Michael Owen makes final day predictions including Man Utd’s top four chances


Michael Owen has backed his former club Man Utd to book their place in next season’s Champions League with a final day victory over Leicester.

All eyes will be on the King Power Stadium on Sunday as both sides enter the contest knowing a place in the top four is at stake for the winners.

Leicester are currently behind United and Chelsea in fifth but would overtake at least one of their rivals should they take all three points.

Much could depend on how Chelsea’s clash at home to Wolves pans out, but Owen feels the final league standings will be decided in the main clash at Leicester.

“Despite United drawing two and losing one of their last four games in all competitions, I think they will have too much quality for a Leicester side who must be short of confidence, given their form since the restart,” Owen told BetVictor.

“I’m going for a 3-1 win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in this crucial top of the table clash.”

Over at Stamford Bridge, Owen expects Chelsea to keep the pressure on their top four rivals by seeing off the threat of Wolves.

Frank Lampard’s side could miss out on Champions League football altogether if they lose and Leicester earn a draw with United.

Any other scenario would see them earn their place though as they only need to avoid defeat, and Owen feels Chelsea will edge the “tight, nervy affair” and do enough to get the job done.

Owen has also backed Arsenal to use their last run out before the FA Cup final to good measure and send Watford back to the Championship.

The Hornets are inside the relegation zone on goal difference and must better Aston Villa’s result against West Ham if they are to survive.

After sacking boss Nigel Pearson though, Owen concedes mood around Vicarage Road is bleak, and sees no hope for Watford in keeping afloat.

That could be a blessing for Villa if Owen’s predictions come true, as he believes they will also lose on the final day but keep their place in the division due to other results going their way.

Bournemouth are also fighting for survival but Owen can’t see them taking the points off Everton, allowing Villa at least one more season in the top flight.

Elsewhere Owen feels Tottenham will leapfrog Wolves to claim sixth place with a win over Crystal Palace, while champions Liverpool will end their marvellous season on a high at Newcastle.

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