Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker, Michael Owen has predicted victory for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, saying they will beat Leicester City 3-1 in Monday’s Premier League fixture.
He also tipped Chelsea to beat Watford 2-1 in Sunday’s Premier League fixture.
According to him, Arsenal will defeat Brighton 4-0 on Sunday, while Manchester United will also defeat Huddersfield Town 2-0 on Sunday.
Owen, however, predicted that Liverpool will beat Newcastle United 2-0 on Saturday night in the Premier League fixture.
Owen told BetVictor: “City know the Premier League is now theirs to lose after excellent wins at Old Trafford and Turf Moor but “there’s many a slip twixt cup and lip” and Pep Guardiola will have to guard against complacency for the visit of Leicester City. Leicester are looking to do the double over City having come from behind to win 2-1 at the King Power in the reverse fixture back in December.
“Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers would love to do his old club a favour and the Foxes did pick up a point at Anfield earlier in the season. City are chasing a 13th successive league win and I feel they will travel to Brighton on the closing day of a memorable season top of the table but still needing a win to retain their title. Manchester City 3-1 Leicester City.”
On the Chelsea vs Watford game, Owen said: “Chelsea cannot afford any slip-ups against the FA Cup Finalists as they look to maintain their place in the top four. The game comes in the middle of Chelsea’s Europa League semi-final ties with Eintracht Frankfurt which gives the west London outfit a second string to their Champions League qualification bow.
“Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 11 home games with Watford in all competitions and I feel they will do enough to keep the points against the Hornets. Chelsea 2-1 Watford.”
Speaking on Arsenal vs Brighton game, Owen said: “Brighton have lost all 11 of their Premier League away games by an aggregate score of 2-23 against the ‘big six’ sides, and it is hard to make a case for them at the Emirates on Sunday. The Gunners were in Europa League action against Valencia on Thursday, but they cannot take their eye off the ball as they look to end the campaign in the top four.
“The Seagulls’ point against Newcastle last weekend is likely to preserve their Premier League status, but they are without a win in their last seven. Arsenal are hardly in a rich vein of form themselves, having lost their last three league games, but they should sign-off their home league campaign in style. Arsenal 4-0 Brighton.”
Commenting on the Huddersfield vs Man United, Owen said: “United have failed to win any of their last four games but I can’t see them slipping up at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Terriers have only scored nine home league goals this term and no side in top-flight history has failed to reach double figures.
“I thought United improved on their performances of recent weeks at home to Chelsea last weekend and they must pick up maximum points in West Yorkshire if they are to have any chance of reaching the top four. Their destiny is out of their own hands but all they can do is pick up maximum points in their last couple of games. Huddersfield Town 0-2 Manchester United.”
On the Newcastle vs Liverpool game, Owen said: “Liverpool have it all to do as they try and overturn a three-goal deficit from the 1st leg of their Champions League semi-final with Barcelona midweek, but they cannot get ahead of themselves and must win at St James’ Park on Saturday as they try and keep the pressure on Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.
“The Reds were, arguably, unlucky not to find the back of the Barca net on at least one occasion midweek but they can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves. I expect Jurgen Klopp to have them fired up for the trip to a Newcastle side who did, of course, beat City 2-1 at home earlier in the season. The Magpies have only lost one of their last six home league games against the Reds and won’t go down without a fight, but I feel it would be fitting this season if the title race went right down to the wire. Newcastle United 0-2 Liverpool.”