Michael Owen has predicted in his Betvictor column that today’s FA Cup tie between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion will end in a draw.
West Brom will confront their Premier League rivals Villa away from home in the quarter-finals of the prestigious competition.
The Baggies suffered a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park in the league only on Tuesday, and they will be keen to avoid losing to the Villans once again.
Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Owen believes that Tony Pulis’s side will indeed avoid a loss in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
“Villa probably feel they did enough to win all three points when the sides met in the Premier League midweek but the bottom line is that it was only an error of judgement by Baggies’ keeper Ben Foster that ultimately separated the sides,” the 35-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.
“Albion are eight points above the drop zone (Villa three) and a draw would suit the Baggies more than Villa who remain deep in a relegation battle.
“It should have finished in a draw on Tuesday and I think it will end all-square on Saturday with a replay back at the Hawthorns in ten days’ time.”
Could Michael Owen’s prediction come true?
Villa may have defeated West Brom at home in the Premier League on Tuesday, but they did so only just.
Tim Sherwood’s side needed a late penalty from striker Christian Benteke to pick up the three points against the Baggies.
It was a closely-fought match which probably should have ended in a draw, and one suspects that it will be a similarly competitive game today.
Villa will fancy their chances of picking up a win today, though. The last-gasp victory over West Brom will have certainly boosted the players’ confidence, and one suspects that Sherwood will want to make the most of that.