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Chelsea vs Man Utd: Stamford Bridge stalemate makes sense

Kick-off: 1630, 28/02/2021

Stadium: Stamford Bridge

TV: Sky Sports

Chelsea remain unbeaten in eight matches under Thomas Tuchel following Tuesday night’s superb Champions League win over Atletico Madrid in Bucharest.

However, Manchester United have yet to taste defeat from 12 Premier League road trips this term, so Sunday’s clash has all the makings of a tight tussle.

We feel 23/10 for the scores to finish level at Stamford Bridge is the way to go with our first Chelsea vs Man Utd prediction.

A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds

Chelsea were more superior than the 1-0 scoreline suggests when taking on Atletico in the first leg of their European showdown.

Olivier Giroud’s spectacular overhead kick settled the issue, with the evergreen veteran grabbing his sixth goal of the competition.

The Blues had to recover from a nervy start in Romania, but went on to dominate the majority of the contest and prevented La Liga leaders Atletico from having a single shot on target.

“I am super happy for my players and the team for such a big reward,” beamed Tuchel. “We actually can read it on the scoreline that we have the result against top opponents.

“It was very important that we are absolutely concentrated over all 96 minutes and that we also accept that it’s very hard to create chances, but we did all that and it was a very good team effort.”

However, it’s hard to get too carried away with Chelsea’s Premier League form since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard.

Workmanlike wins over Burnley, Tottenham, Sheffield United and Newcastle have been book-ended by draws with Wolves and Southampton, so more evidence is needed before hailing the new boss.

Seven of the German’s matches so far have produced under 2.5 goals and 10/11 for that bet to come in again here stands out from the Chelsea vs Man Utd odds.

The fact that these teams drew 0-0 at Old Trafford in October also supports that selection.

Last Chelsea line-up: Mendy, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Werner, Giroud.

A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds

United have two days less to recover from a Europa League game against Real Sociedad, but that tie was effectively settled via a 4-0 success in their opening encounter, allowing key players to be rested.

In the Premier League, the Red Devils have had mixed results in recent weeks, but a 3-1 home win over Newcastle kept them second in the table, six points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea.

Marcus Rashford’s fine solo strike was quickly cancelled out by Allan Saint-Maximin, but Dan James put United back in front and Bruno Fernandes wrapped up victory from the penalty spot.

Slipping 10 points adrift of neighbours City at the summit has been frustrating, but Rashford said: “We have to concentrate on ourselves and our performances.

“I think we’ve said all season that we’re a team that’s still improving, learning lessons about ourselves every game.

“We have to concentrate on ourselves and keep giving the best version of us. Ultimately, that’s going to make us win the games.”

United won their first six away games in the Premier League this season, but their record on the road has since been solid, rather than spectacular.

Narrow victories at Burnley and Fulham have come in between draws at Leicester, Liverpool, Arsenal and most recently West Brom.

Solskjaer would almost certainly settle for another stalemate here, so 15/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time is added to our Chelsea vs Man Utd betting tips.

Last Man Utd EPL line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Fernandes, James, Matic, Martial, Rashford.

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Last result:

Atletico Madrid 0-1 CHELSEA – Olivier Giroud

MAN UTD 3-1 Newcastle – Marcus Rashford, Daniel James, Bruno Fernandes (pen)

Head-to-head: Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea, Man Utd 1-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-2 Man Utd, Chelsea 1-2 Man Utd, Man Utd 4-0 Chelsea

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