Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea v Everton
Michael Owen is backing Everton to hold Chelsea to a draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon
Michael Owen is tipping Everton to hold Chelsea to a draw in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues’ struggles this season have been well-documented, but Guus Hiddink’s men have shown signs of improvement since the Dutchman’s appointment as manager on an interim basis until the end of the campaign.
Hiddink’s side, however, failed to make it back to back wins in the Premier League on Wednesday night as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Bromwich Albion in west London.
And former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Owen feels that the Blues are going to have their work cut out against Roberto Martinez’s Everton side on Saturday after the Toffees earned a point at Manchester City in midweek.
Owen wrote on his blog for Colossus Bets: “Quite what Chelsea’s best side is these days is open to some debate – for example, who at the start of the season would have thought that Nemanja Matic would be fighting for his place in the starting line-up with John Obi Mikel? – and it is now obvious that you can’t assume that their home games are a guaranteed three points any more.
“Even factoring in their recent improvement – they are unbeaten in their last six games – to think that they have only won four of their league games at the Bridge is pretty staggering. And a 2-2 home draw against West Brom on Wednesday night isn’t really good enough.
“Of course, Saturday’s opponents Everton generally haven’t covered themselves in glory against the better sides in the league this season – if you can still call Chelsea that, and Everton did win the reverse fixture 3-1 in September – and are conceding too many goals.
“But they score more than their fair share, beat Man City 2-1 in the League Cup recently – and drew with them 0-0 away on Wednesday night – and have a good away record in the league with only one defeat in 10 games.
“Everton have drawn six of those 10 away games, and that is what I am going for here in the shape of Any Other Draw.”
Chelsea, who won the title and League Cup last season, are currently 13th in the Premier League table and 12 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.