Michael Owen, a former Real Madrid forward, has predicted some of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.
West Ham United will host Chelsea on Saturday evening at the London Stadium, while Manchester United will face Leeds United in an away Premier League tie on Sunday afternoon.
Leicester City will host Crystal Palace on Monday night at the King Power Stadium.
Providing his prediction, Owen told BetVictor, “Fans of West Ham and Chelsea both scan the fixture list at the start of the season for this one and on this occasion, given the position of both in the table, it’s all set up to be a vintage rendition of the London Derby.
“For the Hammers, Champions League football is a real possibility, and the prospect of beating one of their fiercest rivals as they both go for qualification will be salivating for Hammers’ fans.
“That said, this Chelsea side is proving to be a hard nut to crack for any side that crosses their path.
“The Blues’ 1-0 victory against Manchester City epitomised their defensive solidity and if they can maintain that level of performance, I think they could be one of few teams to leave the London Stadium with maximum points this season. West Ham 1, Chelsea 2.”
Commenting on the Leeds United vs Manchester United game, Owen said, “This is the fixture every Leeds fan will have been looking forward to all season long. A home fixture against rivals Manchester United and all that comes with it is always a highlight in the calendar.
“Leeds come into this after two terrific results, beating Manchester City away and drawing at home to Liverpool last week. They’ll fancy their chances here, however, they’re up against arguably the best side in the league when it comes to counter-attacking football.
“The Red Devils have mastered the art of winning away from home, and if Leeds have a go here, I think United will pick them off. It’s 2-1 to Manchester United for me. Leeds United 1, Manchester United 2.”
Speaking on the Leicester City vs Crystal Palace match, Owen said, “Through to the FA Cup final, it’s turning out to be a decent season for Leicester. The good news for Foxes fans is that it could be about to get much better if they’re to qualify for the Champions League. It’s within touching distance, however, they’ll want to avoid any more slip-ups between now and the end of the season.
“For Palace, they’re safe, so it’s fair to say it’s a job well done as far as Roy Hodgson is concerned.
“In contrast, Leicester has everything to play for, and with the wind in their sails after last weekend’s triumph, I think they’ll have more than enough to take the spoils here. Leicester City 2, Crystal Palace 0.”