Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen has delivered his predictions for this week’s Premier League fixtures, including the two huge games that could have a huge impact in this year’s title race.
Aston Villa host Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Tuesday evening before Manchester City travel to Molineux to take on Wolves on Wednesday night.
It was Klopp’s men that blinked first in the two-horse race when they dropped points against Tottenham Hotspur last time out whilst Pep Guardiola’s City ran riot against Newcastle United.
Villa have the chance to all but gift the title to Guardiola’s men if they take points off the Reds on Tuesday but with boyhood fan and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard in the dugout at Villa Park - it’s a game that has an overriding strange feeling to it.
Another former Liverpool man in Owen, though, believes the Reds won’t let lightning strike twice and instead will take the three points at Villa Park.
“That was an impressive win for Villa at Turf Moor on Saturday,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Burnley have been in good form, so to go and score three shows how dangerous this Villa side can be. Outside the top six, there’s not many sides who have the quality and the options that Villa do in attack.
“Liverpool didn’t play badly against Spurs, but it was a draw nonetheless. They’ve been winning so many games that it was inevitable they would drop points at some point.
“Liverpool just have to win their remaining games and see where that takes them. I can’t see them dropping points here, I’m predicting a 3-1 win.”
Manchester City go into the game at Molineux with a number of injury problems to boot and yet despite this, the former Ballon d’Or winner believes they will have too much for Bruno Lage’s team.
“I didn’t see Wolves draw with Chelsea coming, particularly with 15 minutes to go,” Owen added.
“To come from two goals down was really impressive and showed what a good side they can be.
“All eyes were on City against Newcastle to see how they would react after that defeat in Madrid. Pep couldn’t have asked for a better response from his side, they dominated the game. They scored five, which could have been more. You wouldn’t have known City lost in midweek.
“I’ve got to fancy them again here. 2-0 City.”
Elsewhere and Owen has got Everton’s solid form continuing with a 2-1 win away at Watford and Leeds United continuing to struggle with a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.
It’s no let up for Norwich City with Owen predicting a comfortable 3-1 win for Leicester City whilst he has the North London derby ending in a stalemate with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal playing out a 1-1 draw.
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