Saturday, January 22, 2022

Prediction: Chelsea vs Manchester United

Verdict: Chelsea win

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Unibet

Hoping to extend their stay at the top of the Premier League table this weekend, Chelsea will welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Chelsea

Starting with the hosts, only laying down what was a real Champions League marker earlier in the week, there is no doubt that the mood in Chelsea’s camp will be at a red-hot high. While the Blues might have entered November’s international break with a 1-1 draw at home against Burnley, Thomas Tuchel’s side have really come flying back out the traps. Last seen in midweek landing a stunning 4-0 romp against Italian giants Juventus, the former Borussia Dortmund boss also saw his side breeze their way to the knockout stage. Opening up this weekend’s fixtures still holding onto a three-point buffer at the top of the Premier League table, Chelsea will know that they have a golden chance to extend on their Stamford Bridge purple patch. Impressing many as they secured a 3-0 romp away at Leicester last weekend, the west London outfit have only continued to shine with their displays at both ends of the pitch.

Team News

Suffering what was a suspected ACL injury against Juventus in midweek, Ben Chilwell could be set to miss the remainder of the season.

Likewise, also limping off at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, N’Golo Kante is a fitness doubt this weekend.

Manchester United

As for the visitors, parting ways with now-former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær last weekend, there is no doubt that Manchester United would have been relieved to have found a boost on foreign soil. Securing a 2-0 win away at Spanish outfit Villarreal on Champions League duties, news also broke on Thursday that Ralf Rangnick is set to be appointed as their new interim boss. However, last seen on Premier League action getting hit with that woeful 4-1 defeat away at Watford, the Reds are in the midst of what has become a domestic nightmare. Including heading into November’s international break with a deserved 2-0 defeat against defending champions and local rivals Manchester City, United have won just one of their last seven top-flight contests, a run that stems back to September 19th. In fact, collecting just three points from their last five outings, Sunday’s guests will be preparing for what could be a long afternoon in the capital.

Team News

Manchester United will once again be without both Paul Pogba and Raphaël Varane for their trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Shown a red card against Watford in their 4-1 drumming, England international Harry Maguire will serve a suspension here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Chelsea are unbeaten in each of their last 10 matchups across all formats, recording nine wins.
    • Manchester United have managed to win just one of their previous seven Premier League contests.
    • The Reds have also lost four of their last five top-flight fixtures.
    • Reece James has scored four goals in his last five matchups across all formats.
    • Each of the last two Premier League meetings between Sunday’s opponents have finished in a 0-0 draw.

    Conclusion

    While Manchester United might have managed to pick up a Champions League boost in midweek, the Reds should be in for a tough task here. In the midst of a real Premier League nightmare and losing four of their last five contests, Chelsea should be smelling a golden chance to lay down a marker. Storming their way to an eye-catching 4-0 romp against Italian giants Juventus on Tuesday, Thomas Tuchel’s side are riding a real wave. In the midst of an extended 10-match unbeaten run, and winning nine of those contests, Sunday’s hosts will be relishing United’s arrival at Stamford Bridge. Looking to pick up their first top-flight victory against United since 2017, we’re backing a home win here.

    Verdict: Chelsea win

    Best Odds: 4/6

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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