By Harvey Byrne
Michael Owen believes that Liverpool and Chelsea both have genuine title aspirations ahead of their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening.
The former Liverpool forward predicted a draw between the two sides, with both teams scoring in an open game.
The Reds have started the season in impressive goalscoring form, while Chelsea’s defence has been relatively pourous and the BT Sport pundit highlighted this stat.
Liverpool won their most recent match 4-1 against Premier League champions Leicester, while Chelsea were held in a 2-2 draw versus Swansea.
The former England international stated that both sides will be involved at the top end of the table, while he predicted that the two sides will cancel each other out in the clash.
“Liverpool have now scored more Premier League goals than any other side in 2016 after their comprehensive 4-1 win against Leicester last weekend,” wrote Owen in his BetVictor column. “I expect to see goals at Stamford Bridge where the hosts have only kept one clean sheet in their last 14 home games.
“Diego Costa is looking back to his best under Antonio Conte (four in four under the new boss) and this really should be a cracker between two sides with genuine title aspirations.”
The column finishes with Owen’s prediction, stating: “Michael’s recommendation: Game to finish in a draw and Both Teams To Score at 7/2.“
Liverpool last met Chelsea in May and the two side’s played out a draw with goals from Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke completing a 1-1 scoreline.
The Blues have since appointed Italian boss Antonio Conte, as they look to bounce back from a disappointing season in the previous campaign.
Liverpool have also underwent a lot of changes, bringing in six senior players in the summer, while allowing 14 players to leave the club permanently.