Michael Owen makes Premier League predictions including Man Utd and Liverpool

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Michael Owen is backing Liverpool to overcome their injury crisis to beat Leicester City at Anfield this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp goes into the game with the Foxes with much of his first choice XI struggling with injuries.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah will definitely miss the match, while there are question marks over several others.

But former Liverpool striker Owen, believes the champions still have enough to beat Brendan Rodgers’ side.

“As we all know, Liverpool come into this with a few key players missing,” Owen told Metro Sport.

Jurgen Klopp is facing a number of selection headaches for this weekend's clash with Leicester City
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“One huge positive that has come from this is the emergence of Diogo Jota.

“He’s been in incredible form and will have the platform to play a huge role here again. The Reds are a bit light in midfield but Jurgen Klopp still has options, so the team should be strong enough.

“As for Leicester, they have a good side with their main threat being on the counter-attack. That will be where Liverpool will be concerned the most, but Leicester have injuries of their own. I’m expecting an open match, and I think Liverpool will win with both teams scoring.”

Elsewhere, Owen is tipping another of his former clubs, Manchester United, to win their first home game of the season, when they host struggling West Brom.

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On United, he added: “United have still to find their rhythm and they must find a way to get their best players all on the pitch at the same time, which is obviously easier said than done. You can’t keep Pogba on the bench, and if he can’t secure a regular place in the side soon, he may have to consider his options.

“For all United are inconsistent, they are up against a side that are really struggling, and I expect them to win this comfortably.”

In the other standout tie of the weekend, Tottenham host Man City and Owen believes Pep Guardiola will get one over on his old rival Jose Mourinho, predicting a 2-1 win.

Owen said: “I’m really looking forward to this one. A lot of people fancy Tottenham to go well this season. They have cover in every position with players of international quality and in a season where squads of both depth and quality are most definitely needed, it could well work in Spurs’ favour.

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“I’m still trying to work out Manchester City. I’ve watched Pep Guardiola in a few post-match interviews recently, and I can’t help but feel if there is something missing there.

“I’m not quite sure if that translates to the players but either way, I think this will be a tight game and a difficult one to call. However, if City can find their best form, I think they’ll be taking all three points back to Manchester.”

Arsenal will be looking to bounce back following their 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa last time out – and Owen believes they will, at the expense of Leeds United.

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“I find Leeds are exceptionally good against teams that fancy themselves to play a bit," he added. "When you come at Leeds, it plays into their hands as they have loads of energy to smother you and win key battles all over the pitch.

“They create lots of chances, but equally concede a lot as well. I think this could play into Mikel Arteta’s hands.

“If he is prepared to concede a bit of ground and soak up some Leeds pressure, I fancy the Gunners to take full advantage on the break.”

Owen has also tipped Chelsea to beat Newcastle, Everton to beat Fulham and draws in the games involving Wolves, Aston Villa, Burnley and Leeds United.

Full list of Michael Owen's Premier League predictions

Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea

Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton

Burnley 0-0 Crystal Palace

Fulham 1-3 Everton

Liverpool 3-1 Leicester City

Man Utd 2-0 West Brom

Wolves 1-1 Southampton

Spurs 1-2 Man City

Sheff Utd 1-1 West Ham

Leeds 1-2 Arsenal

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