Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester United, Chelsea & Liverpool vs Man City

How will Michael’s predictions go this week? (Picture: Getty/Metro)The big game of the weekend is the clash between the top two and the favourites for the Premier League title Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday. Once again Brand Ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor ahead of the weekend action.

Burnley v Huddersfield

Burnley have won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this campaign while Huddersfield are one of three clubs without a win so far, this Premier League season.

The Terriers did get a point at Goodison last month, but the Clarets have rediscovered their best form of late and I can’t see past a home win.

Michael’s Prediction: Burnley 2-0 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace v Wolves

Will Wolves keep up their good form? (Picture: AFP/Getty)Palace went down to a late penalty at Bournemouth on Monday and have yet to win in front of the Selhurst Park faithful this season – I don’t expect them to buck that trend against Wolves at the weekend.

Wolves were not at their best but were still good enough to keep the points against Southampton at Molineux on Saturday. I think they can take a point against Roy Hodgson’s side who continue to struggle for goals.

Michael’s Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolves

Leicester v Everton

Everton have conceded twice in their three Premier League away games so far this season and I expect to see goals at the King Power Stadium in a game between two of the sides who will be battling for a Europa League place this season.

Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire were the Foxes goal scorers at St James’s Park at the weekend, but England manager Gareth Southgate was in the north east to run the rule over midfielder James Maddison.

Maddison has created 15 goalscoring opportunities for his teammates and had 15 shots on goal so far this term. It would be no surprise to see the 21-year-old called up for The Three Lions Nations League games with Croatia and Spain later in the month.

Michael’s Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Everton

Tottenham v Cardiff

Kane is finding form (Picture: EPA)Spurs were due to entertain Barcelona midweek and may have to fight against complacency when Cardiff visit Wembley at the weekend. Cardiff are without a win so far this season in eight games including seven Premier League matches and it is hard to make a case for them against Spurs as long as the hosts don’t take their eye off the ball.

Harry Kane has scored against 26 of the 27 different sides he’s faced in the Premier League and the only side he has yet to find the back of the net against is Cardiff although he only played 16 minutes against them as a substitute back in the 2013-14 season.

Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 3-0 Cardiff

Watford v Bournemouth

Five of the six Premier League games between the sides have ended in a draw but I feel Watford can get back to winning ways at Vicarage Road.

Bournemouth have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine away league games, and the Hornets will feel they haven’t got the points in recent games their performances have deserved.

Michael’s Prediction: Watford 2-0 Bournemouth

Manchester United v Newcastle United

A big game for Mourinho (Picture: Getty)A big week for Manchester United who entertained Valencia in the Champions League midweek ahead of the visit of the Magpies. The visitors are yet to win in the Premier League this season and were disappointing against Leicester City at St James’s Park at the weekend.

Newcastle have only won one of their last 36 games at Old Trafford and they are continuing to struggle in front of goal. I don’t expect to see a goal-fest at the weekend but feel the hosts will just do enough to keep the points in a tight, tense affair.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester United 1-0 Newcastle United

Fulham v ArsenalFulham are one of only two Premier League sides without a clean sheet so far this season and they will do well to keep a confident Arsenal side out at Craven Cottage in this High Noon showdown given the Gunners keep winning without being at their very best.

The Gunners have only won one of their last eight away London derbies, but I feel they will maintain their excellent recent run against the Cottagers although I expect the hosts to find the back of the Arsenal net.

Michael’s Prediction: Fulham 1-2 Arsenal

Southampton v Chelsea

Hazard will hope to inspire Chelsea (Picture: Rex)Chelsea have won their last three at St Mary’s and the hosts are without a win in their last 25 Premier League games against the “big six” clubs. Southampton had plenty of possession at Molineux last weekend but lacked a cutting edge and I feel the Blues will take the points with Eden Hazard back to his brilliant best so far this season. His two goals against Liverpool last week were world class.

Chelsea will go top-of-the table if they beat Saints and will feel this is an excellent opportunity to put the pressure on both Liverpool and Manchester City who meet in the eagerly-anticipated late kick off on Sunday.

Michael’s Prediction: Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Liverpool v Manchester City

Will Guardiola pick up a big win? (Picture: TNS via Getty)You must go back to 2003 for the last time City won at Anfield and the Reds have already beaten City three times this year – twice in the Champions League and a famous 4-3 Premier League success back in January.

Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in their last eight Premier League home games and are unbeaten in their last 24 home league games. It promises to be another wonderful occasion and a great game between two top-quality sides.

The Premier League will not be won at Anfield on Sunday, but the winners will go into the international break at least two points clear in the table.

I expect to see another home win for the Reds.

Michael’s Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City

Michael’s weekend wager: Burnley, Watford and Spurs at 5/1

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Michael Owen’s Champions League predictions for Liverpool and Tottenham v Barcelona

Michael Owen has made his predictions for this week’s Champions League fixtures (Picture: Getty)Another winning treble for Michael Owen last weekend in the Premier League and he has again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on the midweek Champions League action.

