Chelsea v Manchester United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Chelsea v Manchester United

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Monday, February 17, 2020


Stamford Bridge

Punter's Pick

In what is likely to be a tight tussle, Chelsea may just edge out United by the odd goal – so back the Red Devils to come away with a draw with a +1 goal handicap, available at an attractive looking 11/4 with Bet365.

Games between these two sides and the top six in general tend to open up in the second half after attritional opening periods – both teams to score in the second half therefore comes an interesting proposition, and can be backed at 9/4, again with Bet365.

The race for a Champions League spot hots up on Monday evening, as Manchester United and Chelsea resume hostilities, with just six points separating Chelsea in fourth and United back in eighth place.

Fall from grace for both sides

In years gone by, this fixture would prove to be one of the pivotal moments in the season, with the result of the head to head clashes between these two sides often going a long way to decide who would finish as top dogs in the Premier League. Fast forward a few years and both sides have been overrun by another set of bitter rivals, with Manchester City taking the last two Premier League titles and this season Liverpool closing down on the title in a manner never before witnessed in the top flight.

Both Chelsea and United have suffered from managerial uncertainty in recent seasons, constantly chopping and changing, often on a whim, leaving behind an incoherent mess. Chelsea’s method of winning the title by changing manager every few seasons looks to have hit a dead end, leaving both sides entrusting former players to try bring back Premier League success.

Investment in youth, but misguided?

Both sides are to be commended for investing in a number of home grown players this season, with Chelsea in particular not shy about throwing in academy graduates who have bided their time out on loan spells before breaking through this season. United as well have made Marcus Rashford their main man this campaign by getting rid of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, whilst the likes of Scott McTominay have had a breakthrough season.

The investment in youth has come at a price, with often brilliant football one moment turning into horror shows with alarming regularity. Both sides for example have lost eight league games each so far this season – almost a third of their fixtures. With Liverpool rubbing salt in the wounds and on course to finish the campaign undefeated, both managers must in private look on enviously at Jurgen Klopp’s perfect balance of youth and experience, and be plotting how to emulate something similar next season.

Team News

Scott McTominay returned to training over the winter break, and could come into contention for a place on the bench at the minimum. Paul Pogba has resumed light training but remains unavailable alongside Marcus Rashford.

Chelsea have a relatively clean bill of health going into this fixture, with the winter break allowing a number of players to recover from niggles. Willy Caballero is expected to keep his place in goal.

Entertaining draw on cards?

Neither side goes into this fixture in particularly good form, with both sides winless in their last three games. Both teams have also been shipping goals, making it difficult to gauge which way a tight fixture will go, so it may be a case of the two teams cancelling each other out in what is usually an incident packed clash.

Punter's Pick

In what is likely to be a tight tussle, Chelsea may just edge out United by the odd goal – so back the Red Devils to come away with a draw with a +1 goal handicap, available at an attractive looking 11/4 with Bet365.

Games between these two sides and the top six in general tend to open up in the second half after attritional opening periods – both teams to score in the second half therefore comes an interesting proposition, and can be backed at 9/4, again with Bet365.

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