Michael Owen has made his predictions for tonight’s Champions League matches, with Manchester United hosting Young Boys and Chelsea travelling to Russia to take on Zenit St Petersburg.
United go into the game against the Swiss champions needing just a point to top Group F after winning three, drawing one and losing one of their opening five matches.
Tonight’s match will be new interim boss Ralf Rangnick’s first Champions League game in charge of the Red Devils.
Meanwhile, Chelsea travel to Russia in search of a much-needed victory to win their group ahead of dangerous Italian giants Juventus.
The two sides are currently locked on 12 points apiece from their opening five games, with Chelsea currently just ahead in first place because of their superior goal difference.
However, Thomas Tuchel will have to make use of his squad against Zenit, having confirmed that he will be without first-team regulars Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho for the trip through injury, while Mateo Kovacic is also unavailable after contracting Covid-19.
Speaking to BetVictor, former Premier League striker Owen has backed both of the Premier League teams to pick up crucial victories.
Manchester United vs Young Boys
It wasn’t emphatic but Ralf Rangnick will have been delighted to start his tenure in charge with a win on Sunday.
United lost away to Young Boys so will take this one seriously.
I can’t see them slipping up again here.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Young Boys
Zenit St Petersburg vs Chelsea
This won’t be an easy away trip for the Blues, but they’ve been in very good form in Europe this season.
A win would seal top spot in the group and I fancy them to get it.
Prediction: Zenit St Petersburg 0-1 Chelsea
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