Tottenham, who have won their last two Premier League fixtures to move back into the top four, face La Liga heavyweights Barcelona at Wembley on Wednesday evening.

In-form Liverpool, meanwhile, who are one of only three clubs yet to drop a point in the Premier League, travel to Italy to face Napoli.

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Tottenham v Barcelona

Tottenham train ahead of their showdown with Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Barcelona have not won in La Liga since their 4-0 defeat of PSV in the Champions League last month although the Spanish giants have only lost one of their last 11 Champions League ties against English clubs.

That said they have only won one of their last seven Champions League games on the road and I think Spurs will give them plenty of problems at Wembley.

Spurs won all three of their Champions League group home games last season and scored three goals in each of those games.

Having lost in the San Siro in their opening tie, Spurs must get a positive result and I feel they will.

Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Barcelona

Napoli v Liverpool

Liverpool have made a fine start to the new season (Picture: Getty)Napoli failed to score in Belgrade against Crvena zvezda in their opening game but that was only the third time they have failed to find the back of the net in 29 Champions League ties.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has never lost to the Reds in the Champions League (W3 D1) although that one draw was the famous 2005 final in Istanbul when Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat Milan on penalties and give the Reds their fifth European Cup/Champions League.

Liverpool played their part in a high-class game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and few would have begrudged them their point via another quality goal from Daniel Sturridge.

The striker is certainly giving Jurgen Klopp a welcome headache ahead of another massive week for the club.

Michael’s Prediction: Napoli 1-2 Liverpool

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Michael Owen’s Champions League predictions, including Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham v Barcelona

Michael Owen has made his predictions for this week’s Champions League fixtures (Picture: Getty)Another winning treble for Michael Owen last weekend in the Premier League and he has again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on the midweek Champions League action.

Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City suffered a shock defeat to Lyon last month and will hope to bounce back away at Hoffenheim.

Manchester rivals United and their under-fire manager Jose Mourinho are also in desperate need of a victory after last weekend’s shocking 3-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham.

Tottenham face La Liga heavyweights Barcelona, while in-form Liverpool travel to Napoli.

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Hoffenheim v Manchester City

Man City were beaten by Lyon last month (Picture: Getty)The first ever meeting between the clubs and City need to get a result after their shock home reverse to Lyon on Matchday 1.

City cannot afford to have one eye on their trip to Anfield on Sunday, but their squad is deep, and I expect them to get their Champions League challenge back on track.

Hoffenheim got a point at Shakhtar Donetsk last month, but they were beaten at home by Leipzig at the weekend and the hosts have only won one of their last nine games in European competition.

Michael’s Prediction: Hoffenheim 0-3 Manchester City

Manchester United v Valencia

Jose Mourinho is under huge pressure at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)United are unbeaten in their eight previous Champions League ties with Valencia (W2 D4) although this is the first game between the clubs in the competition since December 2010 when the game finished 1-1.

The visitors have lost their last four Champions League games including a 2-0 home loss to 10-man Juventus on Matchday One.

Under normal circumstances this would be a banker home win for United, but these are worrying times at Old Trafford and I fancy the La Liga side might pick up a point in a low-scoring affair.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Valencia

Tottenham v Barcelona

Tottenham train ahead of their showdown with Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Barcelona have not won in La Liga since their 4-0 defeat of PSV in the Champions League last month although the Spanish giants have only lost one of their last 11 Champions League ties against English clubs.

That said they have only won one of their last seven Champions League games on the road and I think Spurs will give them plenty of problems at Wembley.

Spurs won all three of their Champions League group home games last season and scored three goals in each of those games.

Having lost in the San Siro in their opening tie, Spurs must get a positive result and I feel they will.

Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Barcelona

Napoli v Liverpool

Liverpool have made a fine start to the new season (Picture: Getty)Napoli failed to score in Belgrade against Crvena zvezda in their opening game but that was only the third time they have failed to find the back of the net in 29 Champions League ties.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has never lost to the Reds in the Champions League (W3 D1) although that one draw was the famous 2005 final in Istanbul when Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat Milan on penalties and give the Reds their fifth European Cup/Champions League.

Liverpool played their part in a high-class game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and few would have begrudged them their point via another quality goal from Daniel Sturridge.

The striker is certainly giving Jurgen Klopp a welcome headache ahead of another massive week for the club.

Michael’s Prediction: Napoli 1-2 Liverpool

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Tottenham v Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal

Michael Owen has made his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League action (Picture: Metro.co.uk)As the first international break of the 2018-19 season comes to an end, Michael Owen has delivered his Premier League predictions for the weekend.

Joint-leaders Liverpool travel to Tottenham in Saturday’s early kick-off, while reigning champions Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are all in action from 3pm.

Manchester United face Watford in the late game on Saturday evening, while struggling Burnley and West Ham are among the teams in action on Sunday.

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Tottenham v Liverpool

This is a real test of Liverpool’s title credentials and a win at Wembley will go a long way to proving their doubters wrong.

