Michael Owen states his prediction for Southampton v Chelsea FC

The Liverpool FC legend believes Chelsea FC will return to winning ways against Southampton on Sunday

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

Michael Owen is backing Chelsea FC to return to winning ways at Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues made an impressive start to life under Antonio Conte’s replacement Maurizio Sarri following five successive Premier League victories.

Few would have expected Sarri to have such a big impact on the west London side given his belated appointment ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Indeed, the former Napoli manager was only able to sign Italy international Jorginho, Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic and veteran goalkeeper Rob Green in the summer transfer window.

However, Jorginho’s arrival has helped to improve Chelsea FC despite the former Napoli star being slotted into the Chelsea FC in a holding midfield role to deprive N’Golo Kante of his preferred role.

Chelsea FC eased to victories over Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United, Arsenal, Cardiff City and Bournemouth in their opening five games to hoist themselves to the top of the table.

But West Ham ended their rivals’ winning run with a goalless draw at the London Stadium before Daniel Sturridge netted a late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw for Liverpool FC at Chelsea FC last weekend.

The Blues have an opportunity to make up the two-point deficit on leaders Manchester City and Liverpool FC when Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp go head-to-head at Anfield in Sunday’s late kick-off.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is confident that Chelsea FC will ease to a win against Southampton at St Mary’s this weekend.

“Chelsea have won their last three at St Mary’s and the hosts are without a win in their last 25 PL games against the “big six” clubs,” Owen told BetVictor.

“Southampton had plenty of possession at Molineux last weekend but lacked a cutting edge and I feel the Blues will take the points with Eden Hazard back to his brilliant best so far this season. His two goals against Liverpool last week were world class.

“Chelsea will go top-of-the table if they beat Saints and will feel this is an excellent opportunity to put the pressure on both Liverpool and Manchester City who meet in the eagerly-anticipated late kick off on Sunday.”

Southampton manager Mark Hughes has an unenviable task masterminding a win against Chelsea FC given the Saints have lost their last six games against the west London side in all competitions.

The south coast club have only managed to win one of their last 11 meeting against the Blues to highlight Chelsea FC’s dominance of this fixture over the past few seasons.

Chelsea FC have the chance to make up some ground on Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool FC this weekend when the first and second-placed teams meet at Anfield.

Both Manchester City and Liverpool FC are two points ahead of Chelsea FC in the title race.

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