Michael Owen believes Mikel Arteta will earn a first win as Arsenal manager when they welcome Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to the Emirates.
The two Premier League giants will clash on New Year’s Day, with all 20 sides in action in the first two days of the new decade.
And Owen thinks Arteta, who is yet to deliver three points in his spell in charge of the Gunners, will start 2020 in style by inflicting defeat on their age old rivals.
Michael Owen’s New Year predictions
Arsenal vs Man Utd: Arsenal win
Brighton vs Chelsea: Chelsea win
Burnley vs Aston Villa: Burnley win
Newcastle vs Leicester: Draw
Southampton vs Tottenham: Spurs win
Watford vs Wolves: Wolves win
Man City vs Everton: Man City win
Norwich vs Palace: Palace win
West Ham vs Bournemouth: West Ham win
Liverpool vs Sheffield United: Liverpool win
‘Arsenal have yet to win under their new manager, although I think that will change when Manchester United are the visitors to the Emirates on New Year’s Day,’ Owen told Bet Victor.
‘The Gunners bossed the first 45 minutes against Chelsea on Sunday and, although they faded in the second half, I expect them to build on their improved display against a United side who picked up three points and a rare clean sheet – their first on their travels in the league since February – at Turf Moor on Saturday.
‘This is a fixture that rarely disappoints, and I think the hosts will keep the points.’
Owen also expects Chelsea to pick up a win on the road against Brighton.
‘Frank Lampard will have been disappointed by his side’s first-half display at the Emirates on Sunday but, ultimately, will have been delighted with back-to-back away wins from London derbies at Spurs and Arsenal over the Festive period,’ he added.
‘The Blues have lost seven league games already this season, but I expect them to just do enough to beat a Brighton side who have won four of their last seven home league games.
‘Seagulls striker Neal Maupay has been a revelation so far this term, but I expect Chelsea to again win on the road.’
And unsurprisingly, he’s tipping league leaders Liverpool to record their 19th win of the season.
‘Liverpool are unbeaten in 50 games in all competitions at Anfield and won their last 17 home league games.
‘Yes, they have ridden their luck at times, but you must admire their consistency and resilience as well as their undoubted class and I would be surprised if they didn’t start 2020 as they finished 2019 with a home win.
‘Sheffield United lost their unbeaten away league record at the Etihad on Sunday and they will feel they didn’t have the rub of the green against City, but I would be surprised if they were able to stop this Red juggernaut as they march on at the top of the table.’
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