Michael Owen's predictions for Arsenal vs Leeds and Preston vs Liverpool

Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are among the teams vying for spots in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, with Michael Owen making scoreline predictions for each of the last-16 ties

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Michael Owen expects Arsenal will extend their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions with victory over Leeds United in the Carabao Cup.

The Liverpool icon also predicts the high-flying Reds will follow up their 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United by easing past Preston North End to reach the quarter-finals.

The Gunners play host to Marcelo Bielsa’s side on Tuesday night after a dominant 3-1 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League last Friday.

Arsenal have been excellent in the Carabao Cup this season, smashing West Bromwich Albion 6-0 and beating AFC Wimbledon 3-0 to reach the last 16.

Leeds, in contrast, have slumped to 17th in the Premier League and required penalties to edge out Fulham in the third round.

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Michael Owen backed Arsenal and Liverpool to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals


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Owen sided with the form team as he backed Mikel Arteta to mount a serious charge on the second major trophy of his managerial career.

“Arsenal looked in very good form in Friday’s win over Villa,” the former England striker told BetVictor . “I thought they played with great energy, led by Emile Smith Rowe.

“Arsenal have won the FA Cup under Arteta, and he’ll fancy another Cup run here. I’m going 2-1 Arsenal.”

Owen won the League Cup twice during his time at Anfield but the trophy has evaded the Reds since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment six years ago.

Liverpool were beaten by Manchester City in the 2016 final and since then the German manager appears to have prioritised top-flight and European fixtures rather than the domestic cups.

Rotation is expected for Wednesday’s trip to Deepdale, but Owen tipped his former side to reach the last eight by outclassing Preston, who are 19th in the Championship.

“After Sunday’s masterclass at Old Trafford, the squad must be full of confidence,” said Owen. “I don’t expect we’ll see the same team here, but Liverpool will have too much for a Preston side who are struggling in the Championship.

“2-0 Liverpool is my prediction.”

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In Tuesday’s other fixtures, Owen backed Chelsea to beat Southampton 2-0 and Queens Park Rangers to edge out Sunderland 2-1.

The 41-year-old expects there may be some upsets on Wednesday, tipping Burnley to knock out Tottenham Hotspur with a 1-0 victory and West Ham United to hold defending champions Manchester City to a 1-1 draw and take the game to penalties.

Elsewhere, Owen tipped Leicester City to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 and Brentford to win at Stoke City via the same scoreline.

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