With a star-studded side full of attacking options the Reds are almost always guaranteed to score and will look to heap more misery on the hosts who were beaten at Watford last time out.

Liverpool have made an excellent start to the new season (Picture: Getty)Dele Alli hopes to be fit for the Londoners after missing England’s game with Switzerland and although Harry Kane was quiet against Spain he is still the go to man for his club.

Whether Spurs can stop a rampaging Liverpool forward line looks unlikely, however, and five wins on the bounce for Jurgen Klopp’s side beckons.

Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool

Bournemouth v Leicester

Bournemouth were well beaten at Chelsea before the International break but are a much tougher opponent on home soil.

There is usually a partisan atmosphere and the tight little Vitality Stadium generates a terrific atmosphere.

Leicester should welcome back star striker Jamie Vardy from suspension and after tough games with Manchester United and Liverpool the Foxes will fancy themselves on the South Coast.

Leicester have won two and lost two so far this term (Picture: Getty)They should be looking for maximum points if they wish to challenge for a top six berth but just look a little short of squad depth to perhaps make that leap at present.

Sitting on the fence I envisage a share of the spoils.

Michael’s Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester

Chelsea v Cardiff

Maurizio Sarri is certainly changing the way Chelsea approach their football and his refreshing attacking attitude is already making him a fans favourite at the Bridge.

Indeed, Chelsea have attempted and completed more passes than any other side in the Premier League so far this season.

Maurizio Sarri has already made a significant impact at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Their perfect start to the season is likely to be maintained on Saturday against a Cardiff side without a win in six in all competitions.

The Bluebirds did well to reach the top-flight, but the truth is they look set for a quick return and it is likely to be a long afternoon for Neil Warnock’s side at the Bridge.

Michael’s Prediction: Chelsea 4-0 Cardiff

Huddersfield v Crystal Palace

Without the injured Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace suffered a surprise home reverse against Southampton in their last game and have failed to build on an opening day win over Fulham.

The Eagles are likely to have the Ivorian international available for their trip to Huddersfield, however, and it should be noted that they have won all three top-flight away games between the sides without conceding a goal.

Crystal Palace have been reliant on Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty)Huddersfield are yet to taste victory so far this term but picked up a useful point at Goodison before the International break although scoring goals is likely to be a problem for the Terriers this term.  I feel Palace will secure a narrow success.

Michael’s Prediction: Huddersfield 0-1 Crystal Palace

Manchester City v Fulham

The Citizens will be looking for goals when they host new boys Fulham and there have been 16 goals scored in the Cottagers’ four Premier League games to date.

Fulham have already shipped nine times in those four games although in Alexsandar Mitrovic – who scored twice, one a cracker for Serbia midweek – they have a striker at the top of his game.

Manchester City have been backed to thrash Fulham (Picture: Getty)Indeed, the Serb has scored 16 league goals since his Fulham debut in February – more than any other in the top two divisions of English football.

That said I expect City to put behind a couple of indifferent performances against Wolves and Newcastle and gain an emphatic success.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester City 5-1 Fulham

Newcastle v Arsenal

Newcastle start the weekend in the bottom three and are yet to win, but the fixture list has not been kind to United and they look to have some easier looking fixtures after the visit of Arsenal.

Indeed, I still believe The Toon will move clear of the drop zone and it would be no surprise to me if they again finished the season in the top half.

Arsenal have yet to convince and often looked shaky at Cardiff despite running out 3-2 winners.

Mesut Ozil looks set to make his first appearance at St James’ Park (Picture: Getty)Two defeats from four outings is hardly top 4 form, however and the Gunners are already looking more like a top six outfit than one who will challenge for a Champions League spot – at least this season.

Newcastle won the corresponding fixture 2-1 last season and the Gunners have not won back-to-back away Premier League games since May 2017. I do not expect the Magpies to lose.

Michael’s Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Arsenal

Watford v Manchester United

Watford couldn’t have wished for a better start to the season and manager Javi Gracia, who had been favourite to be the first Premier League manager to lose/leave his post, was a worthy winner of the Manager of the Month for August.

Watford fans will be hoping that is not the kiss of death, but there looks no reason to desert the Hornets just yet.

United got a valuable win at Turf Moor last time but they won’t relish a trip to Vicarage Road and I expect the resurgent hosts to get at least a point from the game.

Michael’s Prediction: Watford 1-0 Manchester United

There has been speculation over Jose Mourinho’s future at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Wolves v Burnley

Wolves have made a good start to life back in the top flight and a late winner at West Ham has given them a platform to consolidate.

They took a useful point at home to the Champions in their previous game at Molineux and they will be relishing the visit of Burnley at the weekend.

Owen expects Burnley’s struggles to continue (Picture: Getty)Wolves are without a win in their last 14 Premier League games at Molineux but have only lost two of 28 home league games under Nuno Espirito Santo and the Clarets have lost five of their last six away Premier League games.

Things are likely to get worse before they get better for Sean Dyche’s side.

