Kick-off: 1630, 28/04/2019
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: Sky Sports
Man Utd vs Chelsea
Manchester United and Chelsea are both scrambling to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and we reckon they are hard to split ahead of Sunday’s showdown.
The Blues are in slightly better form but the Red Devils have the edge on past head-to-head results to even things up.
Punters can get 12/5 for a draw at Old Trafford and we’re taking that as our opening Man Utd vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United fell to a seventh defeat in their last nine outings in all competitions when beaten 2-0 by neighbours City at this venue on Wednesday.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took some consolation from a solid first-half showing after the Red Devils had previously crumbled to a 4-0 loss at Everton.
“Sunday is a massive one,” he told MUTV. “Sunday is something we have got to get ready for. The crowd has got to get ready for it, the players have got to get ready for it.
“Let’s just make sure we turn up on Sunday with the same attitude and a little bit more quality in front of goal, hopefully.
“Let’s get the win that everybody wants, that the fans deserve and that the players deserve, because they have made a terrific effort to give us a chance, with three games to go, to get in the top four.”
United were unbeaten in 14 Premier League home games before that derby defeat and can take heart from past meetings with Chelsea.
The Red Devils drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge in this competition in October and prevailed 2-0 there in February’s FA Cup tie, plus they have won the last couple of top-flight encounters at Old Trafford.
Looking at the Man Utd vs Chelsea odds, we’re going with 14/5 for both teams to score in a high-tempo first half.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Shaw, Darmian, Pogba, Lingard, Pereira, Fred, Rashford.
Ander Herrera could return for United after missing the last six games with a hamstring injury.
David De Gea will keep his place despite poor recent form, but midfielder Scott McTominay is again a doubt, along with defender Phil Jones.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea are one point above Arsenal and three clear of United in the race to make the leading quartet, but blew a big chance to further boost their prospects when only drawing 2-2 at home to Burnley on Monday.
After Jeff Hendrick put the Clarets ahead, N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain blasted two goals in as many minutes for the Blues, but Ashley Barnes levelled things up again, all inside 25 minutes.
Maurizio Sarri was later sent to the stands and the final whistle was followed by a tunnel fracas, as tempers flared at Stamford Bridge.
The match was also marred by winger Callum Hudson-Odoi suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.
Chelsea’s form in big road games is another cause for concern, with this month’s 2-0 loss at Liverpool coming after earlier away defeats at Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City, where they were thrashed 6-0.
The Blues have also been beaten at Wolves, Bournemouth and Everton, so Sarri would almost certainly settle for a share of the spoils at Old Trafford.
Let’s add 23/2 for a 2-2 stalemate to our Man Utd vs Chelsea betting tips.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Higuain, Hazard, Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger should shake off his knee injury in time, but N’Golo Kante remains a doubt due to a rib issue and Callum Hudson-Odoi is a long-term absentee after Achilles surgery.
MAN UTD 0-2 Man City
CHELSEA 2-2 Burnley – N’Golo Kante, Gonzalo Higuain
Head-to-head: Chelsea 0-2 Man Utd, Chelsea 2-2 Man Utd, Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 2-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd
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