ENGLAND – Former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker, Michael Owen, has predicted some of the English Premier League match-day 18 fixtures.
Tottenham Hotspur will battle Chelsea at home on Sunday evening, while Manchester City will face Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Everton will host Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, while Manchester United will take on Watford in an away Premier League fixture on Sunday.
Providing his predictions, Owen was quoted by Sport Review as saying:
Tottenham vs Chelsea: “The last Premier League game before Christmas is a cracking London derby with Frank Lampard going head-to-head with his former manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge for the first time.
“It is worth noting, however, that Lampard’s Derby County won a League Cup tie at Old Trafford on penalties last September when Mourinho was manager of Manchester United.
“Chelsea have lost four of their last five in the league while Spurs have won three of their last four and I think it will be the hosts who take maximum points from what promises to be an entertaining game between these two great rivals.”
Watford vs Man United: “Watford had their opportunities at Anfield last weekend, but they have picked up just nine points from their opening 17 league games so far this term.
“In the history of the Premier League just 9 teams have picked up nine, or fewer, points at this corresponding stage of the season. All have been relegated.
“Manchester United failed to build on their brilliant performance at the Etihad when they struggled to break down Everton back at Old Trafford last weekend, but I expect them to have too much quality at Vicarage Road for Nigel Pearson’s side.”
Man City vs Leicester City: “Leicester’s eight-game winning league run came to a halt against Norwich at the King Power on Saturday, and I think the champions will follow up their impressive win at Arsenal on Sunday when third entertain second at the Etihad.
“Kevin de Bruyne’s display at the Emirates was world-class – irrespective of the current form and confidence of the opposition – and his continued fitness will be paramount for Pep Guardiola’s side as they chase silverware on four fronts in the second half of the season.”
Everton vs Arsenal: “Arsenal only had one shot on target against Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday, and that was in the opening minute of the game.
“The Gunners cannot play as badly at Goodison in Saturday’s early kick-off although I think Everton will edge a game between two clubs who, at the time of writing, are both looking for a new permanent manager.
“The Blues have picked up four points in two games under caretaker Duncan Ferguson and, although they are struggling with injuries, I expect them to win back-to-back home league games.”