Michael’s Prediction: Wolves 1-0 Burnley

Everton v West Ham

Everton were disappointing against Huddersfield last time when they missed the skills of the suspended Richarlison who scored twice on his Brazil debut against El Salvador midweek.

The Blues must again do without the exciting Brazilian against West Ham this weekend, but I feel Marco Silva’s side can keep the points.

Manuel Pellegrini is already under pressure at the London Stadium (Picture: Getty)Everton have won more Premier League games against the Hammers (24) than any other club and Manuel Pellegrini will become the first West Ham manager to lose their first five league games of the season in their history if they lose at Goodison.

With Chelsea to come next weekend this is a massive game for the Irons, but I feel the points will stay on Merseyside.

Michael’s Prediction: Everton 2-0 West Ham

Southampton v Brighton 

These South Coast rivals look well matched and should provide an intriguing contest for Monday Night viewers to enjoy.

The Saints took the bragging rights with a narrow 1-0 success away in the League Cup recently but will need to improve their home form to make an impact this campaign.

Southampton host Brighton on Monday night (Picture: Getty)Brighton will be delighted with four points from a tough opening set of fixtures and after a tremendous comeback from 2-0 down at home to Fulham to rescue a point, look full of fight this time around.

Glenn Murray bagged a brace in that stirring fightback and looks key to Albion’s hopes.  I think they will do enough to add another point to their tally at St Mary’s.

Michael’s Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Brighton 

Michael’s weekend treble: Chelsea, Wolves and Everton at 10/3

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Michael Owen’s Champions League final prediction as Real Madrid face Liverpool

Owen has made his predictions for the CL final (Picture: VCG via Getty)It goes without saying that Real Madrid have a great European pedigree and Kiev will be their 16th European Cup/Champions League final – more than any other club and Zinedine Zidane is the first manager to reach three consecutive Champions League finals since Marcello Lippi between 1996 and 1998.

Indeed, under Zidane Real Madrid have never been knocked out in the Champions League, progressing in all nine of their two-legged Champions League ties as well as winning the two finals they have appeared in.

This shows the magnitude of the task facing Liverpool on Saturday.

All season I have thought Los Blancos were the team to beat in the Champions League and any side who have knocked out PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich deserve to take their place in the final.

They have not faced a side, however, with the pace, energy, skill and passion of this Jurgen Klopp-inspired Liverpool side and I expect to see Jordan Henderson pick up a sixth European Cup/Champions League Trophy for the Reds in Kiev.

Can Klopp inspire Liverpool? (Picture: Getty)Liverpool of course have their own rich heritage as far as the competition is concerned having reached their eighth European Cup/Champions League final (first since 2007) at least three more than any other English side.

The Reds became only the third team to score 40 goals within a single season in the Champions League after their two goals in Rome in the semi-final second leg, after Barcelona (45 in 1999-00) and Real Madrid (41 in 2013-14).

Mo Salah (10), Roberto Firmino (10) and Mane (9) have scored 29 goals between them in the Champions League this season and the Reds front-three can again be the difference between the sides in Ukraine. The Whites are a great team but they are not blessed with great pace in their back four and I expect Liverpool to exploit that weakness in what promises to be a cracker.

If there is an early goal, I honestly believe it could be any score.

My head says Real Madrid but my heart says Liverpool.

Prediction: Real Madrid 1-2 Liverpool

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Michael Owen’s Champions League & Europa League predictions, including Liverpool v Roma

We’ve reached the semi-final stage in the Champions League and Europa League with Liverpool and Arsenal representing Premier League interests respectively. Looking ahead to the ties, BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen makes his predictions.

Liverpool v Roma – Champions League, Tuesday

Liverpool are yet to lose in the European Cup/Champions League to Roma in three previous meetings – including the penalty shoot-out success in the 1984 Final in Rome – and I expect the Reds to take a lead back to the Italian capital for the second-leg in just over a week’s time.

Liverpool have scored 33 times in the Champions League this season and I expect to see the Reds come flying out of the traps at Anfield. The fans played their part against City in the quarter-final and I expect to see the same passion and energy on and off the pitch.

Liverpool were brilliant in the quarter-final as they came past Manchester City (Getty)Roma have won just one of their last 14 Champions League games on the road – and that was at Qarabag earlier in the season – and are without a clean sheet in their last 26 away games in the competition.

Newly crowned PFA Footballer of the Year Mo Salah has scored in his last four Champions League starts for the Reds and will meet up with a number of old friends and former team-mates.  That friendship will be put on hold for 90 minutes, however, in what will be a white-hot Anfield atmosphere – I take Liverpool to take a significant lead to Rome.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Roma

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Bayern Munich v Real Madrid – Champions League, Wednesday

These two great clubs have played 24 times previously in European competition with nothing between them – 11 wins each and two draws, although Real Madrid have held the upper hand in recent years winning the last five.

