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Michael Owen’s Premier League and FA Cup predictions, including Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool

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Liverpool can return to the top of the Premier League with a win at Fulham (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool have the opportunity to return to the top of the Premier League on Sunday when they travel to relegation-threatened Fulham. Leaders Manchester City are in FA Cup quarterfinal action at Swansea 24-hours earlier and Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on all the weekend games.

Bournemouth v Newcastle United Callum Wilson is back from injury, back in the goals and back in the England squad (Picture: Getty)

Newcastle have only picked up two points from the last 18 available on the road, but they showed their resilience and quality to come from two-down to beat Everton at St James’ Park last weekend. Bournemouth returned to winning ways with a comfortable success at Huddersfield at the weekend, but I feel it will be a point apiece back at the Vitality Stadium. The Magpies will have to look out for the Ryan Fraser/Callum Wilson axis who have combined for nine PL goals already this season – the last duo to hit double figures were Denis Bergkamp and Nicolas Anelka for Arsenal back in the 1998-99 season.

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Michael’s prediction: 1-1

Burnley v Leicester City Jamie Vardy scored twice in Leicester’s win over Fulham last weekend (Picture: Getty)

The results didn’t go Burnley’s way over the weekend and the wins for Cardiff and Southampton mean that the Clarets will kick off against Leicester just a couple of points above the drop zone.

Burnley have lost their last three league games – having gone eight unbeaten previously – while the Foxes have won two of their last three league games since they parted company with Claude Puel. It looks sure to be tight and tense, but I feel if there is to be a winner at Turf Moor it will be the Foxes who take maximum points and give Brendan Rodgers’ his first win on the road.

Michael’s prediction: 1-2

West Ham v Huddersfield Town Declan Rice was named in the England squad for the first time earlier this week (Picture: Getty)

West Ham were disappointing at Cardiff at the weekend, but they are taken to win their third league home game on the spin for the first time since they moved into the London Stadium. The Terriers home defeat to Bournemouth means they are 15 points from safety with just eight games to play and manager Jan Siewert will already be preparing for life in the Championship.

Michael’s prediction: 3-0

Fulham v Liverpool Sadio Mane is tha man in form for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Fulham have lost nine of their last ten league games and it is hard to see them denting Liverpool’s title hopes and giving themselves a shot in the arm with regard to their slim chance of beating the drop. Sadio Mane has scored eight times in his last eight PL games for the Reds and I will be surprised and disappointed if Liverpool were not back at the top of the table come Sunday night.

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Michael’s recommendation: 1-3

Everton v Chelsea Olivier Giroud staked his claim for a rare Premier League start with a hat-trick against Dynamo Kiev (Picture: Getty)

Everton have failed to score in their last five league games against Chelsea and I feel the West London side will return to the capital with all three points from a low-scoring game at Goodison. Marco Silva has yet to beat a “big six” side since he took over the reins at Goodison and I feel the wait will continue despite Chelsea having a Europa League tie in Kiev on Thursday evening.

Michael’s recommendation: 0-1

Watford v Crystal Palace Wilfred Zaha will be the key man when Crystal Palace face Watford (Picture: Getty)

These sides last met in the FA Cup semi-final of 2015/16 when Palace were 2-1 winners at Wembley with goals from Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham.

I fancy the Hornets to get revenge for that loss and inflict a third defeat of the season on the Eagles having done the double over them in the PL already this term.

Palace are, arguably, a better team on the road than at Selhurst Park but I just prefer the Hornets in what is likely to be a close and entertaining cup tie.

Michael’s prediction: 2-1

Swansea City v Manchester City Man City can take the next step towards an unprecedented quadruple (Picture: Getty)

City have scored at least four goals in their three FA Cup ties so far this season and I can’t see the Swans stopping Pep Guardiola’s side who made serene progress into the quarterfinal of the Champions League midweek against a moderate Schalke side.

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The hosts have lost six of their last seven ties against Premier League opposition and I can’t see them creating what would be a massive Cup shock at the Liberty Stadium.

Michael’s prediction: 0-3

Wolves v Manchester United Romelu Lukaku is an injury doubt for Man Utd’s cup tie at Wolves (Picture: Getty)

United lost their unbeaten domestic record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the Emirates on Sunday but they had their opportunities – especially in the opening 45 minutes – and I feel they will edge the tie-of-the-round at Molineux.

Wolves haven’t reached the last four since 1997-98 and I feel they will have to wait at least another year before they reach the semi-final.

Michael’s prediction: 1-2

Millwall v Brighton  Millwall beat Premier League opposition in the shape of Everton in the third round (Picture: Getty)

Brighton are unbeaten in their last six games at the Den (W3 D3) all between 2009 and 2015 and I feel this tie could go all the way to extra-time and possibly penalties.

The Lions have reached the quarter-final 11 times while this is just Brighton’s fourth and the first since they came so close to lifting the Trophy in the 1983 Final against Manchester United.

It promises to be a hard-fought tie and I can’t split the sides in 90 minutes.

Michael’s prediction: 1-1

Michael’s weekend wager: West Ham, Watford and Liverpool at 21/5

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