Villa’s 2-2 draw against West Brom was another reminder of how the Villans can be a tad unpredictable, although I do believe they are more suited playing away from home.
“That said, Everton looked more organised last week than I’ve seen them in quite a few matches. With a manager as high-class as Carlo Ancelotti, it’s only a matter of time before he gets to the bottom of any problems, especially defensive ones.
“On another day with Jack Grealish fit, I think Villa could get something. However, his absence does take a lot out of what Villa does well, so all in all, I think Everton will take this by the slenderest of margins. Everton 1, Villa 0.”
Commenting on the Newcastle United vs Arsenal game, Owen said, “Newcastle have turned the corner and now look like a side that are playing with the shackles off. Their last gasp goal to take a point from Anfield last Saturday will have ensured good vibes around the training ground all week.
“For Arsenal, it’s virtually the exact opposite. Whenever they seem to get going, they hit a roadblock. It’s been a frustrating season for Gunners’ fans and coming up against such a buoyed Newcastle side here, I think they may have to settle for a point. Newcastle 1, Arsenal 1.”
On the Manchester United vs Liverpool fixture, Owen said, “Both these sides played out a 0-0 draw at Anfield earlier in the season. That was followed by another close encounter in the FA Cup, a game United won 3-2, so I believe we could be in for another tight match here.
“Away from home United have been sensational this season. Their home form had been a bit patchy up until recently. However, they come into this undefeated at Old Trafford in six league matches.
“I think United will happily give Liverpool some territory here in the hope they can catch them on the counter. To some degree, I think this can work, although it will be hard to keep Liverpool out playing like this over the full 90 minutes.
“With that in mind, I could see this one ending all square with both sides cancelling each other out. Man United 1, Liverpool 1.”