The Whites have won on their last two visits to the Allianz Arena (4-0 in the 2014 semi-final and 2-1 in last year’s quarter-final) and on both occasions the Spanish giants have gone on to lift the trophy.

Cristiano Ronaldo is this season’s Champions League top scorer (Getty)I cannot split the sides midweek but hope and expect my old side to find the back of the Bayern net. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in his last 11 Champions League games, which seems almost inconceivable such is the quality of the opposition.

I make no apologies for hoping and expecting to see two of my former clubs Liverpool and Real Madrid, in next month’s final in Kiev. Whilst the Reds should take a lead to Italy, I feel Los Blancos will have to settle for a draw.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 1-1 Real Madrid

Arsenal v Atletico Madrid – Europa League, Thursday

This is the first time these clubs have met in European competition and it promises to be a tight, cagey affair despite the fact that Arsenal have scored the most goals in the competition so far this season (29) and Atletico have scored 15 times in six games since they entered the competition.

The Gunners have scored at least three times in their last six home games in all competitions, but the Spanish side will represent a much tougher challenge. Atletico were held 0-0 at home by Real Betis – who had the best opportunities to break the deadlock – at the weekend, but Diego Simeone rested a number of key players- including Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann – and Betis went into the game having won their last six games.

Arsene Wenger will be looking to go out on a high at Arsenal by winning the Europa League (AFP)Atletico currently sit second in La Liga and have kept 11 clean sheets on the spin at home in all competitions. Arsenal cannot afford to lose the first leg and I do not think Arsene Wenger will play quite as attacking a side as the one who faced West Ham on Sunday. A clean sheet would give the Gunners every chance of reaching the final in Lyon next month.

Just a word on Arsene Wenger who announced his retirement last week. Wenger was a pioneer who changed the footballing landscape forever. He built a dynasty at Highbury/Emirates that will never be forgotten, and he will always be remembered as being one of English footballs greatest ever managers. Your innings well played sir.

Prediction: Arsenal 0-0 Atletico Madrid

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Michael Owen’s Premier League and FA Cup semi final predictions, including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal

It’s a huge weekend of Premier League and FA Cup semi-final action (Picture: Metro)The FA Cup semi-finals and the coronation of Manchester City as Premier League champions 2017/18 are the weekend highlights and again, Brand Ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on all the action.

Manchester United v Tottenham

Jose Mourinho must decide whether or not to restore Alexis Sanchez to his starting line-up (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have won their last three FA Cup ties against Tottenham, but I just feel Spurs will end their semi-final hoodoo – they have lost their last seven FA Cup semis – at Wembley on Saturday.

Both sides were in Premier League action on the south coast midweek with United meeting Bournemouth on Wednesday whilst Spurs were held 1-1 at Brighton twenty-four hours earlier.

Spurs were not at their best against Champions Manchester City on Saturday or against the Seagulls, but Mauricio Pochettino rested a number of key players at the Amex and I expect to see a rejuvenated Spurs come out firing in their “home” semi.

United did not show up at a subdued Old Trafford against West Brom on Sunday which was a surprise given their remarkable Derby comeback at the Etihad the previous weekend.

Romelu Lukaku has scored in every round of the Cup so far this season and Alexis Sanchez has scored five times in his four FA Cup games at Wembley – United need big games from the pair on Saturday evening.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham

Chelsea v Southampton

Alvaro Morata endured another difficult evening against Burnley (Picture: Getty)Southampton have won four of their five FA Cup ties against Chelsea but they surrendered a two-goal lead at St Mary’s in the league on Sunday and I expect the West London outfit to confirm the form at Wembley.

The Blues – who meet Chelsea at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Thursday – have won their last five games against the Saints and Antonio Conte has a big call to make as to who leads the Blues line following Olivier Giroud’s brace after coming on as a second half substitute last weekend.

I expect to see an entertaining clash with Chelsea making it through the final for the 12th time from their last 15 semi-finals.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Southampton

West Brom v Liverpool

Mohamed Salah will continue his quest to win the Golden Boot (Picture: Reuters)Nothing wrong with West Brom’s spirit and I wonder how many sides have been relegated at the end of a season they have gained wins at both Old Trafford (Premier League) and Anfield (FA Cup).

Liverpool entertain Roma on Tuesday and could be forgiven for having one eye on their Champions League semi-final first leg, but this is a very focussed, motivated Reds side and I expect them to have too much quality for the Baggies.

Mo Salah became only the third Liverpool striker to score 40+ goals in all competitions – after Roger Hunt (1961-62) and Ian Rush who achieved the feat twice in 1983-3 and 1986-87. He has been magnificent so far this season although you sense there is still more to come from the Egyptian who must be looking forward to meeting his old Roma teammates at Anfield.

Prediction: West Brom 0-2 Liverpool

Watford v Crystal Palace

Watford have only picked up one point from their last 30 on the road and have only gained a solitary draw from their last five games. The Hornets did pick up enough points earlier in the season to be almost certain of maintaining their Premier League status but their current form is a worry with next term in mind.

