Manchester United vs Chelsea: Predictions and Odds

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The weekend is quickly approaching and the 2019/20 Premier League season is about to kick off.

On Sunday, we have perhaps the tastiest head-to-head of the first round of fixtures as Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford.

With both clubs aiming for a top 4 finish this season, it will be interesting to see who gets the upper hand early on.

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Form Guide


Manchester United


Manchester United found themselves struggling towards the end of last season and ended up finishing in 6th place in the Premier League and a whopping 32 points behind winners Manchester City.

Manchester United scored a total of 65 goals in the Premier League last season, an average of 1.67 goals per game. However, they also conceded 54 times, an average of 1.38 goals per game. In their final 5 league games of the season, Manchester United lost 3 and drew 2.

Chelsea


Chelsea also had a strange season last time out and it looked like Sarri was going to be sacked mid-season at one point in time. Nevertheless, the club went on to finish in 3rd place on 72 points and, as such, qualified for the Champions League this season.

Chelsea scored a total of 63 times in the league last season, an average of 1.66 goals per game, very similar to Manchester United. However, they conceded a lot less at 39 times, an average of 1.03 goals per game. In their final 5 league games, Chelsea won 1, drew 3, and lost 1.

Head to Head


In the previous 10 meetings between the clubs, Manchester United won 3, Chelsea won 4, and there were 3 draws. Chelsea failed to beat Manchester United in their previous 3 attempts.

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Pre-Match Analysis


Manchester United


The world will watch on with interest as Manchester United take to the field for the first time this season. After a wonderful couple of months of form when he took over as manager, Solkjaer also went through a really rough patch after signing his permanent contract.

Nevertheless, Manchester United have dipped into the transfer market this summer and have looked to strengthen in a few key areas. Notable additions include Wan-Bissaka at right-back and Maguire at centre-back, both of which are an improvement. However, it is uncertain as to whether Pogba will remain at the club and Lukaku also seems certain to be leaving in this window.

If Manchester United are going to be successful this season then they need to stop being so leaky at the back. An unusual run of poor form from de Gea was the icing on the cake for opposition supporters last time as the brick wall seemed to crumble after years of keeping Manchester United afloat. I expect improvement here with a reinforced defensive line.

This is probably the best time for Manchester United to be playing Chelsea. Lampard has very little experience as a manager, has lost their best player in Hazard, and cannot bring in any new signings. If Solskjaer can get his team to play fast-paced attacking football then they may have enough to overrun Chelsea with the home support behind them.

Chelsea


Talk about being baptised by fire. Chelsea legend Lampard will know exactly what is on the line as he takes his new team to Old Trafford for the first game of the season. Start well and the pressure will ease off somewhat. Get a pasting and the media will be all over his appointment like a bad rash.

With Hazard now gone, Chelsea look somewhat toothless upfront. Nevertheless, they do have a decent defence so I think it's unlikely that they'll be worrying too much about Manchester United's attack. There is an opportunity for Lampard's team to catch Manchester United out here before they've had a chance to settle. After last season's awful run of form, an away goal could get the crowd groaning early on and that will only serve to put pressure on Solskjaer and his team.

If Chelsea can nullify Pogba in midfield then they should be able to control possession. The question then, however, is if they can go on to put the game to bed with their one truly world-class player now off in Madrid?

Prediction


Without Hazard's threat and with rookie manager Lampard at the helm, I think Manchester United have the edge here with home crowd advantage. That's not to say that Chelsea can't get something out of the game, but it may come down to who can take the initiative first.

Odds

  • The draw is somewhat tempting at odds of 3.45 but all of the 1x2 markets offer decent returns.
  • Both teams to score (yes) seems fairly priced at 1.84.
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Manchester United wins!!!

The footballing world knows that when it's a match between the red devils and the blues, current form and stats, has nothing to do with it, the two teams always bring on their best game. It's great we starting the season with such a wonderful piece of football.

It should be a good game.

Chelsea all the way. I think there will be a difference this season and United will struggle to hold down a top 6 spot. They have too many average players and they will be found out.The entire squad needed a make over and the two signings are nowhere near enough. Hazard leaving wont change things that much. Other sides have improved and United haven't done much. I think they are in trouble and Chelsea should walk away comfortable winners.

Agree about United to some extent. They just don't have the players or manager to really push on. Disagree about Hazard as he was the 'difference-maker' for Chelsea and I think they'll suffer with him gone at times. It's almost PL time! :)

Lets wait and see how much Hazard will be missed. Maybe someone else will step up now.

First match - a draw. It seems to be the most possible scenario. 1-1 is my tip.

Yep, could definitely see this one being a draw.

Easy win for Manchester United with very good goal margin.

I was scouted the trending page to read a decent post and I got yours.
even though it was 3 days old.
It will be a match to see what team will be later part of the top 4.
Sunday will tell me more about both.
Somehow I favor Chelsea even though they are toothless upfront.
Chelsea has a small teeth upfront, hopefully Man U may not think he is threat and score.
Hope it is not a draw.

For this, I will be giving it to both teams because they are as good as the other, but i will be really taking time to see what Manchester will be pulling out this season.
Manchester and Chelsea just seems to have something hard on for themselves and it will be fun to see this season.