Michael Owen has given his latest set of predictions for what promises to be another fascinating weekend of Premier League football.
In the game of the weekend, on Sunday, reigning champions Liverpool travel to the Etihad to face last year’s runners-up Manchester City.
Owen, the former Liverpool striker, is expecting the spoils to be shared.
‘I can’t wait for this one! Last season’s top two do battle in what I expect to be an enthralling encounter at the Etihad,’ he told Bet Victor.
‘Man City may be 10th in the table, but they come into this having won eight of their last nine home Premier League matches.
‘With Liverpool losing Virgil van Dijk to injury and Manchester City still to address their issues at the back, I can see goals in this one. There have been over 2.5 goals in nine of Liverpool’s last 10 league matches, and I can see that trend continuing here with both sides playing out a score draw.’
There’s another Manchester-Merseyside battle this weekend with another of Owen’s former clubs United taking on Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton on Saturday.
‘Everton’s great start to the Premier League season has taken a couple of blows in recent weeks,’ added Owen.
‘It’s now three matches since Everton last tasted victory. Key absences in their starting XI have taken their toll, however, Lucas Digne returns from suspension here and there is hope that James Rodriguez will make the squad.
‘United are enduring a miserable spell. They have had little time to prepare for this having just returned home from an embarrassing away defeat in Istanbul.
Chelsea welcome struggling Sheffield United to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening and Owen expects them to pick up another win.
‘Chelsea seem to have settled down after their shaky start,’ said Owen. ‘A lot of this is down to both Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva having the desired effect at the back for Frank Lampard.
‘Unbeaten in 10 matches, they have won their last three and for the first time in a decade they have had five consecutive clean sheets.
Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions
Everton vs Man Utd: Draw
Crystal Palace vs Leeds: Leeds win
Chelsea vs Sheff Utd: Chelsea win
West Ham vs Fulham: West Ham win
West Brom vs Spurs: Spurs win
Leicester vs Wolves: Draw
Man City vs Liverpool: Draw
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Arsenal win
‘Sheffield United are improving. Brave performances against Liverpool and Manchester City earned the Steel City side plaudits, but if the Blues are firing here, I can see them running out comfortable winners.’
Arsenal, meanwhile, host Aston Villa in the weekend’s final game.
Owen concluded: ‘Arsenal claimed an excellent victory at Old Trafford last week. Mikel Arteta set his stall out perfectly, and the Gunners will be hoping to carry that momentum into this one.
‘Despite mounting a late comeback, Villa suffered defeat against Southampton last week, making it back-to-back loses for Dean Smith’s side.
‘This will be another tough one for Villa, and I expect Arsenal to have their tails up. I fancy the good vibes to continue for the home side with a comfortable win against the Villains.’