Palace got the maximum points their recent home form deserved when they beat Brighton in their south London derby last weekend and I think they can build on that success at Vicarage Road.

Prediction: Watford 0-2 Crystal Palace

Arsenal v West Ham

Arsenal are in action just 48 hours after Arsene Wenger confirmed he is to stand down at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)I thought Arsenal played well for long periods at St James’s Park but the bottom line is they have now lost five successive away league games for the first time since 1984. That is simply not good enough for a club of Arsenal’s heritage.

The Gunners home form remains good, however, and I expect them to go into Thursday’s Europa League semi-final with Atletico Madrid with three points safely tucked away from this London Derby.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 West Ham

Stoke City v Burnley

Stoke had two points cruelly taken from them at the London Stadium on Monday and the draw means they are five points from safety. You feel they must beat Burnley at the weekend if they are to have any chance of maintaining their Premier League status.

That is easier said than done, however. The Clarets, at the time of writing, have won their last five league games and they are challenging Arsenal for a place in the top six. What a season it has been for Sean Dyche and all involved with the club.

Prediction: Stoke City 1-1 Burnley

Manchester City v Swansea

Manchester City were confirmed as Premier League champions last weekend (Picture: Getty)I would like to add my congratulations to Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City side who have been quite magnificent this season and showed great character, to match their undoubted talent, at Wembley on Saturday when they demolished a very good Spurs side.

Raheem Sterling scored his 22nd goal of the season for City at Wembley, he has brought more consistency, and goals to his play this term – he has a massive role to play for the Three Lions in Russia this summer.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Swansea

Everton v Newcastle United

Everton were fortunate to come away with all three points at St James’s Park in the reverse fixture over Christmas and former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, eyeing a top ten finish, would gain great satisfaction if his Newcastle side finished above the Blues this season.

Former United manager Sam Allardyce has steadied the ship at Goodison, but the natives have not been best pleased with the quality of football the Blues have served up. Make no mistake this is no end-of-season affair between two mid-table teams.

I do not expect the Magpies to lose.

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Newcastle United

Michael’s weekend treble: Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Arsenal at 11/2

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal

It has not been the best of weeks for top-of-the-table Manchester City and things might get even worse for the Champions-elect this weekend given they meet a Tottenham side who are looking to cement their Champions League spot for next season.

Ahead of that match, and the rest of the weekend’s Premier League action, BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen makes his predictions…

Southampton v Chelsea

The opening goal is normally very important in any game but perhaps less so at St Mary’s this weekend, given both sides failed to hang on to a lead last time out. Indeed, Southampton have now failed to win any of the last six Premier League games in which they have opened the scoring!

Southampton lost to Arsenal last weekend despite having been in the lead (Getty)The Saints badly need the points as they look to maintain their Premier League status and if there is to be a winner at St Mary’s I feel it will be the hosts, despite them having lost their last four league games against Chelsea.

Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Chelsea

Burnley v Leicester City

Burnley manager Sean Dyche (Getty)Burnley are looking to win five consecutive top-flight games for the first time since November 1968 and Sean Dyche must be a leading candidate for LMA Manager of the Year irrespective of the outstanding claims of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

Only Mo Salah (21) has scored in more Premier League games than Jamie Vardy (15) so far this season and I fancy the Foxes will pick up a hard-earned point at Turf Moor.

Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Leicester City

Crystal Palace v Brighton

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha (Getty)Palace have not had much luck at Selhurst Park in recent months but that might change this weekend in their ‘derby’ clash with Brighton.

Brighton have failed to score in five of their last seven away Premier League games and I think they will struggle to cope with the pace and flair of Wilfried Zaha. You would have got big odds at the start of the season had you backed Luka Milovejic (10) to be top Premier League scorer for the Eagles this term and it is about time that Christian Benteke stepped up to the plate for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Brighton

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Huddersfield v Watford

There have been 32 goals in the last seven league games between the sides and I expect to see another entertaining clash in West Yorkshire.

The Hornets have only picked up one point from their last nine Premier League away games and coach Javi Gracia is yet to see his side score a goal away from Vicarage Road in four previous games. A hard game to call but I would be surprised if we did not see goals at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Prediction: Huddersfield 1-2 Watford

Swansea v Everton

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal (Getty)I was disappointed with Everton, despite them picking up a point, against Liverpool in last weekend’s Merseyside Derby. They were second best for much of the game before suddenly waking up in the last fifteen minutes due to the fact that the Reds were there for the taking.

It might be a long time before they a have a similar opportunity to break their Derby hoodoo such is the respective strength of the two clubs at present.

Carlos Carvalhal has won seven of his nine home matches since taking over at the Liberty Stadium and both defeats have come at the hands of Spurs. I think the Swans might edge a low-scoring contest.

Prediction: Swansea 1-0 Everton

Liverpool v Bournemouth

Mohamed Salah will be looking to crack the 30 goal mark (Getty)Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 18 home Premier League games and when they take the field at Anfield on Saturday evening against Bournemouth we will just know the winner of the 2018 Grand National – which starts fifteen minute earlier. But more importantly we’ll also know who the Reds will meet in the semi-final of the Champions League.

