Michael Owen has predicted on Betvictor.com that Chelsea will defeat Arsenal in the FA Community Shield on Sunday.
The former Liverpool and Manchester United striker believes that Jose Mourinho’s Premier League champions will win 2-1 against the Gunners at London’s Wembley Stadium.
“The last two occasions the Gunners have won the Community Shield (2005 & 09) they have gone on to win the title and I expect to see the same scoreline as a decade ago the last time the sides met in the Wembley showpiece,” Owen wrote on Betvictor.com.
“On that occasion two Didier Drogba goals gave the Blues a 2-1 victor over the Gunners’ whose sole reply came from Cesc Fabregas.
“Chelsea are 29/20 to win in 90 minutes with Arsenal 19/10 and the draw at 5/2. A 2-1 success for the champions is 19/2 and that looks the value with Diego Costa recommended at 6/4 to find the back of the net during the 90 minutes.”
Could Michael Owen’s prediction come true?
Chelsea will probably be favourites heading into Sunday’s match, although one should not be surprised if they lose.
After all, the Community Shield is not always taken seriously, and manager Jose Mourinho could see this contest as another pre-season friendly game ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.
Arsenal, though, should be looking to make the most of this game and step up preparations for the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
The Gunners have a very strong and competitive squad, and they are being seen by many as genuine title contenders.
Sunday’s match will be an entertaining one, and it should be a tight affair as well.