Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has backed Leicester City to beat Napoli this evening.
Owen has predicted a 2-1 win for City as Brendan Rodgers’ men look to get their Europa League campaign off to the best possible start.
Rodgers is likely to make a few changes to his side tonight and is without Wesley Fofana and James Justin, but that is not enough to deter Owen from anticipating a Leicester win.
“I think Leicester City will go a long way in this season’s competition and I fancy them to start with 2-1 home win against Napoli in Group C,” Owen told BetVictor.
Owen, who himself played in the Champions League and UEFA Cup for Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid, has predicted mixed fortunes for the other three British clubs in their Europa League openers.
“Four British teams in this season’s Europa League and I must say I’m delighted to see West Ham playing in Europe again after last season’s fantastic Premier League campaign,” he said.
“In Group A, Rangers face a tricky game against Lyon. However, they do have home advantage and with a fervent crowd behind them, I’m going for both teams having to settle for a point apiece after a 1-1 draw.
“Celtic have it all to do to qualify from Group G having been drawn with Real Betis, Ferencvaros and Bayer Leverkusen and I reckon that task will be even harder after their first group match away against Real Betis. 1-0 to the Spanish side for me in this one.
“West Ham begin their Group H campaign with an away trip to GNK Dinamo Zagreb. Their opponents currently sit top of their domestic league and this is a really tough first match back in Europe for David Moyes and his men.
“However, I think Moyes has done a great job since he’s returned to the Hammers and I can just see them nicking all three points here with a 2-1 away win.”