Michael Owen states his prediction for Brighton v Chelsea

Michael Owen is backing Chelsea to end their winless run in the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues managed to secure their place in the FA Cup fourth round on Wednesday night after Chelsea were 5-3 winners against Championship side Norwich City in a penalty shootout at Stamford Bridge.

The west London side were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw with 10-man Leicester City at Stamford Bridge last weekend after a 2-2 draw with bitter rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea dropped to fourth place in the Premier League table but the defending Premier League champions are level on points with Liverpool FC in third spot and three points adrift of Manchester United.

The Blues were 2-0 winners against Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Chelsea to edge to victory over Brighton at Falmer Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“At the time of writing – before their midweek FA Cup 3rd Round Replay with Norwich – Chelsea have played out three successive 0-0 draws but the good news for Antonio Conte and Blues’ fans is that Brighton have lost their last seven games against Chelsea in all competitions,” Owen told BetVictor. “I expect the visitors to take the points.

“The Seagulls have been tough to beat, especially at home, this season but their two home defeats have been at the hands of City and Liverpool and they have failed to score in eight of their last 12 league games. They lack the class of the west London outfit.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title in their first season under former Juventus boss Antonio Conte after finishing seven points clear of their closest challengers Tottenham Hotspur.

The Blues signed England international Ross Barkley in a £15m deal from Everton in the January transfer window.

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