Former Premier League striker Michael Owen believes Spurs will get the better of Chelsea when the two sides meet this weekend – though warned that there could be a positive omen for the visitors ahead of their London derby.
The meeting will be the first between Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard in the Premier League – which Owen erroneously suggests is taking place at Stamford Bridge – before tipping ‘hosts’ Spurs for the win due to their more positive form going into the clash.
However, Owen did highlight the fact Lampard got one over on his old boss last season when his Derby County side defeated Mourinho’s Manchester United in the EFL Cup on penalties.
Writing in a prediction blog for BetVictor, Owen set out his reasons for backing Mourinho to enact revenge on his former midfielder.
He said (via Metro): “The last Premier League game before Christmas is a cracking London derby with Frank Lampard going head-to-head with his former manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge for the first time.
“It is worth noting, however, that Lampard’s Derby County won a League Cup tie at Old Trafford on penalties last September when Mourinho was manager of Manchester United.
“Chelsea have lost four of their last five in the league while Spurs have won three of their last four and I think it will be the hosts who take maximum points from what promises to be an entertaining game between these two great rivals.”
While we can (hopefully) put Owen’s geographical error down to a slip of the tongue, there is little surprise that he has chosen to follow the form book, especially with Spurs having home advantage as they seek a fifth win in six league games against an out-of-sorts Chelsea who have won just one of their previous five.
The significance of Lampard’s shootout victory over Mourinho over a year ago may not have much bearing on the game this weekend given two different teams are on show.
That makes the tie delicately poised as Spurs look to leapfrog their opponents into the top four – so let’s hope Owen isn’t waiting for drama to unfold at Stamford Bridge…
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