The clash between Chelsea and Manchester United can decide a lot of things in the English Premier League. Although Man City’s suspension affects the standings and the Champions League race, that decision is still not 100% certain. But even if it is, the fight for the UCL will become even more intense. Especially for United, who is a pretty bad situation.
Chelsea (-118) is holding that fourth place right now, but the Blues posted shaky performances over the recent few weeks. For example, they didn’t win the Premiership event for three rounds posting a last-second loss in Newcastle and two draws against Arsenal at home and Leicester on the road, both of them 2-2. Four of the previous five events ended with over 2.5 goals, and the latest three all saw both teams to score, with the Blues netting at least twice. All the problems started when Tammy Abraham began losing his rhythm from the start of the season. Chelsea’s youngster, who is one of the biggest talents in Europan football, had a bit of a scoring crisis, but he looks better at the moment.
Manchester United (+350) is in a mess. And that started a long time ago, not recently. Solskjaer’s side is also without a win in the Premiership for three games, and after losing to Liverpool at Anfield, and Burnley at home, both with 0-2, they played without goals against Wolverhampton. That happened three days after beating Manchester City at Etihad in the second leg of the EFL Cup. Now, that is what United looks like today – unreliable and unpredictable. Only one of their previous 10 matches saw both teams to score, and in the most recent three, they haven’t conceded a goal.
Christian Pulisic is back in the training process, but it is doubtful whether he will play against the Red Devils. The situation around Abraham is pretty worrying and he is still under a question mark.
Scott McTominay and Timothy Fosu-Mensah might appear, but the chances are slim. Paul Pogba is questionable, while Marcus Rashford skips this one also.
Head to Head Games
Do you remember the opening game of the season once Untied annihilated the Blues with 4-0 at Trafford? Many believed back then that Man Utd might even attack the title, and that Chelsea’s future isn’t that bright. United also eliminated Lampard’s boys from EFL, but back then, the Blues played with a mixed lineup, which couldn’t be told for the Red Devils. Overall, Chelsea didn’t win in the last five games against this opponent.
We don’t expect too many goals here, mostly due to United’s tactics, which will be defensive-minded. We all know that Solskjaer likes to rely upon counter-attacks when facing a tough opponent, especially on the road. Therefore our pick focus on the second half efficiency. The first 45 minutes will be dull, with teams waiting for the rival’s mistake. Over 1.5 goals in the second half is a reasonable pick. The odds for that are solid and, at the moment, sit at +100, which is a great bargain.
Pick: 2 or 3 goals +100
Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.