It may not be the fixture it once was back in the 00s, but Manchester United vs Chelsea is still always one of the most exciting contests on the calendar. The two sides are on a similar level right now, with both of their seasons being marked by inconsistency thus far. So will one of these beleaguered teams be able to reach new heights in the cosmos this week?
United bounced back from their 6-1 home thrashing at the hands of Spurs with a 4-1 away win to Newcastle and an impressive 2-1 away win in Paris midweek. Chelsea go into this game having drawn back to back games in the Premier and Champions Leagues.
As mentioned above, United went into the international break in turmoil following a 6-1 home defeat to Spurs. However, they say a week is a long time in football, and in the week running upto this match, United have comfortably beaten Newcastle 4-1 away from home and snatched a 2-1 away Champions League win to PSG. After a slow start to the season, Marcus Rashford looks to be returning to his best, having scored in both the aforementioned games. Despite missing his first penalty for United last weekend, Bruno Fernandes looked in fine form, which led to him wearing the captain’s armband in Paris on Tuesday.
Before the international break earlier this month, Chelsea humbled Crystal Palace 4-0 and Stamford Bridge. However, their defensive problems came back to haunt them last weekend, as they drew 3-3 against Southampton in a game they surely should have won. Their first Champions League fixture ended in a 0-0 draw with Sevilla. Lampard will have taken positives from this result, however, as clean sheets have been hard to come by since he took the reins last summer. Newly signed German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have impressed, but have yet to find consistent form in the Premier League.
These sides last met in an empty Wembley back in July, when Chelsea knocked United out of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win. In the Premier League last season, United did the double over Chelsea. The Reds thrashed the Blues 4-0 at Old Trafford in the opening game of the season, before beating them 2-0 in West London in February. Chelsea are chasing their first League win over Manchester United since November 2017, a game that was decided by a single Alvaro Morata goal. Since then, Chelsea have changed manager twice and half of the squad players have moved on
A Part of creating our expert betting tips here at PlayersBest is providing you with past results and interesting statistical highlights. We believe that all of this information and more could influence this Saturday’s result.
Having analyzed the above information, we think this will be a closely fought contest, as there’s not very much in the way of quality that separates these two teams. However, we see United ultimately coming out on top at home, but are tipping both teams to get on the scoresheet.
Both of the sides have goals in them combined with defensive frailties, which should make it an excellent spectacle for the neutral fan. However, Frank Lampard’s already inconsistent Chelsea looks to be slowing down just as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side are speeding up. We therefore see the Red Devils ultimately coming out on top. However, with the firepower that Chelsea have, it looks unlikely they’ll go a second consecutive game without scoring. Moreover, Manchester United have conceded in all of their Premier League games so far this season. Added to that, they have the joint 2nd worst defence in the League, only behind Liverpool.
We’re therefore backing a Manchester United win with both teams to score. You can place this bet with Betway on odds of 3.8. If you’re looking for scorers to back, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes look hot for United.
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