Manchester United will look to continue their good start to the season when they face Southampton, while Arsenal take on London rivals Chelsea at The Emirates
Michael Owen believes Manchester United will continue their hot start to the Premier League season, while thinking Arsenal vs Chelsea could be a real “mismatch”.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side topped the table after the first weekend of fixtures, smashing Leeds 5-1 at Old Trafford.
They travel to Southampton on Sunday and the former Liverpool and United striker thinks the Red Devils will pick up where they left off last time out, predicting a 3-1 win over the Saints.
“ Manchester United looked outstanding in that home win over Leeds,” Owen said in his BetVictor column. “Don’t get me wrong, I think Leeds made it easy for them but some of United‘s play was superb.
“Pogba and Fernandes were sensational and created chance after chance.
“I was glad to see Greenwood on the scoresheet and believe that he really could become a world-class striker. United are still to add Sancho and Varane to the starting eleven so they are looking good at the moment.
“Southampton started well at Everton and new man Adam Armstrong took his goal superbly.
“The way they faded in the second half is worrying though and aside from Armstrong, I don’t see where the goals can come from.
“They conceded the second most amount of goals in the league last year, and I don’t see much improvement in that area so far.
“I can’t see anything but a United win here. They looked in great form last week and I fancy them to exploit what is an error-prone Saints defence.”
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In Sunday’s biggest game, Arsenal host London rivals Chelsea, with Romelu Lukaku set to make his second Blues debut following the £97.5m transfer which brought him back to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 3-0 in their opener, while the Gunners slipped to a humbling 2-0 defeat to newly promoted Brentford.
Arsenal’s new signing Martin Odegaard could be available for Mikel Arteta, but Owen has been left less than impressed by their summer transfer business.
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He explained: “I was very disappointed with what I saw from Arsenal on Friday. I know they were missing a few of their first team but Brentford were deserved winners.
“They’ve spent money this summer, but have they improved much from where they were last season?
“I don’t think so. I’d be surprised if they finished any higher than sixth this season.”
As for Chelsea, Owen thinks they could have a real tilt at the title this term and is backing them to overwhelm their hosts.
“It’s a totally different story at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea are looking formidable,” Owen continued. “They remain such a difficult side to score against and I think Lukaku will be a brilliant signing for them.
“They finished fourth with Jorginho as their top scorer last season with seven, so imagine what they could do with a prolific striker.
“Anything can happen in derbies, but this London Derby looks like a mismatch. I think Chelsea will comfortably win this 2-0 and pile the pressure on Arsenal.”
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