Michael Owen delivers his prediction for Manchester City vs Chelsea

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Manchester City host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening, and it’s a game between first and fourth in the league.

Pep Guardiola’s side are set to be crowned champions this season, while Thomas Tuchel is keen on guiding Chelsea to a top four finish.

Owen believes it will be a huge tactical battle between Manchester City and Chelsea, and has labelled the tie as a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final.

Owen has predicted a 1-1 draw.

“It’s a dress rehearsal of the UEFA Champions League final at the Etihad as Chelsea make the trip north,” Owen told BetVictor.

“This should be another intense tactical battle between two of the best managers in the game. What makes it more interesting, is that both have contrasting styles.

“We saw that in their FA Cup tie when Chelsea took the spoils. I think they’ll set up much the same here and try to hit City on the counter.

“Those tactics worked a treat in their midweek win against Real Madrid, however, City’s much improved defence will be harder to breach.

“For City, we know what to expect. Ball retention is a huge part of their game, so with that, coupled with Chelsea’s patient approach, I can see another tight game evolving. It’s set to be a fascinating encounter, but it’s one I think is likely to end all square.”

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