More

    Premier League News: Prediction: Chelsea vs Manchester United

    Verdict: under 3.5 goals.

    Best odds: 3/8

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge this weekend and Chelsea will face Manchester United in west London on Saturday night.

    Chelsea

    Starting with the hosts and showing a flat game away to west London rivals Brentford earlier in the week, Chelsea will be pushing for an immediate response on Saturday night. Even though they knew they were lucky to go 0-0 against the bees a few days ago, new boss Graham Potter has seen his team receive a lot of recent applause. Having appointed the former Brighton manager last month, the Blues are undefeated in any of their first seven tournaments under Potter. Having set a veritable record in the past two weeks, with back-to-back victories over Italian champions Milan while on duty in the Champions League, Chelsea also continue to impress with their tough defensive play. Still on pole position to claim another top four finish this season, it should be noted that the former European champions have recorded five rebound shutouts.

    Team news

    After suffering a knee injury away at AC Milan earlier this month, England international Reece James will be out again. Similarly, N’Golo Kante, who has undergone surgery for another injury, will miss four months on the sidelines.

    Both have to settle for a spot on the midweek bench, with the attacking duo of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling expected to return on Saturday night.

    Manchester United

    As for the away side, despite facing a real test earlier in the weekend, Manchester United put on a stellar show at Old Trafford. After all, with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur and giving Spurs only their second Premier League defeat, Erik ten Hag needs to find the mood in his camp at the highest level. The former Ajax boss has managed to get past Omonia while working in the Europa League over the past two weeks and will desperately need his team to plant a marker here. Despite their return from the September international break marked by a disturbing 6-3 away defeat to bitter rivals and defending champions Manchester City, United will be strengthened by an exciting record in west London. It should be noted that Saturday’s visitors have not lost in any of their previous six encounters with Chelsea in the capital, including taking a point in their back-to-back Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge – a streak that dates back to November 2017.

    Team news

    Manchester United have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in their squad for Saturday night’s match. Marcus Rashford should lead their charge here.

    Similarly, the likes of Anthony Martial, Harry Maguire, Donnie van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will also be absent from ten Hag when they travel to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

    Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two teams last met on 28 April, they drew 1-1 on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
    • In fact, Chelsea and Manchester United have stalled in each of their previous four rivalries.
    • The Red Devils have been unbeaten in each of their last six trips to Stamford Bridge, the streak starting in November 2017.
    • Chelsea have kept clean sheets in each of their previous five matches across all formats.
    • The Blues have scored over 2.5 goals in six of their last seven home games.

    Conclusion

    In a duel between two Premier League giants on Saturday night, we could expect a low-scoring battle at Stamford Bridge. While Chelsea may have had to put up with a 0-0 away draw at Brentford a few days ago, the Blues continue to shine with their recent defensive performances. However, with Manchester United taking a spectacular 2-0 home win over Spurs in the middle of the week, the Red Devils will be desperate to set up a big upset in west London. Undefeated in each of their previous six trips to Stamford Bridge, it should be emphasized that both sides have a habit of doing somewhat evasive business. With less than 2.5 goals scored in the last four meetings by the final whistle, we support a similar result here.

    Verdict: under 3.5 goals.

    Best odds: 3/8

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    Related articles

    Comments

    Leave a Reply

    Share article

    Latest articles