Michael Owen believes Manchester United will beat Arsenal on Saturday evening.
The former Manchester United striker expects a close game between the two sides, but feels his old side will just edge it.
“Arsenal have won their last 12 home games in a row but I can see United taking at least a point in the game of the weekend at the Emirates,” Owen told Bet Victor.
“Mesut Ozil was involved in three goals (goal and two assists) in one game for the first time in his career against Huddersfield on Wednesday and the Gunners will not lack in confidence for what promises to be a cracking game. The Gunners scored five against Huddersfield midweek, but it is worth noting the visitors had their own chances.
“United need a big performance from Romelu Lukaku with many United fans suggesting this is a game Jose Mourinho should rest his expensive summer signing and include Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I don’t think the striker should be dropped and am convinced it wouldn’t do Lukaku’s confidence any good if he was left out in such a big game.
“A fascinating contest, which could go either way although I am just swaying towards United.”
Owen doesn’t explain why he thinks United will win. Rather, it just seems to be his gut feeling.
That gut feeling isn’t entirely misplaced. While the form book suggests that Arsenal are the favourites, Jose Mourinho has a annoyingly good record against Arsenal and a lengthy track record of nicking wins in big games.
If there’s any manager and team out there who could kill the good vibe around the club, it’s Mourinho and United.
Still, Arsenal have reason to be confident of a win. 12 successive home wins, plus three good wins in November, means they should have a good chance on Saturday.
Else where, Owen has tipped Tottenham to lose yet again, this time away to Watford.
“Leicester put a dent in Spurs’ top four hopes midweek and Mauricio Pochettino’s side have already lost as many Premier League games (4) this term as they did in the whole of last season,” he said.
“The Hornets have shipped ten goals at Vicarage Road against the two Manchester clubs in the Premier League this season although they improved in the second half against United midweek. Spurs are relying too heavily on Harry Kane for goals and if there is to be a winner at Vicarage Road, I think it might be the hosts.”
Arsenal lost at Vicarage Road earlier this season in rather dubious circumstances. It’d be quite something if Spurs also lost there, especially after their recent struggles.
That is, of course, assuming we win on Saturday and can be in a position to laugh at other teams.