Micheal Owen’s Predicts Against Chelsea
Michael Owen expects Manchester City to prove too strong for Manchester United in this weekend’s local derby and has also predicted wins for Thomas Tuchel’s in-form Chelsea and struggling Liverpool.
City welcome United to the Etihad on Sunday knowing a victory could see them move 17 points clear at the top of the Premier League with ten matches remaining.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been in brilliant form, winning 21 matches in a row in all competitions, while Man United have won just one of their last five games in the league.
Owen, who is backing City to win the Manchester derby 3-1, told BetVictor: ‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in for a bit of criticism in recent weeks due to his side’s under-par record against the top six.
However, when you look at how United set up, it’s no real surprise. They simply don’t get to dictate the territory against these sides and ultimately that can lead to a stalemate.
‘One side that will happily dominate possession is City, however. They can’t play any other way, so I expect United to be pinned back from the outset.
‘Ole will hope his side can utilise their excellent counter-attack and I believe it’s likely they’ll score. But I just can’t see them keeping City out and think this will be the end of Manchester United’s magnificent away run.’
Chelsea and Liverpool face Everton and Fulham respectively this weekend and Owen is predicting narrow home wins for both clubs.
Tuchel’s Blues clinched an impressive win at Anfield during the week and look on course for a top-four finish, while Liverpool face an uphill battle to secure a Champions League spot after a dismal run of form.