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Michael Owen isn’t just backing Chelsea to beat Crystal Palace in the opening weekend of the Premier League, he has also backed the Blues to fight for the title and says he will be shocked if Chelsea doesn’t fight for the title.
Owen has been left impressed with the work Thomas Tuchel is doing, and he believes that the addition of Romelu Lukaku will solve Chelsea’s major problem of not scoring last season.
The former Liverpool striker also admitted that Crystal Palace may struggle under new boss Patrick Vieira when they visit Chelsea.
He told BetVictor: “I’d be shocked if at the end of the season, Chelsea aren’t right up there competing for the title. Tuchel continues to do an excellent job and they are building a strong squad. Lukaku will be a brilliant signing and returns to English football a much more complete striker than the one who left.
“I’m hoping Werner gets a bit more luck in front of goal because his movement last year was consistently brilliant. Trust me, if a striker continues to make the right run, be in the right position, eventually he will start scoring at will.
“I have no idea what to expect from Palace this season. I don’t think Roy Hodgson ever quite got the credit he deserved at Selhurst Park and it’s a big job for Vieira to replace him. Obviously, Patrick has a wealth of experience in this league but it’s a big difference being a manager. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the new signing Olise, but they remain as reliant on Zaha as ever.
“Chelsea kept 12 clean sheets in 20 PL games under Tuchel last season and I think this could be more of the same. I’m tipping a comfortable 2-0 win for the Blues.”
Owen predicted a 2-0 win for Chelsea.