Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Fulham

The Liverpool FC legend believes Chelsea FC will ease to victory over Fulham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday

Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen is backing Chelsea FC to beat Fulham in the west London derby at Stamford Bridge in Sunday’s early kick-off.

The Blues lost for the first time in the Premier League last weekend after Tottenham Hotspur eased to a 3-1 win over Chelsea FC at Wembley.

Maurizio Sarri’s side were thoroughly outplayed by Spurs to slump to their first Premier League defeat under Antonio Conte’s successor.

Chelsea FC will be hoping to bounce back with a win against the relegation candidates to protect their place in the Premier League’s top four.

Arsenal are a point adrift of Chelsea FC ahead of the north London derby, while the Blues are two points adrift of third-placed Tottenham.

Sarri’s side have won four times and have drawn three games in their Premier League fixtures at Stamford Bridge this term.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Chelsea FC to beat Fulham, but the BT Sport pundit is tipping the Cottagers to get on the score sheet.

“West London rivals Chelsea and Fulham meet at the Bridge with the visitors finally able to smile following a 3-2 win over Southampton under new manager Claudio Ranieri,” Owen told BetVictor.

“Whether the Tinkerman can follow up his tremendous success with Leicester is extremely doubtful but the Cottagers feel he can at least lead them to safety this season. Fulham are still at the foot of the table but with little between a whole host of clubs they are certainly far from doomed.

“Aleksandar Mitrovic was highly influential in helping Fulham to playoff success last season and his goals are going to be equally important in the race for survival. He bagged a brace last week and now has seven so far this season.

“He can be backed at 11/4 to find the net here. However the task will be tough as despite an uncharacteristic performance when meekly losing 3-1 against Spurs last week the Pensioners are still enjoying a productive season.

“With only one reverse they are handily placed to secure a top four finish and are still London’s leading club at present. They can be excused an off day and I fully expect them to bounce back in style with a 3-1 victory.”

Chelsea FC have only lost one of their last 26 games against Fulham in the west London derby to dominate this fixture.

The Blues have beaten Fulham in their last three meetings.

Sarri’s side can temporarily hoist themselves above Tottenham before Spurs take on Arsenal in the north London derby at The Emirates later on Sunday.

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