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Michael Owen makes Premier League predictions for Arsenal vs Leeds, including Manchester City vs Tottenham, Leicester vs Liverpool and more

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Michael Owen makes Premier League predictions for Arsenal vs Leeds United, Manchester City vs Tottenham, Leicester vs Liverpool and more

Former England striker Michael Owen has backed Manchester City to tighten their grip at the top of the Premier League table with victory over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham at the Etihad. A huge weekend of top-flight action awaits, with Leicester also playing host to Liverpool and Arsenal entertaining Leeds in what promises to be an enthralling clash between the two English giants at the Emirates.

Elsewhere, new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, still unbeaten since taking over the reins from Frank Lampard, can lead his team to a fourth league win on the bounce with three points at home to Newcastle.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will be desperate to return to winning ways at West Brom after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Everton in an Old Trafford classic last Saturday.

On the champions’ trip to the King Power Stadium, ex-Liverpool forward Owen told Bet Victor:

‘On paper, this has the potential to be a cracker with both so good going forward. ‘That said, I think it may be more suited to the visitors from a tactical point of view. ‘Leicester will no doubt be willing to invite Liverpool on so they can utilise their counter-attack, however, it’s an extremely hard task to do that for 90 minutes against the Reds. ‘If Liverpool can get in front, it should open Leicester up and if that materialises, I think the points will be going back to Merseyside.’

United take on West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday United, another of Owen’s former clubs, will have been hurting after Dominic Calvert-Lewin found a last-gasp equaliser for Everton in a thriller at the Theatre of Dreams last weekend. But the Red Devils should be buoyed by their FA Cup fifth-round victory over West Ham in midweek and Owen backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to come out on top at the Hawthorns on Sunday. ‘I think it was a shrewd move from United to get Edinson Cavani in over the summer,’ he said. ‘His experience has been vital in recent away victories and I don’t think any defender will look forward to facing him. ‘With that in mind, there’s only one winner for me so I’m going with Manchester United to take the points home to Old Trafford.’

Arsenal play host to Leeds at the Emirates

Looking ahead to Leeds’ trip to Arsenal, Owen said: ‘The visitors arrive here as underdogs, but I think that suits Leeds and they’ll be quite comfortable in that role. ‘I expect them to deploy their smothering tactics on Arsenal. No side works harder off the ball than Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the Premier League, so the Gunners will have to be at their best if they are to take maximum points. ‘That said, Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their last three home matches in the Premier League and are undefeated in five at the Emirates.’

Man City v Tottenham:

Owen can only see one winner between Pep Guardiola’s City and Spurs this weekend, with Mourinho’s defence looking so vulnerable this season. Top-of-the-table City, who sit five points clear of second-placed United, are aiming to record an incredible 16th straight victory in all competitions this weekend. ‘No doubt, Mourinho will try to pick City off on the counter,’ Owen said. ‘However, as we’ve seen many times this season, Tottenham have a tendency to switch off at the back. ‘You just can’t afford to do that against City, and with the visitors in such tremendous form, I can only see this going one way.’

Steve Bruce can be encouraged by Newcastle’s recent victories over Everton and Southampton – after a dismal run of results over the winter period – but Owen is confident Chelsea will emerge as ‘comfortable winners’ at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. ‘Chelsea have hit a nice run of form under new manager Thomas Tuchel. The German certainly seems to have had the desired effect with the players now noticeably more organised, especially at the back,’ Owen said. ‘Newcastle have had a few good results of late. This will have come as such a welcome sight to the Geordie faithful after such a worrying run of form at the start of the year. ‘I think this one will be tough for the visitors. Chelsea have their tails up and seem to be extremely focused on securing Champions League football next season.  ‘I think they’ll have too much and can see them running out comfortable winners.’

Owen believes West Ham and Everton will come out on top in their respective matches with Sheffield United and Fulham. He also predicted Southampton would beat Wolves and backed Aston Villa to win away to Brighton.

 

 

 

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📺 Miquel Azeez is Simply Outstanding, Watch As He Nutmegs 3 Defenders To Score A Goal

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Miquel Azeez Has Been Outstanding For Arsenal Un23 side this season, he continues his great run of form yesterday as score a man of the match goal to hand Arsenal Un23 side a victory in the final game of the season.

📺 Watch The Great Goal…

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Arsenal to agree deal with Italian head-coach

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Maurizio Sarri could reportedly be in line for a surprise return to Premier League with either Arsenal or Tottenham.

