Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea v Everton

The Liverpool legend is backing Chelsea to beat Everton at Stamford Bridge despite Wayne Rooney's impressive start to the season

Everton striker Wayne Rooney has scored in his first two games Photo: Uefa handout

Michael Owen doesn’t expect Chelsea to drop points against Everton on Sunday despite Wayne Rooney’s impressive start to the new season.

The Premier League champions will host the Toffees at Stamford Bridge this weekend in search of a first home victory of the 2017-18 campaign.

The west London side suffered a surprise 3-2 loss to Burnley in their season opener to raise questions about their ability to defend their title.

However, Chelsea were 2-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday evening following Marcos Alonso’s goal either side of half-time.

The west London side are still trailing Everton by a point after Ronald Koeman’s side eased to a 1-0 win against Stoke City at Goodison Park before a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at The Etihad on Monday.

Former Manchester United striker Rooney scored both of Everton’s goals against Stoke and Manchester City to make a bright start to the new season.

Ex-Liverpool striker Owen is backing Chelsea to beat Everton at Stamford Bridge despite tipping the Toffees to get on the score sheet.

“I was impressed by the way the champions bounced back at Wembley last weekend,” Owen told BetVictor.

“It is hard to see how Everton can get anything in West London on Sunday given they faced Manchester City at the Etihad on Monday and, at the time of writing, are due to face Hadjuk Split in Croatia in a vital Europa League tie on Thursday evening.

“I was not surprised to see Wayne Rooney retire from international football earlier in the week after a magnificent and record-breaking career for the Three Lions – well played Wazza!

“Rooney has already shown enough for Everton this season to suggest he can help his boyhood team take the next step up the ladder – although I would be surprised if they got anything at the Bridge a ground where they have not won in the Premier League since November 1994.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last term after finishing seven points clear of closest title rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

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