Michael Owen states his prediction for Atletico Madrid v Chelsea
The Liverpool legend is tipping Atletico Madrid and Chelsea to play out a close-fought fixture in Madrid on Wednesday night
Michael Owen is tipping Chelsea to endure a tough night against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Premier League title holders will look to extend their winning start to the 2017-18 Champions League campaign in the Spanish capital.
Chelsea were 6-0 winners against Azerbaijan side Qarabag in their European opener at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.
The west London side returned to the competition after Antonio Conte led the Blues to Premier League title glory in his first season in charge.
Chelsea are unbeaten in five games in the Premier League after Alvaro Morata scored a brilliant hat-trick in a 4-0 win against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium last weekend.
Former Liverpool striker Owen believes there will be little to separate Atletico Madrid and Chelsea in their Champions League fixture on Wednesday night.
“Fascinating to see whether Diego Costa will be in the crowd to witness his clubs past, present and future as Chelsea travel to the newly built Wanda Metropolitano,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Costa will return to Atletico Madrid in January subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.
“The English Champions are 14/5 to cause an upset in the Spanish capital but, I’m expecting a cagey 90 minutes with both sides likely to give little away.”
Diego Costa sealed a loan move to Atletico Madrid last week after the controversial striker secured a return to the La Liga outfit following a summer of transfer speculation.
The Spanish side have agreed a £57m transfer fee to make the deal permanent at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season after finishing seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur.