Michael Owen has backed Manchester United to progress in the Champions League ahead of their crunch group-stage match against RB Leipzig and expects Chelsea to continue their superb run under Frank Lampard.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United were beaten 3-1 by PSG last week, meaning they need to get a result at Leipzig on Tuesday night to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Chelsea secured top-spot in their Champions League group after Olivier Giroud scored four goals in a 4-0 thrashing over Sevilla and Owen cannot see the in-form Blues being stopped in their tracks by Krasnodar.
The former England striker has also predicted victories for fellow Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester City in a column for BetVictor.
He said: ‘Manchester United will be without Cavani and Martial for their trip to Leipzig. The Germans were involved in an enthralling 3-3 draw at home to Bayern Munich at the weekend, so United know this will be a big test.
‘The home side need to win here to secure qualification, however, it’s on the road where United have shone this campaign.
‘Leipzig quite simply need to win. I reckon if they attack United, they could leave themselves exposed at the back and pay the ultimate price against a side that seem to be at their best when playing on the counter-attack.
‘RB Leipzig 1-2 Manchester United.’
Chelsea 2-0 FC Krasnodar
Chelsea guaranteed top spot in Group E with a fantastic 4-0 win in Sevilla last week. The Blues were purring that night and if they can maintain those types of performances, they could have a huge season.
Their final opponents of the group stages, Krasnodar, arrive here having secured European football beyond Christmas with a win against Rennes.
So, both sides come into the game on a high and you’d expect both managers to tinker with their sides.
That said, Chelsea have huge strength in depth, and I expect them to finish off the group stages strongly.
FC Midtjylland 0-1 Liverpool
Danish side Midtjylland welcome Liverpool in their final group match. The home side earned a draw last time out away to Atalanta, albeit they’ve won only 1 of their last 4 on home turf.
Jurgen Klopp will be expected to change his line-up here having secured top spot, however, I think the Reds have more than enough talent to come away with the points.
Manchester City 2-0 Marseille
Having already qualified in top spot, on paper this game means little more than 3 points to Manchester City. However, with one eye on the Manchester Derby, I think Pep will demand a professional performance so they can carry some momentum into the big match.
Marseille have endured a poor UEFA Champions League campaign, so far. That said, if they bettered Olympiacos’ result on the night they could squeeze into the Europa League.
That’s unlikely, and if they decide to go for City, I can see the home side picking them off.