 

The Italian tactician has been out of work since being given the boot by the Serie A giants Juventus last August – in spite of guiding the Old Lady to their 36th Scudetto.

 

Sarri is understood to be eager to get back in the dugout next term, with Italian journalist Carlo Laudisa stating the 62-year-old could very well return to the English top-flight.

 

During an appearance on Radio Punto Nuovo, the Gazzetta dello Sport journalist said: “Sarri could go to England.

 

“The Tottenham solution being the most plausible, but the Arsenal bench could also become free, as [Mikel] Arteta has missed all the Gunners’ season goals.”

 

Carlo’s claim that Maurizio could return to England comes in spite of reports the veteran coach is against the idea of resuming his career abroad.

 

The former Napoli leader is reportedly concerned about upping sticks during the COVID-19 pandemic in case he is unable to return to his homeland.

 

He enjoyed success during his sole campaign in charge of Chelsea, guiding the Blues to UEFA Europa League glory with a 4-1 win over Arsenal in Baku.

 

If Sarri is indeed open to managing the Gunners, he’ll no doubt be keeping tabs on developments at the club over the coming weeks.

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Video Highlights, Full Match Analysis: Chelsea 0 – 1 Arsenal

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Emile Smith Rowe denied Chelsea the chance to cement their top-four status as he took advantage of Jorginho’s howler to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues would have all but secured their Champions League qualification with a victory which would have taken them 10 points clear of Liverpool, who have four games left to play, but after making seven changes ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final, struggled to create clear-cut chances.

Kai Havertz should have put them ahead 10 minutes in when he intercepted Gabriel’s loose pass for Pablo Mari and raced clean through, but then fired over Bernd Leno’s bar with only his compatriot to beat. Moments later Jorginho’s equally poor back-pass was kept out by Kepa Arrizabalaga at full stretch, but Smith Rowe was on hand to bundle home after being teed up by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chelsea were dominant for the large majority of the remaining 75 minutes without forcing Leno into any uncomfortable saves until the final minute. They did beat him through Pulisic’s close-range header from a corner, which was swiftly denied by a VAR review, before the German produced a stunning stop to tip Kurt Zouma’s header onto the crossbar, which was then rattled by Olivier Giroud’s shot on the rebound.

Player Ratings

Chelsea: Kepa (6), James (6), Azpilicueta (6), Silva (6), Zouma (6), Chilwell (5), Jorginho (4), Gilmour (5), Pulisic (5), Mount (6), Havertz (5).

Subs: Hudson-Odoi (6), Giroud (6), Ziyech (5).

Arsenal: Leno (7), Gabriel (6), Mari (7), Holding (6), Tierney (7), Partey (6), Elneny (8), Saka (5), Odegaard (6), Smith Rowe (7), Aubameyang (5).

Subs: Bellerin (6), Lacazette (5), Chambers (6).

Man of the match: Mohamed Elneny

What the managers said…

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports: “We had three days, we are on a good run, we had a good mood. The choices were not so good today from my side for the line-up so that’s on me. We were unlucky, of course. But we did everything today to lose.

“I’m not happy with my line-up. It’s easy to say afterwards. But it was too many changes, I should not have done it like this. It’s something in particular – but I will not tell you!”

 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports: “I don’t know how they’re going to try from the outside but from the inside, nothing is broken.

“They’re going to put things on me that I never said, you can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. You can never doubt their efforts and how much they try.”

Match stats

  1. Arsenal completed their first Premier League double over Chelsea since the 2003-04 season, while this was their first league win at Stamford Bridge since October 2011, ending an eight-game winless run there (D2 L6).
  2. Chelsea suffered only their third defeat in 26 matches in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel (W17 D6), with all three defeats coming at Stamford Bridge.
  3. Arsenal have won three consecutive away Premier League matches without conceding for the first time since May 2013 under Arsène Wenger.
  4. Arsenal have had a different player aged younger than 21 score in each of their last three Premier League matches against Chelsea – Gabriel Martinelli in January 2020, Bukayo Saka in December 2020 and Emile Smith Rowe tonight.

What’s next?

Chelsea are off to Wembley in the FA Cup final on Saturday, where they will face Leicester City; Kick-off at 5.15pm.

Arsenal’s penultimate game of the season is also in London, with a trip to Crystal Palace next Wednesday night; Kick-off at 7pm.

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