Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions including West Ham v Chelsea and Manchester United v Crystal Palace

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Michael Owen looks on during Southampton's clash with Everton

Michael Owen has delivered his predictions for the weekend’s Premier League action (Picture: Getty)

Michael Owen has cast his eye over an intriguing set of fixtures that await in the Premier League, with Chelsea’s trip to West Ham arguably the pick of the bunch this weekend.

Chelsea have enjoyed an outstanding start to the season and sit one point clear of second-placed Manchester City at the top of the table after winning ten, drawing three and losing just one of their opening 14 games.

Thomas Tuchel’s men – the Champions League holders – know they face one of their toughest tests yet in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off away to a Hammers side flying high in fourth place.

However, David Moyes’ Irons are without victory in their last two top-flight matches and head into the London derby as underdogs, despite the advantage of playing in front of a home crowd.

Elsewhere, Ralf Rangnick is preparing to take charge of Manchester United for the first time against Crystal Palace after being unveiled as the club’s interim boss in the week.

The German, nicknamed the ‘Godfather of ‘Gegenpressing’, takes over the reins with United languishing down in seventh, but maximum points at Old Trafford could see the Red Devils rise into the top four.

Aston Villa’s meeting with Leicester is another clash which promises to entertain, with Steven Gerrard’s side looking to return to winning ways after their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.

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Pep Guardiola’s champions, meanwhile, will look to make it seven wins from seven in all competitions when they take to the field versus lowly Watford, who sit 17th after back-to-back losses.

Former England striker Owen previewed the weekend’s action for BetVictor and delivered his predictions for all ten matches, starting with the leaders’ encounter with London rivals West Ham.



West Ham vs. Chelsea

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

What a game to start the Premier League weekend! David Moyes must have been gutted to have conceded such a late equaliser to Brighton and West Ham are on a poor run of form at the minute. The good news is that they remain firmly in the top four race, but they need to start picking up more points.

It wasn’t a dominating victory, but Wednesday’s win over Watford was vital for Chelsea. My only concern at the minute for them is the number of goals they are scoring. Lukaku is still working his way back to full fitness, so they need him back fit and firing.

This will be a very even game, but I can see Chelsea narrowly edging it, 2-1.

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Newcastle vs. Burnley

Michael Owen’s prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Burnley

Newcastle showed some spirit in that draw against Norwich. To go down to ten men so early in the game is never easy. Eddie Howe will be disappointed to not claim the win though and this game now becomes massive.

No team in the league has drawn more games than Burnley. It was a good point away to Wolves, but they need to turn some of these performances into wins. They’ve only lost once in the league since September, and that was to Man City, so they are proving hard to beat.

This is a huge one. A defeat for Newcastle here and the pressure is really on them. Given it’s such a big game, I think both teams will be too desperate to not lose, and we could see a draw

Eddie Howe looks on during Newcastle's Premier League clash with Norwich

Newcastle remain winless this season (Picture: Getty)



Wolves vs. Liverpool

Michael Owen’s prediction: Wolves 0-2 Liverpool

Newcastle showed some spirit in that draw against Norwich. To go down to ten men so early in the game is never easy. Eddie Howe will be disappointed to not claim the win though and this game now becomes massive.

No team in the league has drawn more games than Burnley. It was a good point away to Wolves, but they need to turn some of these performances into wins. They’ve only lost once in the league since September, and that was to Man City, so they are proving hard to beat.

This is a huge one. A defeat for Newcastle here and the pressure is really on them. Given it’s such a big game, I think both teams will be too desperate to not lose, and we could see a draw

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Southampton vs. Brighton

Michael Owen’s prediction: Southampton 1-1 Brighton

It was an entertaining 2-2 draw for Southampton against Leicester and both sides probably felt they could have won it. Southampton always compete well, but they don’t convert enough into wins.

What a finish that was from Neal Maupay against West Ham. I thought Brighton deserved at least a point, but they haven’t won in the league since September.

This has a draw written all over it, 1-1.

Ralph Hasenhuttl and Graham Potter look on ahead of Southampton's clash with Brighton

Southampton play host to Brighton at St Mary’s this weekend (Picture: Getty)



Watford vs. Manchester City

Michael Owen’s prediction: Watford 0-3 Manchester City

Watford can probably count themselves a little unlucky against Chelsea on Wednesday. They created some chances but if you don’t take them, the top sides make you pay. Watford always pose a threat though and King and Dennis continue to score regularly.

I thought that was a performance of champions by City against Villa. It’s never easy to go away from home in mid-week but those two goals were superb, particularly Bernardo Silva’s.

City are beginning to look ominous in this title race. They get better and better each week, and I can only see a comfortable win here.

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Leeds vs. Brentford

Michael Owen’s prediction: Leeds 1-1 Brentford

What a dramatic win that was for Leeds against Palace on Tuesday.  Palace did have chances, but I thought Leeds’ energy levels were superb and Raphinha took his penalty superbly.

Brentford didn’t play badly against Spurs on Thursday, but they didn’t really lay a glove on them.  Last weekend’s win over Everton was vital though and keeps them in a decent position.

One point separates these two in the league and I don’t see much between these two on current form.  I’m going for 1-1 here.

Leeds United v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Leeds beat Palace in dramatic fashion in midweek (Picture: Getty)



Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace

Michael Owen’s prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Crystal Palace

The main man, Cristiano Ronaldo, again stole the headlines with his 800th and 801st career goals in the win against Arsenal. It will be very interesting to see how Ralf Rangnick gets on as the United boss and how he manages Ronaldo.

That’s now two defeats in a row for Palace. They had a few chances against Leeds on Tuesday but to concede in the last minute must be a tough one to take.

Palace have given the top sides some problems this season, and I don’t think this will be easy for United. I think they will have just too much though, 2-1.

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Tottenham vs. Norwich

Michael Owen’s prediction: Tottenham 1-0 Norwich

The performances haven’t been emphatic, but things are beginning to click for Antonio Conte at Spurs. You knew he would improve the defence and that’s now just one goal conceded in his three games in charge.

Dean Smith must have been disappointed to not claim all three points against ten-man Newcastle. Still, he remains unbeaten at the helm, and it looks like Pukki is finding some form. He took his goal superbly against Newcastle and what a difference it will make if he can keep scoring.

Spurs aren’t exactly scoring at will, but they are beginning to look more solid. I’m going for 1-0 Spurs here.

Antonio Conte looks on during Tottenham match

Antonio Conte has had a mixed start as Tottenham boss (Picture: Getty)



Aston Villa vs. Leicester

Michael Owen’s prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester

After starting his tenure with two wins, Steven Gerrard will have been encouraged by the performance against City on Wednesday. They competed well for most of the game, and they look a side transformed.

There’s no consistency with Leicester this season. A draw away to Southampton isn’t a disastrous result but they must have been targeting more. A bright spot is the form of James Maddison, who has scored in his last three in all competitions

This is a hard one to call, but I fancy Villa to add to their good form.

Steven Gerrard looks on after Aston Villa's defeat to Manchester City

Villa were beaten by champions City in their last match (Picture: Getty)



Everton vs. Arsenal

Michael Owen’s prediction: Everton 1-1 Arsenal

The pressure is well and truly on Rafa Benitez now. Everton’s form is poor but the performance against Liverpool was alarming. They do have a lot of injuries and the sooner they get Calvert-Lewin back the better.

Mikel Arteta will have been disappointed to leave Old Trafford with nothing. Arsenal were a bit too passive after taking the lead and it will feel like a missed opportunity.

This feels like a make-or-break game for Rafa Benitez.  I don’t think Everton will lose this; I’m going for a 1-1 draw.


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