‘Severe test’: Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Michael Owen is backing Chelsea FC to ease past Crystal Palace in a high-scoring game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon

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

Michael Owen is backing Chelsea FC to beat Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues will return to Premier League action with a home clash against Roy Hodgson’s side.

Chelsea FC came from 4-1 down to rescue a 4-4 draw with nine man Ajax in a thrilling Champions League tie on Tuesday night.

Frank Lampard’s side have won their last five Premier League games to build some significant momentum in the top flight.

Crystal Palace were 2-1 winners against Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this season, while the London side came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Arsenal at The Emirates last month.

However, the Eagles have won only two of their last 17 visits to Stamford Bridge to underline why Chelsea FC are clear favourites to claim three points this weekend.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Chelsea FC to beat Crystal Palace in a close fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

“Crystal Palace have lost their last two home games, but they have already won at Old Trafford this season and came from 2-0 down to get a point at Arsenal in their last away game,” Owen told BetVictor.

“The Eagles look sure to give Chelsea a severe test at Stamford Bridge, but I expect the Blues to keep all three points in this London derby,” Owen told BetVictor.

“You could argue that Chelsea were hanging on at Vicarage Road at the weekend, but if it wasn’t for the outstanding keeping of Ben Foster, Frank Lampard’s side would have been out of sight before the Hornets revival which was instigated by their hotly disputed penalty given by the VAR.

“Chelsea have had more than their fair share of injuries and any club side in the world would miss World Cup winner N’Golo Kante, yet they have coped brilliantly with his continued absence and they are taken to cement their place in the top four.”

Chelsea FC can win six successive Premier League fixtures for the first time since their title-winning season under Antonio Conte back in May 2017.

The Blues won all of their games against London opposition at Stamford Bridge last season.

Lampard was appointed as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement in the summer after the Italian head coach decided to take over the reins at Juventus.

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