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Michael Owen makes Premier League predictions including Liverpool vs Everton

Michael Owen has backed former club Liverpool to get the better of Everton in the Merseyside derby.

The Reds have not enjoyed playing at Anfield in recent weeks but have not to lost to the Toffees at home in over two decades.

Everton arrive into the contest having suffered back-to-back defeats at Goodison Park.

But on their travels their form has been impressive, but Owen still can’t look past the hosts despite their current form.

He told BetVictor: “Although Liverpool are winless in five at Anfield, Tuesday’s away win against Leipzig in the Champions League will have given the players a huge lift.

Liverpool have only won two of their last eight in the league

“Everton arrive here in great form on the road. The Toffees are undefeated in their last 7 away matches in the Premier League, so they should be in good spirits ahead of this one.

“That said, Liverpool looked a lot more like their old self midweek. Mo Salah was excellent again, and if he’s in the mood, he could play a big part.

“Unfortunately for Everton, I think they’ll have to wait a bit longer for that Anfield win. I’m siding with the Reds to shade it in what should be an entertaining derby.”

Liverpool need the win to push towards the top four having fallen down to sixth.

Manchester United are well placed to secure Champions League football next term, but have also seen a drop off in results recently.

They drew at lowly West Brom last weekend and face strugglers Newcastle this weekend.

But an improved showing in midweek has the Red Devils well poised at Old Trafford.

“A little bit of complacency has crept back into the Manchester United side recently,” Owen claimed.

Man Utd dropped points last week
Man Utd dropped points last week

“Last week’s draw against West Brom was pedestrian, however, they were back at their best when swatting aside Real Sociedad 4-0 in Spain on Thursday.

“Steve Bruce has managed to get a reaction from his players following a horrid run of form at the start of the year.

“That said, this is a big test for Newcastle and it’s one I think that’s just out of their grasp at the minute. It’s 2-0 Manchester United for me.”

Arsenal have hopes of a late push for the top four but face a rampant Manchester City side.

Mikel Arteta will welcome old boss Pep Guardiola to the Emirates, but Owen can’t see past the champions elect.

Mikel Arteta will entertain Pep Guardiola
Mikel Arteta will entertain Pep Guardiola

He said: “Arsenal continued their improved form with victory at home to Leeds last Sunday. The game was over by half-time, although the Gunners were a little complacent in the second half when conceding two goals.

“Manchester City continued their ruthless run of form winning away at Goodison Park midweek.

“The Citizens are steam-rolling all before them at the minute, and with a win in the cup already under their belts at the Emirates this season, I think they’ll have too much for the home side once again.”

Owen is also expecting Chelsea to continue their impressive start under Thomas Tuchel with a win at Southampton.

West Ham take on Tottenham in a game that could have top four implications with Owen backing the Hammers.




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