Manchester United will drop points at home to Watford, neighbours Manchester City will get the job done at Leicester while Chelsea will win the weekend’s heavyweight clash against Tottenham.
They are Michael Owen’s weekend predictions as the former Liverpool forward casts his eye over this weekend’s Premier League action.
United are looking to back up their impressive win at Stamford Bridge on Monday night but have been blighted by inconsistencies this season and may find a pragmatic Watford side a difficult opponent.
He told BetVictor: “Manchester United were outstanding at Stamford Bridge on Monday, but they face a tricky game in Bruges in the Europa League on Thursday, and I believe relegation-threatened Watford will gain a valuable point on Sunday.
“It will be interesting to see if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer perseveres with the back three he deployed at Chelsea, where Eric Bailly made a very impressive return to the starting XI.”
Regardless of their result Solskjaer knows at least one of his rivals will drop points in west London as Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho square off.
Owen reckons the Special One will guide Tottenham to the Champions League, but doesn’t see them winning at Stamford Bridge.
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He said: “Spurs will leapfrog London rivals Chelsea and move into the top four with a win although the news earlier in the week that Son Heung-min had joined Harry Kane on the sidelines sways me further towards the hosts, despite their home defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Monday.
“Frank Lampard’s side did not get the rub of the green against United”
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