The Cherries have only won at Stamford Bridge against the ‘Big Six’ sides on the road in the history of the Premier League and I cannot see past another home win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Mo Salah has scored in 21 Premier League games so far this season and is one goal from becoming just the eighth player in the history of the competition to score 30 league goals in a season. Seventeen of those goals have come at Anfield but his midweek goal at the Etihad again showed just what a great player he is.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Tottenham v Manchester City

It’s been a poor week for Pep Guardiola (Metro.co.uk)Manchester City have played two great halves of football against United and Liverpool this week, but they were not able to sustain that brilliance over 90 minutes and it has to go down as a disappointing week for the club.

That should not detract, however, from a magnificent season for the team and they will be fitting champions – even if the champagne is currently on ice.

Spurs have won their last two home league games against City and the visitors would not be human if they did not feel a little sorry for themselves.

As an England supporter, I am concerned that England’s first-choice defender John Stones did not even make the bench for either of the games this week and Gareth Southgate must be a little worried about his lack of regular playing time.

These two sides can only play one way and that is to attack, but I feel the hosts will keep the points in the capital.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Manchester City

Newcastle v Arsenal

Can Rafa Benitez mastermind a win over Arsenal? (Reuters)Newcastle will be well aware that they have lost their last 10 Premier League games against the Gunners but I think they will buck that trend at St James’s Park on Sunday.

United have won their last three league games while the Gunners have actually lost their last four Premier League games on the road. Yes – they have not played an away league game since their 2-1 defeat at Brighton at the beginning of March!

Arsenal have only won thirteen of their 54 points so far this season on their travels and if there is to be a winner on Sunday, I expect United will edge it.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Arsenal

Manchester United v West Brom

Manchester United stunned Man City last time out (Getty)Manchester United have kept a league-high 16 clean sheets in the league so far this season and with a trip to Bournemouth to come on Wednesday I expect to see a no-frills success from Jose Mourinho’s side whose confidence must be sky-high after their Etihad derby win.

The Baggies have not won in their last 15 away league games while United have won their last five league games. This looks a banker home win.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 West Brom

West Ham v Stoke City

David Moyes would love to see his side win the Monday night game (Getty)You have to go back to December 2016 for the last time West Ham gained back-to-back home wins and I feel the Potters might take a vital point in the capital on Monday night.

Stoke are fighting for the Premier League lives but do have a good record at West Ham where they are unbeaten in their last five league visits.

Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Stoke City

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Michael Owen’s Champions League predictions, including Man City v Liverpool

Manchester City must overturn a three-goal deficit when they entertain Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals tonight – so can they do it? BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen looks ahead to that match and the rest of the Champions League action.

Manchester City v Liverpool (Agg: 0-3)

Only two teams in the history of the Champions League have overturned a 3+ goal deficit from the first leg in the knockout stages – Deportivo v Milan in 2004 and Barcelona v PSG 12 months ago. That shows the magnitude of the task facing Manchester City.

Liverpool won 3-0 in the first leg (Getty)That said, the tie would almost be in the balance had City scored at Anfield, but I can’t see them keeping a clean sheet against the Reds who have so much pace and power on the break.

I expect to see goals and although Liverpool will miss both Emre Can (injured) and Jordan Henderson (suspended) Man City old-boy James Milner has been a revelation in recent weeks for Jurgen Klopp’s side who I feel will do more than enough to be in Friday’s semi-final draw in Switzerland.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

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Roma v Barcelona (Agg: 1-4)

Luis Suarez celebrates his goal in the first leg (Getty)I was not impressed by Barcelona in the first leg and it would be fair to say that the scoreline flattered the Catalan giants in the Nou Camp.

Luis Suarez scored a terrific goal – his first in 10 Champions League games – but he looked out of sorts for large periods of the first leg, and Roma have never lost at home to Barcelona. Indeed, Barcelona have not won any of their last six Champions League away games against Italian sides.

I expect Barca to qualify but Roma to get at least a draw in the Italian capital.

Prediction: Roma 1-1 Barcelona

Bayern Munich v Sevilla (Agg: 2-1)

Bayern Munich train ahead of the second leg (Getty)Sevilla have never reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and Bayern have won their last seven Champions League games so you would imagine things would be straightforward for the Bavarian giants in Munich.

That said, I didn’t think Bayern played particularly well in Spain and I am beginning to get quite excited about the prospects of my former clubs (Liverpool and Real Madrid).

Bayern have won 20 of their last 21 home games in the competition and they should be far too good for the La Liga side.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-0 Sevilla

Real Madrid v Juventus (Agg: 3-0)

Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to add to his Champions League tally (Reuters)Juventus have won two of their eight away games in the Bernabeu although one was back in 1962 and the other a decade ago. Real Madrid are looking to qualify for the last four of the competition for the eighth consecutive season – an extraordinary feat.

