Michael Owen states his prediction for Huddersfield v Chelsea FC

The Liverpool FC legend believes Chelsea FC will beat Huddersfield Town in their Premier League opener

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen Photo: Screen grab

Michael Owen is backing Chelsea FC to beat Huddersfield Town in their Premier League opener on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues had a busy end to the summer transfer window following the arrival of Spain international Kepa Arrizabalaga in a £71m deal from Atletic Bilbao on Thursday.

The 23-year-old has become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper following his switch to Chelsea FC from the La Liga side ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League season.

The Blues have also signed Croatia international Mateo Kovavic on loan, veteran England goalkeeper Rob Green and Napoli midfielder Jorginho in a £57m deal.

Chelsea FC finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a spot in the Champions League for the second time in three seasons.

Former Liverpool FC and Manchester United striker Owen is backing Chelsea FC to beat Huddersfield in their Premier League opener on Saturday afternoon.

“New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri faces an anxious wait to see if he can persuade Willian, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois this week that their immediate future lies at Stamford Bridge,” Owen told BetVictor.

“Hazard was sorely missed by the FA Cup winners in a one-sided Community Shield defeat to champions Manchester City on Sunday. I wasn’t convinced the Chelsea defenders were in love with their new 4-4-2 formation, having played three central defenders and two wing backs under the previous successful regime at the Bridge.

“The good news for Sarri is they won’t play City every week and I think they can get a positive result in West Yorkshire. Huddersfield have picked up just 13 points in 2018 – fewer than any other side and I think it could be a long season for the Terriers.”

Chelsea FC were 1-0 winners against Manchester United in the FA Cup final after Eden Hazard scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot.

The Blues sacked Conte and appointed Sarri as the Italian’s replacement ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League.

Chelsea FC sold Thibaut Courtois in a £31m switch to La Liga giants Real Madrid.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Exclusive interview
The Sport Review
Exclusive interview: John Barnes on why Roberto Firmino is Liverpool FC’s most important player
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
2018 Review
The Sport Review
Milestones and memories, with Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Halep, Radwanska, and more
The Sport Review
Gary Lineker reacts to Mo Salah’s display in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Napoli
The Sport Review
John Arne Riise reacts to Alisson’s save in Liverpool FC’s 1-0 win over Napoli