Michael Owen predicts Manchester City v Chelsea

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has his say on Sunday’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Chelsea.

The biggest game of the fifth round of the Premier League is on Sunday, when Manchester City host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.

It is a contest between the two top favourites for the league title this season and promises to be very exciting.

Chelsea will head into the clash with a 100% record in the Premier League, having won all four of their league matches so far.

Jose Mourinho’s side have been by far the most impressive team in the English top flight in the opening weeks of the 2014-15 campaign, with star striker Diego Costa in red-hot form.

Meanwhile, City have yet to hit their stride and find themselves five points behind Chelsea and outside the top four at the moment.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side can close that gap with victory over the Blues on Sunday, but former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes that the Citizens will fail to pick up maximum points at the Etihad.

‘I remain convinced that this is Chelsea’s year and there is more pressure on City to win Sunday’s game on home soil than on Jose Mourinho’s side’, the 34-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.

‘City have only failed to find the back of the net at the Etihad twice in their last 71 PL games but the first occasion was in the corresponding fixture last season and the other in their last home game. I will be surprised if the hosts take all three points’.

Many football followers will agree with Owen’s prediction. Despite Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Schalke at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday, they will head into Sunday’s match with confidence.

Costa is likely to return to the visitors’ starting line-up, and that will be a huge boost to their chances of picking up the points.

However, City have one of the strongest squads in Europe, and have a great mixture of silk and steel. Writing them off would not be a great idea.

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