The whites have score in their last 24 Champions League games – one might be enough to settle this tie.

Prediction: Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus

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Michael Owen’s Champions League predictions, including Liverpool v Manchester City

We have reached the last eight in the Champions League and the highlight is the all-Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester City.

BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen once again shares his thoughts on all the midweek quarter-finals, including the first-leg of the Liverpool v Man City tie at Anfield.

Juventus v Real Madrid – Tuesday

This is the 20th time these two great Clubs have met in the European Cup/Champions League and history shows there is very little between them with nine wins for Real Madrid, eight for Juve and two draws.

This is of course a repeat of last season’s final in Cardiff which my old club won 4-1 but Juve are unbeaten in their last 27 games at home in European competition and have won six and drawn the other tie in their seven previous home games with the Whites.

Juventus overcame Tottenham in the previous round (Getty)Spurs came near to ending the Old Lady of Italian football’s proud European home record in the last round, however, and I feel the La Liga side will get a draw – and a vital away goal – to take back to the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in every game he has played against Juventus – seven goals in five games – including two in last season’s final. This is the Whites’ only chance of silverware this season but I think they can get a draw in what promises to be a wonderful occasion with Zinedine Zidane returning to Turin for the first time as a coach.

Zinedine Zidana (C) speaks to Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Isco ahead of this week’s tie (Getty)Zidane won two Italian titles and a Ballon d’Or at Juventus and said in the build up to the game, ‘I became a man in Turin. I will always be Juventino.’ It is sure to be an emotional return to Turin for my former teammate.

Prediction: Juventus 1-1 Real Madrid

Sevilla v Bayern Munich – Tuesday

Bayern Munich’s players attend a training session at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Sevilla (Getty)Sevilla threw away a two-goal lead at home to Barcelona in La Liga at the weekend and I cannot see past a win for the Bundesliga side, despite the fact that Bayern have been knocked out of the competition by Spanish sides in each of the last four seasons.

I do think Manchester United missed a trick not going all out for a goal in the away leg of their last 16 tie with the La Liga outfit, but don’t expect Bayern to make the same mistake. The clubs have never met in European competition and this is Sevilla’s first appearance in the last eight of the Champions League. It promises to be a hugely entertaining clash with the Bavarians just having the edge.

Prediction: Sevilla 1-2 Bayern Munich

Barcelona v Roma – Wednesday

Lionel Messi has scored six Champions League goals this season – half the number scored by Cristiano Ronaldo (Getty)Roma have never made it beyond the quarter-final stage of the Champions League and I expect Barcelona to take a lead back to the Italian capital next week.

Roma have a raft of injury concerns ahead of the game in the Nou Camp while Barca were able to rest Lionel Messi for over an hour against Sevilla at the weekend before he almost single-handedly snatched a point for the champions-elect.

Barcelona are unbeaten in their last nine Champions League ties and have conceded only two goals in those games. Roma have only won one of their last 13 Champions League games on the road and I cannot see past a comfortable home win.

Prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Roma

Liverpool v Manchester City – Wednesday

The atmosphere at Anfield promises to be something special (Getty)The 179th meeting between Liverpool and Manchester City but the first in European competition and what a wonderful occasion it promises to be.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their 10 previous Champions League games this season and I expect them to take a slender lead back to the Etihad next Tuesday. One thing is for sure, City will have a harder game at Anfield than they had on their last visit to Merseyside given Everton’s pale and limp performance at Goodison on Saturday.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp and Man City’s Pep Guardiola (Getty)

Liverpool v Manchester City

Previous meetings this season…

Sep 2017, Premier League: Man City 5 Liverpool 0

Jan 2018, Premier League: Liverpool 4 Man City 3

Top scorers in Champions League…

Roberto Firmino – 7Sadio Mane – 6Mohamed Salah – 6Sergio Aguero – 4Raheem Sterling – 4

Path to the quarter-finals…

Liverpool topped Group E ahead of Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor without losing a game. Jurgen Klopp’s side then thrashed Porto 5-0 away in the Round of 16 before cruising through 0-0 in the second leg.

Manchester City topped Group F ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord. Pep Guardiola’s side won their first five games but lost 2-1 to Donetsk in the final match having already won the group. Man City overcame Basel 5-2 on aggregate in the first knock-out phase.

Odds…

Liverpool to qualify: 4/9

Manchester City to qualify: 17/10

Fixture and draw dates…

First leg at Anfield: Wednesday 4 April

Second leg at the Etihad: Tuesday 10 April

Semi-final draw: Friday 13 April

Most people expect a game full of goals and opportunities at both ends especially when you consider the two league games between the sides this season have produced 12 goals. I wonder, however, if you gave Jurgen Klopp a 0-0 draw whether he would take it.

There is too much quality and flair on show for the game to be a tactical stalemate and I expect Liverpool – roared on by the crowd – to take a lead to the Etihad but for City to have scored what might prove to be an all-important away goal.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City

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