Two of the biggest teams in England will go head to head during this round of fixtures in the Premier League. Manchester United haven’t lost against Chelsea in the top-flight since 2017, and if they can keep that run going, then they will have a decent chance at achieving the top four finish that they crave.
Chelsea have struggled over recent weeks and that has seen their healthy lead over the chasing pack cut to just two points. Sheffield United are the team in fifth, but their biggest rivals remain Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Wolves. Frank Lampard’s side have won just once in the previous five outings in the Premier League, and they have drawn their last two. The second of those draws came against Leicester City, where once again it was a goalkeeping error that cost Chelsea.
Willy Caballero came racing out of his goal to try and clear the ball, but he was beaten to the loose possession before the ball was squared back into the box for Ben Chilwell to finish. Chelsea scored a late equaliser through Antonio Rudiger. Lampard seemed happy enough with the point, but he will be hoping that his team can go one better in this game.
United have been busy over the last couple of weeks as they have brought in two new players to help them compete for a place in the Champions League. Odion Ighalo was a shock signing, while Bruno Fernandes was a player that United had been linked with for the past 18 months. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that both new additions will be able to bring something to the United attack, which has been struggling throughout the season.
Those struggles were evident in United’s last outing in the Premier League as they were held to a 0-0 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Red Devils never looked like scoring in that match, and that attacking threat needs to be there if they are to get a win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. BetXChange currently have Manchester United as the 3.35 outsiders to beat Chelsea.
Head To Head
United holds the dominant advantage over Chelsea in the record between the two sides. Chelsea have recorded 54 wins in this fixture, while United have 80. There have been 51 draws. The Reds Devils have already beaten the Blues twice this season. They won 4-0 on the opening day of the season at Old Trafford, before winning 2-1 in the Carabao Cup a few weeks later.
Likely Starting Elevens
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Timori, James, Kante, Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Willian, Abraham
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Mata, Fernandes, James, Martial
Chelsea vs United Prediction
This should be an entertaining game between two sides that like to play on the counter-attack. It could go either way, and United’s recent good record against Chelsea is hard to ignore. However, the case for either side isn’t strong enough, which means a good bet could be for both teams to score.