Michael Owen states his prediction for Crystal Palace v Chelsea

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte reacts during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Bet365 Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Michael Owen is backing Chelsea to beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in their next Premier League game on Saturday afternoon.

The defending Premier League champions will be looking to make a swift return to winning ways after Chelsea lost 1-0 to Manchester City last time out.

The west London side are six points adrift of their title rivals Manchester City and Manchester United following a return of four victories from their opening seven games.

However, Antonio Conte’s side will come up against the Premier League’s basement club Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this weekend.

The Eagles lost 4-0 to Manchester United in their last top-flight fixture just a week after Manchester City were 5-0 winners against Roy Hodgson’s side at The Etihad.

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Owen is confident that Chelsea will secure three points against the Premier League’s basement club on Saturday afternoon.

“Palace will become the first side to lose nine successive games without scoring a goal in the history of the Premier League if they lose and fail to find the back of the net against Chelsea,” Owen told BetVictor.

“The champions have actually failed to score in two of their last three Premier League games, themselves, and they were well beaten by leaders and title favourites Manchester City at Stamford Bridge last time.

“It is hard to see where the goals will come from for the Eagles with Christian Benteke on the sidelines although Roy Hodgson will be hoping that the talented Wilfried Zaha might play some part.

“Zaha has been out injured since the opening day of the season and has been badly missed by Palace, but this might be another barren afternoon for Hodgson’s side.”

Chelsea won their second Premier League title in three seasons last term and their first under Antonio Conte following his appointment as their manager.

The Blues signed six players in the summer transfer window in an attempt to improve their squad depth ahead of a return to the Champions League.

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