Michael Owen has predicted the result for the upcoming Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea.
Michael Owen has tipped Manchester City to claim a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Champions League final.
The two Premier League clubs will lock horns on Saturday in Porto, Portugal, for a second all-English final in three seasons.
A victory would not only seal a first Champions League title for City, but it would ensure Pep Guardiola’s men of a remarkable treble after winning the Premier League and EFL Cup earlier in the season.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are out to win the competition for the first time since 2012. The Blues have already suffered a painful FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City. They’ll be determined to avoid a repeat and land a first trophy under new manager Thomas Tuchel.
But if Owen’s prediction proves correct, more heartbreak awaits for the London side.
“For the second time in three years, the Champions League final will be contested by two English clubs,” the former Liverpool and Manchester United striker wrote in his BetVictor column.
“Manchester City have finally shaken off their hoodoo of missing out at the quarter-final stage, and in some style.
“The Citizens were worthy winners over two legs against PSG in the semis, and given their all-out assault domestically, they rightfully come into this as favorites.
“However, one blot in their pursuit for a treble came against Chelsea in the FA Cup. Thomas Tuchel masterminded a 1-0 win, so there’s no doubt the Londoners will quietly fancy their chances here.
“With the league sewn up a couple of weeks ago, City have had ample time to prepare for this.
“That can only be of benefit to Pep Guardiola, and given Chelsea’s recent dip in form, it’s hard to make a case against City lifting their first Champions League trophy.
“I think Chelsea will sit in here and try to catch City on the counter, however, with Manchester City so powerful on the attack, keeping them out is the ultimate test.
“With that in mind, I’m going for City to win their first and much-coveted, Champions League trophy with a 2-0 victory.”