Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has backed Chelsea to return to winning ways on New Year’s Day.
Jose Mourinho’s side will take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Thursday.
Chelsea will head into the clash on the back of a 1-1 draw with Southampton away from home, while Spurs also failed to win on Sunday.
Owen predicts Chelsea to pick up the three points in North London and wrote on Betvictor.com: “I shall be at the Lane where I expect to see title-favourites Chelsea return to winning ways against a Spurs side who improved in the second half against United last weekend having looked pretty ordinary in the first 45 minutes when keeper Hugo Lloris saved them on numerous occasions.
“Chelsea are unbeaten in their last nine against Spurs in the PL and Cesc Fabregas has eight assists, and two goals, against the North London outfit in his last eight games against Spurs.”
Former England international Owen seems pretty confident of a win for Chelsea, but Tottenham’s chances should not be written off just yet.
True, Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to rely on goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for a point against Manchester United at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but they are enjoying playing at home once again.
Spurs are on a five-match unbeaten run and will make it tough for the Blues. Perhaps they will not head into the game as favourites, but they will certainly fancy a draw against Chelsea.
A single goal could prove to be the difference between Tottenham and Chelsea.