Owen reveals the team capable of beating Chelsea in race for top four

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The race for top four has become so unpredictable as Chelsea seem to have lost steam midpoint of the season, and the clubs following Chelsea might have closed the gap but are also in tupsy turvy form.

Despite playing a 1-1 draw with Brighton on New Year’s Day, Chelsea still gained ground in the table as the Blues increase the gap ahead of Manchester United to five points.

The likes of Tottenham, Wolves and Sheffield United are not too far away either, but former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has claimed that Manchester United are the only credible force that can battle Chelsea in the race for top four.

“I don’t fancy Tottenham, I don’t think they’re playing well enough,” Owen told the Premier League Productions. “I love Wolves, I love watching them, I think they’re great for the league actually, but possibly not [for the top four].

“I think it’s between Chelsea, I’d probably say Manchester United actually at the moment. I think they’re coming into good form, I think they’ve got a good attack.

“They’re solid behind, don’t get me wrong I don’t particularly like the look of their midfield but it’s effective. And when you’ve got those three up front with pace then you’ve always got a chance.

“No one would have thought Leicester really at the start of the season [for the] top four but it looks like they’re secured already.

“It’s open for a lot of teams and the likes of Wolves, Sheffield United, I know we probably think they’re not going to, but isn’t it great that we have got a few teams that are challenging for that top four.

“It looks like we’re not going to have a title race so we’re going to have a decent race for that fourth spot.”

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