Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions including Man Utd vs Arsenal plus Everton vs Liverpool

Michael Owen has delivered his predictions for this week's Premier League matches

Michael Owen has delivered his predictions for this week’s Premier League matches (Getty)

Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal and the first Merseyside derby of the season between Liverpool and Everton are the two standout Premier League fixtures this week.

United are set to have new interim manager Ralf Rangnick watching from the stands as they host Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The Gunners have been in excellent form after a poor start to the season with seven wins out of their last 10 Premier League games.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have picked up momentum in recent weeks with two consecutive 4-0 victories in the Premier League over Arsenal and Southampton. Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Everton, who have lost five out of their last six league games under Rafa Benitez.

Elsewhere, Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways as they meet Watford at Vicarage Road, while Steven Gerrard faces a huge test with Aston Villa as his side host Manchester City at Villa Park.

In his column for BetVictor, Owen delivers his predictions for all of the midweek matches.

Newcastle United vs. Norwich City

Michael Owen’s prediction: Newcastle United 2-0 Norwich

Bottom club Newcastle need to pick up fast. They may be the richest side in the league, but without reinforcements in January, it’s hard to picture them not in a dogfight for survival come May.

They welcome fellow strugglers, Norwich, to St James’ Park here. The visitors have seen a slight upturn in form, and with a bit of luck, could’ve landed all three points at Molineux on Saturday.

I think this one will be tight. All in all, I think it might take Eddie Howe a bit of time to get his ideas across, but in front of a packed home crowd, I think they might just get the result they crave here.

Eddie Howe is still searching for his first win as Newcastle United manager

Eddie Howe is still searching for his first win as Newcastle United manager (AFP via Getty)

Leeds United vs. Crystal Palace

Michael Owen’s prediction: Leeds United 1-1 Crystal Palace

With only two wins this season in the Premier League, it’s safe to say Leeds are yet to hit anything like the heights they reached last season.

They have another tough evening in prospect, as Crystal Palace can make things awkward. There’s been a real lack in front of goal for the home side this season, and I think that could hinder them again. Palace are drawing a lot of games, and I reckon another point here will be looked upon as one well earned. It’s 1-1 for me.

Chelsea will be looking to stay top of the Premier League this week (Getty)

Watford vs. Chelsea

Michael Owen’s prediction: Watford 0-2 Chelsea

Watford host Premier League leaders Chelsea at Vicarage Road where Claudio Ranieri will face off against his former side.

The Blues were held at home last time out against Man Utd, so will be all too aware of Manchester City and Liverpool breathing down their necks.

Whilst the Hornets have improved under Ranieri, this is a whole different test. I don’t think there will be a lot in it, although I do expect the visitors to make the short trip home with all three points in the bag.

David Moyes and West Ham are looking to bounce back after two consecutive defeats in the Premier League (Getty)

West Ham vs. Brighton

Michael Owen’s prediction: West Ham 2-1 Brighton

Brighton have been excellent this season. Their fans booing the team on Saturday after their 0-0 draw with Leeds may have not impressed Graham Potter, however, it could be seen as a back-handed compliment with their standards now much higher than in previous seasons.

That said, this trip to the London Stadium is a tricky one. We all know how well the Hammers have progressed under David Moyes, and despite a small downturn in form, European qualification is certainly on the agenda for his side again. I see another close one in prospect but think the Hammers’ have just enough to get the job done.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley have registered just one win this season (Reuters)

Wolves vs. Burnley

Michael Owen’s prediction: Wolves 1-0 Burnley

Wolves will have been disappointed to come away with just a point in their 0-0 draw with Norwich at the weekend. Despite looking threatening, they haven’t managed to convert near enough this season.

They host a Burnley side who are proving, once again, to be one of the hardest sides in the league to break down. So, it comes as no surprise that I see a low scoring affair here, although I do feel Wolves have just enough quality to take the points.

Jamie Vardy finally ended his goal drought with a double against Watford (PA)

Southampton vs. Leicester City

Michael Owen’s prediction: Southampton 1-2 Leicester City

Leicester fired in four at home to Watford at the weekend. Jamie Vardy and James Maddison were both in excellent form, and up against a Southampton side that looked out of sorts at Anfield, Leicester should fancy their chances.

We know how good the Foxes can be, and although we’ve not seen it enough this season, I think they might be about to turn the corner.

I’m expecting a decent match, and I think the Foxes will nick the points. It’s 2-1 at St. Mary’s for me.

Manchester City are now just a point behind Premier League leaders Chelsea (Getty)

Aston Villa vs. Manchester City

Michael Owen’s prediction: Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester City

It was a stroll in the park for City at home to Everton last weekend, and they’ll need more of the same here to keep up with pacesetters, Chelsea. West Ham are tough opponents. They can be hard to break down, and in attack, Michael Antonio is a handful.

I’m expecting a good game here. City should be on a high after an excellent midweek win against PSG, and with the wind in their sails, I think they’ll notch up another three points.

Liverpool are preparing for their first Merseyside derby of the season (Getty)

Everton vs. Liverpool

Michael Owen’s prediction: Everton 1-2 Liverpool

The Merseyside Derby returns with Liverpool aiming to get revenge after Everton’s triumph at Anfield earlier this year. That was in the middle of a bad period for the Reds, and now with Van Dijk back fit along with a return to top form from Trent Alexander-Arnold, this should be a lot tougher for the visitors.

The Reds can’t stop scoring at the moment, and if Messrs. Salah and Mane are in the mood, I think they’ll notch up another victory.

Antonio Conte admitted last week that Spurs’ level is ‘not so high’ (Getty)

Tottenham vs. Brentford

Michael Owen’s prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Brentford

Spurs have had almost a week to put their embarrassing defeat away to Mura in the Europa Conference League behind them after their weekend’s game against Burnley was postponed.

Brentford are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, and they’ll be buoyed after their weekend triumph against Everton. I think they’ll have a go here, but if Antonio Conte has his side well drilled, which I think he will, I think Spurs can pick them off on the counter. It’s 2-0 to the home side for me.

Manchester United will need Cristiano Ronaldo firing to see off Arsenal (Reuters)

Manchester United vs. Arsenal

Michael Owen’s prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal

Manchester United v Arsenal is a fixture that always grabs newspaper headlines, and with the introduction of Ralf Rangnick, this is sure to be no different. It’s still hard to grasp what Manchester United are in terms of style of play, but I do believe the German will have them far more organised, especially at set plays.

For Arsenal, there’s definitely been improvement here, although to be honest, I do think they’re slightly behind Manchester United when you look at the sides pound-for-pound. With that in mind, I’m going for a home win for the Red Devils.

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