Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal clashes

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 12:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link964Shares Michael Owen Premier League predictions Watford vs Norwich: Watford winArsenal vs Leicester: Arsenal winMan City vs Newcastle: Man City winSheff Utd vs Wolves: Wolves winWest Ham vs Burnley: DrawBrighton vs Liverpool: Liverpool winBournemouth vs Spurs: Spurs win Everton vs Southampton: DrawAston Villa vs Man Utd: Man Utd win ‘Two more wins, against Burnley and Chelsea, would match the record of Sunderland who managed to win every one of their home games just 128 years ago!‘Liverpool continue to look fully motivated in their efforts to break one or two other records in addition to winning the Premier League and the really concerning stat for Brighton fans is that their team have played Liverpool five times in the Premier League and have lost all five, scoring just two goals and conceding thirteen. ‘I fancy another difficult day for Brighton and ultimately a 2-1 loss for the Seagulls.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Will United secure another win? (Picture: AFP via Getty)‘Next up is the visit of Manchester United who are in scintillating form at present as they extended their unbeaten run to 16 games with a 5-2 stroll against Bournemouth at the weekend.‘United have won eleven of the last 13 Premier League meetings between these two sides and I can’t see beyond another stroll in the park for the Red Devils.’He also expects Chelsea to pick up three points against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, which would see them move third if the results go as he predicts.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Chelsea have won 15 of the 21 matches between these two sides in the Premier League and you have to go back to 2017 for the last time the Eagles managed a win. I see this being another win for Chelsea, adding further pressure to those teams in and around the Champions League qualification places,’ he added.League leaders Liverpool are targeting Manchester City’s record points total and Owen also expects them to pick up another win.‘Liverpool eventually recorded their 17th consecutive home win of the season and their 24th in total with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa,’ said Owen. Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal clashes Comment Owen made his predictions (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen is expecting Manchester United to move level on points with third-place Leicester by the end of play on Thursday. The former Liverpool, United and England striker thinks his former club will beat Aston Villa on Thursday, while Leicester will slip up against Arsenal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are just three points behind Leicester and two off fourth-place Chelsea – who he expects to beat Crystal Palace this weekend.He said of Arsenal’s clash with Leicester on Tuesday night in his Bet Victor column: ‘One worrying stat for all Foxes fans is that they haven’t been able to record a win away at Arsenal in 26 attempts in all competitions, and that was before I was born (2-0 on September 8th 1973)! AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I see that unenviable run continuing with a 2-1 home win to the Gunners.’As for United’s trip to Villa Park, he added: ‘Aston Villa actually played well at Anfield on Sunday early evening but came away with nothing for their efforts. ‘They are now without a win in ten games and things don’t get any easier as far as their fixtures are concerned. Advertisementlast_img read more

Lewis ends NFL career in championship fashion

first_imgby David GinsburgAP Sports WriterNEW ORLEANS (AP)—So, Ray Lewis, now that you’ve won a Super Bowl, what’s next?No, he’s not going to that amusement park. The Baltimore Ravens linebacker is heading into retirement—and he can’t wait.“Now I get to see a different side of life,” Lewis said Sunday night after helping the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. “My family, and my sons, my kids, they’ve sacrificed for me. Now I have the opportunity to sacrifice for them.”Lewis ended his 17-year NFL career in perfect fashion, directing a successful goal-line stand that provided him a world championship to take into retirement. After the 49ers failed to score on three straight plays from the Baltimore 5-yard line in the closing minutes, the Ravens could begin celebrating their first Super Bowl title in 12 years.“How else can you finish that off but with a goal-line stand?” Lewis said. “That is championship football.”The 13-time Pro Bowl star began his final night on the football field with a motivational speech to his teammates. He ended it looking upward into a waterfall of silver streamers and purple confetti. And minutes later, he put his hands on the Lombardi Trophy.“What we did as a team today was the ultimate,” Lewis said.As an individual, Lewis made seven tackles. Nothing special, really. He had 44 in Baltimore’s previous three playoff games. But the Ravens played like champions behind Lewis, and as usual, they drew inspiration from him.“There will never be another leader like him and we sent him out like his brothers,” Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs. “His legacy will go untainted.”The last time Lewis played in a Super Bowl, he was voted MVP of Baltimore’s 34-7 rout of the New York Giants. This time, Joe Flacco was the MVP because the Ravens’ offense outplayed the team’s usually reliable defense.Ever since Lewis announced on Jan. 2 that this would be his “last ride,” the Ravens have talked about providing him a title to take into retirement. And so they did.“It’s pretty cool,” Flacco said. “Ray’s a great person and everyone knows he’s an unbelievable player, but he’s the best teammate. It’s unbelievable to send him out like this.”What a journey it was.After defeating Indianapolis at home to open the playoffs, the Ravens beat top-seeded Denver on the road and knocked off second-seeded New England. Then, underdogs again in the Super Bowl, Baltimore blew most of a 22-point lead in the second half before mounting one final defensive stop.“To me, that was one of the most amazing goal-line stands I’ve ever been a part of in my career,” Lewis said. “What better way to do it than on the Super Bowl stage?”Lewis’ old buddy, 34-year-old Ed Reed, contributed a first-half interception. Jacoby Jones scored two touchdowns, and after the second—a 108-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter—he saluted his retiring teammate with a rendition of the “squirrel” dance Lewis made famous.The Ravens will have another middle linebacker next season, but they will never have another Ray Lewis. Coach John Harbaugh was asked why the team responded so passionately to him and his effort to go out on top.“If you’re going to talk about the Ray thing, you want to ask about it, then the answer’s got to be faith,” Harbaugh said. “I mean Ray is driven by spirituality and faith and that’s what he draws on and that’s where his strength comes from. So if you really want to know, I mean that’s what he’s tapping into and that’s what makes it so beautiful and so perfect.”Lewis was the second draft pick in Ravens’ history, following Jonathan Ogden in 1996. Ogden, who was elected into the NFL Hall of Fame on Saturday, waved to his former teammate during the pregame coin flip Sunday.Perhaps one day, Ogden will extend the same greeting to Lewis in Canton, Ohio.For now, however, Lewis is looking to joining his family for some quiet time.“No other way to go out and end a career. This is how you do it,” Lewis said. “Everything around me is my kids. Daddy gets to come home now. They aren’t going to like me being at home all the time.” TRIUMPHANT—Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis holds up a newspaper after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, in New Orleans. The Ravens won 34-31. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)last_img read more