Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea v Man City

Michael Owen looks ahead to Chelsea's FA Cup clash with Manchester City on Sunday afternoon

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Michael Owen is expecting to see Chelsea and Manchester City play out a draw in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bride on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues head into the game looking to return to winning ways after they were beaten 2-1 by Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash on Tuesday night.

That loss was their first defeat under interim boss Guus Hiddink this season but it was a largely positive display from the Blues in Paris.

City, meanwhile, are also looking to return to winning ways after their disappointing 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League last weekend.

Owen admits that Sunday’s game is a difficult one to predict and reckons that it will finish all square to force a replay at Etihad Stadium.

Writing in his column for Colossus Bets, Owen said: “I think Man City were badly done to with that penalty decision on Sunday, but the fact is that was their second home defeat in an important match, and they aren’t playing to their potential at the moment. They look vulnerable.

“Chelsea are certainly beginning to find their stride – even though Newcastle were very poor on Saturday night – and you have to go back to 14 December to find the last time they lost domestically, and they didn’t play badly in a 2-1 loss at PSG on Tuesday night.

“It’s a tricky game to call – City thumped them 3-0 back in August – and I fancy goals, so I will plump for Any Other Draw.”

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