Michael Owen states his prediction for Qarabag v Chelsea

Michael Owen is backing Chelsea to be leading at half-time and full-time in their crucial Champions League clash at Qarabag.

The defending Premier League champions suffered a chastening 3-0 loss to Serie A giants AS Roma in their last European outing.

Chelsea have been in impressive Premier League form since their disappointing defeat in the Italian capital.

Antonio Conte’s men were 1-0 winners against title rivals Manchester United thanks to Alvaro Morata’s 55th minute winner at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues eased to a 4-0 victory over West Brom on Saturday afternoon as Eden Hazard produced a mesmerising performance at The Hawthorns.

Chelsea are still four points ahead of third-placed Atletico Madrid and can secure their place in the next round with a win in Azerbaijan.

Former Manchester United striker Owen is tipping Chelsea to ease to a comfortable win at Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

“Chelsea will qualify for the knockout stages with a win in Azerbaijan and I can’t see the Blues slipping up against a side they hit for six at Stamford Bridge back in September,” Owen told BetVictor.

“This is a big week for the champions with a trip to Anfield to come at the weekend, but the Blues win against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital was one of the best performances of the group stages and I expect them to have a comfortable evening in Baku.”

Chelsea are looking to win the competition for the first time since 2012 when the west London side eased to a penalty shootout win against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

The Blues won the Europa League 12 months later when Rafael Benitez’s Blues side edged to a 1-0 win over Portuguese side Benfica in Amsterdam.

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