Premier League legend Michael Owen has made his predictions for this weekend’s top flight games, ahead of another exciting round of fixtures, including the Manchester derby on Sunday
After an eventful FA Cup fifth round in midweek, the majority of Premier League sides return to action this weekend and will be looking to kick on as the business end of the season draws upon us.
Premier League title chasers Manchester City and Liverpool are both in action against teams in the race for the top four, with some huge clashes on show around the country.
City host Man United in the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with bragging rights up for grabs and both teams in need of all three points.
Liverpool, meanwhile, will look to continue their remarkable 11-game winning run in all competitions in order to keep up the chase with Pep Guardiola’s side at the top of the league, although West Ham will provide a tough test as they hunt for a top four finish.
And former Liverpool, Man United and Newcastle striker Michael Owen has given his verdict ahead of this weekend’s mouth-watering action in another exciting round of fixtures.
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On Saturday, Liverpool welcome West Ham to Anfield as they remain desperate to keep up the chase on Man City in the race for the title, and Owen predicts the Reds to be too strong in attack for the Hammers.
Speaking to BetVictor , he said: ‘I thought some of Liverpool’s play was superb against Chelsea last week.
“This is now easily the best squad that Klopp has had at his disposal, and he’s actually got some selection dilemmas. Salah, Mane, Jota, Diaz and Firmino can’t all play in the same team. That’s a good problem to have though!
“West Ham haven’t been playing well of late, but that was a huge win over Wolves last week. They kept their small chance of a top four finish alive and got a bit of confidence back. A defeat here though, and I think there’s too many teams ahead of them in that race for 4th.
“I think Liverpool will score a few here. They look unbelievable going forward at times, 3-1.”
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On Sunday sees the game of the weekend taking place with the Manchester derby set to provide plenty of entertainment in a huge game for both sides.
Despite United winning on their last three visits to the Etihad, Owen can’t see anything other than a City win.
He said: “City weren’t at their best against Everton, but they did what champions do, and that was to win the game.
“I’ve got to talk about Grealish’s goal against Peterborough in the FA Cup. I’m not sure what was better, the pass from Foden or the first touch from Grealish. Absolutely superb.
“This is a huge few weeks for United, they’ve got some tough games on the way. They’ve had a habit in recent seasons of getting positive results at the Etihad, but I can’t see it this season.
“City will be too strong, too focused for United here and they’ll control this game. United will score, but City will win 3-1.”
Owen’s Premier League predictions
Leicester 2-0 Leeds
Aston Villa 1-1 Southampton
Burnley 0-1 Chelsea
Newcastle 2-1 Brighton
Norwich 1-1 Brentford
Wolves 2-1 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 3-1 West Ham
Watford 1-2 Arsenal
Man City 3-1 Man Utd
Tottenham 1-1 Everton