Former Premier League striker Michael Owen has backed Chelsea to beat Brentford when the two teams meet on Saturday.
The Blues have won their last five Premier League games and have closed the gap on league leaders Manchester City to 11 points.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have one game less on the Sky Blues and could further reduce the gap to just eight points.
It hasn’t been an easy period for the Blues, who have been handed several penalties due to the presence of Roman Abramovich.
They will be looking to continue their impressive run at the expense of Brentford, who are by no means an easy side to face.
Owen believes the Blues will be looking to find some rhythm ahead of an important fortnight when they face Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The ex-striker predicted a 3-0 win for the Blues:
“It’s obviously been a tough month for Chelsea off the pitch, but on that I was impressed. They keep winning and defensively they look so solid. That huge clash against Real Madrid is on the horizon, so they’ll want a good performance here.”
“As for Brentford, the last few weeks have been positive for the club. The win over Burnley was huge and they didn’t play badly in the loss to Leicester. I think a few more wins should put them on the safe side. I don’t see them picking up anything here though.Chelsea have been too organized recently, 3-0.
Chelsea not completely out of the Premier League title race
If they win their match less, the Blues will be eight points behind Manchester City.
It should also be mentioned that Liverpool and Manchester City have yet to face each other. This will provide another opportunity for Tuchel’s side to close the gap with the two teams above them in the league.
With 27 points still up for grabs, anything is possible. Tuchel’s men will have to show consistency and avoid further slippages.
Retaining the Champions League will be a priority for them, and they are also still active in the FA Cup.
An unlikely treble is still possible for the Pensioners, and it would make it an unprecedented season for the Blues as they have already won the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.