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

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Manchester United v Chelsea

Premier League: Sun, 28/04  Stadium: Old Trafford

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This game is a tough one to pick with two evenly matched teams. Chelsea will need to decide whether they stick or twist but the equation is much more straightforward for United – they need to get the victory. As United have lost seven out of their last nine games, Chelsea could start this game as favourites and are priced at 7/4 with Bet365. Going for a ‘draw or Chelsea’ option is priced at 1/2 with the same bookmaker.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

One of the biggest games of the weekend takes place at Old Trafford where the race for Champions League qualification really heats up. Chelsea currently occupy fourth position but United can go level on points with a win here. With Arsenal losing their game against Leicester, Chelsea can solidify their grip on fourth spot and have it in their own hands going into the final two games of the season.

After their 4-0 defeat to Everton, Manchester United faced scathing criticism from fans and pundits alike. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had already started to talk about how many players were not going to be part of the United setup in the future. This led to a much improved performance against champions Manchester City, despite them losing to goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane. However one area of concern will have been the form of star goalkeeper David De Gea, who let in two near post goals against City. United will be hoping for an improved display, as Champions League qualification will be a huge boost for Solskjaer given their positions in the league earlier in the season and the ability to attract the best players for next year.

Chelsea’s form in the league has been patchy with the Blues drawing their last home game 2-2 against Burnley and losing 2-0 Liverpool prior to that. Goals from their strikers has been a real issue as Higuain has struggled to replicate his form in the Italian league since his move and there has been an overreliance on star man Eden Hazard to produce moments of magic in each game. But the Blues do still have qualification in their own hands and an at times turbulent season for Maurizio Sarri could still be a successful one with potential Europa League success also.

In team news, Manchester United could welcome back Ander Herrera after the Spaniard missed six games with a hamstring injury. Phil Jones and Scott McTominay missed out in midweek and could still struggle to feature. How United will lineup in attack will be interesting, as Marcus Rashford had a good game against City but Lingard had a mixed game. Whether Lukaku gets the nod to face his old side will be the decision Solskjaer needs to make.

Chelsea will be without wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi for the rest of the season after he ruptured his achilles. Midfielder N’Golo Kante is a doubt having suffered a rib injury against Burnley, but the Blues could welcome back Antonio Rudiger to strengthen their backline. The injury to Hudson-Odoi could also see Pedro drafted back into the starting lineup as he started on the bench against Burnley.

Honours have very much been even amongst these two in recent times, with their last five games in all competitions finishing on two wins apiece and a draw. The reverse fixture earlier in the season saw the Blues salvage a last-minute draw courtesy of Ross Barkley, after Martial’s brace had put United on course for victory. United did however beat 2-0 at Stamford Bridge after goals from Herrera and Pogba helped them knock the Blues out of the FA Cup.

This game is a tough one to pick with two evenly matched teams. Chelsea will need to decide whether they stick or twist but the equation is much more straightforward for United – they need to get the victory. As United have lost seven out of their last nine games, Chelsea could start this game as favourites and are priced at 7/4 with Bet365. Going for a ‘draw or Chelsea’ option is priced at 1/2 with the same bookmaker.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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