Manchester United v Chelsea Recent Form
Manchester United have recovered well after that extraordinary 6-1 defeat to Tottenham. They won 4-1 at Newcastle on the weekend and beat last season’s finalists Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday. Chelsea have had a stuttering start to the season. They drew 3-3 with Southampton at the weekend and notched up another tie with Sevilla in the Champions League.
Manchester United v Chelsea Recent Matchups
These two sides last met back in July in an FA Cup fixture that saw Chelsea secure a 3-1 victory. That was something of an anomaly in this contest. United won four and drew two of the six matches the sides played before that match in July. The Blues haven’t won a Premier League match at Old Trafford since back in 2013. Current United man Juan Mata got the goal for Chelsea that day as he lined up alongside Blues boss Frank Lampard in midfield.
Manchester United v Chelsea Stats & Analysis
Manchester United could make history in this match. They’ve started this season poorly at home and are on course to set an unwelcome record. Consecutive home defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace and the two draws against West Ham and Southampton last season mean they’ve gone four consecutive home league matches without winning a match. That is highly unusual for the Red Devils. The last time they went five home matches without winning was back in the 1989-90 season and United finished 13th in the First Division that year.
But Chelsea can’t come into this match full of confidence. Their away form has been pretty disappointing under Frank Lampard, going back to the end of 2019. Chelsea have lost six of their ten most recent away matches in all competitions. Ironically, one of the few away wins the Blues have secured in recent months was at Old Trafford back in July.
Regardless, this stands to be a hugely entertaining match. This has been an incredibly high-scoring Premier League season thus far and these two sides have been at the centre of it. Manchester United have the highest average number of total goals per match at 5.25 in the Premier League this season. The Blues aren’t too far behind in fourth at 4.40 but that figure increases to 5.00 just looking at away matches. This is nothing new for Frank Lampard. No side in Europe’s top five leagues had a higher number of total match goals in their away games than Frank Lampard’s men did last season.
Manchester United v Chelsea Bets
Manchester United are the slight favourites to secure the win here. They’re 8/5 to win the match with a draw out at 11/4. Chelsea are 15/8 to secure the victory and their first Premier League win at Old Trafford since 2013. A draw or Chelsea win double chance is 5/8 if you fancy United to go five home league matches without winning for the first time in 30 years.
Manchester United have had a dire time of it at Old Trafford so far. They’re rock bottom of the home table for the Premier League this season with zero points and a worse goal difference than Fulham and Brighton. The visitors Chelsea are 9/3 to win with a European handicap of 1-0 to the hosts.
We can expect goals here. Both of these sides have been involved in some high-scoring matches already this season. They both have made some questionable defensive errors and have quality players up front. Over 3.5 total match goals is 13/8 and over 4.5 is way out at 4/1.
It’s hard to know which players to back to score the goals. There is attacking talent on both of these sides so it’s difficult to know which ones to pick. Marcus Rashford has three in his three most recent appearances against the Blues and is available at 2/1 to score any time. Bruno Fernandes is down the list at 15/8 while Juan Mata is an 11/2 anytime goalscorer against his former side.
At the other end, Timo Werner has got his first Premier League goals and is 7/4 to add to that tally here. Chelsea’s penalty taker Jorginho is a tempting option at 9/3 to score any time.