Manchester United vs Chelsea Soccer Predictions and Betting : This year’s premier league has been highly predictable. Everyone expected teams like Liverpool, Manchester City to continue their domination, but the initial games have put all those into sleep.
The underdog and lower ranked players have played quality football that has taken everyone by surprise. Here is yet another clash between two top teams on Saturday at Old Trafford when The Red Devils Manchester United are in pursuit of their first win at home whereas Frank Lampard's Chelsea have been below par even after fielding a strong squad.
It will be interesting to see how teams respond to this slump in their form over the weekend.
Manchester United vs Chelsea Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent form
Manchester United looked helpless after a poor show without a trophy in the 2019 season. A 3rd place finish in the Premier League was the consolation for the side. Come 2020 season, the issues have only magnified with a couple of early defeats at home and with rumors of players not getting along.
But their Saturday performance have dozed off the fire after they convincingly beat New Castle United. Despite this win, they are still in 14th position with 2 wins and 2 losses in this season. Earlier they had lost to Crystal Palace and faced a 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Spurs.
Overall, they have won 4 out of 6 games in the recent past scoring 15 goals in the same period.
Chelsea also went trophy less last season with inconsistent performances across competitions. But they made the most of the transfer market by bringing in some of the best players to get good results.
But it still seems that they are missing a piece with not so convincing performances in the initial games. Barring the wins against Brighton and Crystal Palace, they looked totally out of sorts against West Brom and conceded unnecessarily against Southampton that forced them to settle for 1 point each in both the games.
They are currently sitting in the 7th spot after 2 wins, 2 losses and a draw in 5 games. Their attack has improved drastically but with little support from their defense.
Manchester United vs Chelsea Soccer Predictions and Betting : Head-to-head
Manchester United: 19
Last 5 matches: Manchester United – 3, Chelsea – 1, Draw - 1
Recent Meeting: Chelsea beat Manchester United 3-1 in a premier league fixture on 19th July 2020 at the Stamford bridge.
Manchester United vs Chelsea Soccer Predictions and Betting : News Buzz
Manchester United vs Chelsea Soccer Predictions and Betting : Offensive and defensive stats
Manchester United will go in with their default formation of 4-2-3-1 to counter their rivals at home. On the other hand, Chelsea will also stick to their 4-2-3-1 combination to score a victory at Old Trafford.
The Manchester United attack looked sharp on Saturday which they would like to continue when they face Chelsea.
Anthony Martial will be the striker in the side after missing out the Newcastle game with a red card against Spurs. He has one assist but hasn’t been able to close games for United. He has 86.4% pass success, 0.4 aerials won and 0.6 dribbles in 4 games.
Bruno Fernandes has been a quality attacking midfielder who has 81.8% pass success and is very strong in creating chances and scored a brace against Newcastle United. He has 3 assists,4 goals, 3 shots per target, 3.4 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game along with 82.1% pass accuracy.
Marcus Rashford is an important element who will be key in creating chances and netting in crucial moments. He has 4 goals along with 84.2% pass success in 8 games but has to assume more responsibility in the coming games to score often.
The Chelsea looked strong and sorted but have lacked intent in few games. Tammy Abraham who is the key striker in the team has been quiet in the last three games after a much-needed goal against West Brom that forced a draw. He has an excellent header and has scored four goals in 6 outings along with 2 shots per game, 0.3 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game so far.
The new signing Kai Havertz has proved to be a top performer who finally opened his account in premier league on Saturday. He had a hattrick last month in the EFL Cup and has 89.2% pass success with 1 shot and 1.6 key passes per game in recent past.
Timo Werner who was criticized for not scoring has finally arrived to the party with 2 goals and an assist this weekend that has instilled confidence in the young gun. There is no doubt in his finishing ability or in creating chances, but the German will have to bounce back quickly. He has 7 goals in 14 games with 81.1% success in passes in addition to 2.7 shots on target and 1 key pass per game so far.
Manchester United’s defense is a major concern for the side, but they looked solid barring that own goal by Luke Shaw.
The trio of Harry Maguire, Shaw and Lindelof has a tough game on hands this Saturday to prevent the opponents from scoring. Maguire has been decent in aerial duels and interceptions but has often shown his weakness in tackling. The defender has 87.5% pass success, 2.8 aerials won per game along with 0.2 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per match.
The Swedish defender Victor Lindelof will have to step up in the coming days but has a 93.2% pass success and has been excellent in aerial duels with 1.7 aerials won per match and an astounding 4.5 clears per game. Luke Shaw who plays as the center back has lacked discipline but is often involved in key passes. He enjoys 81.7% pass success and 1.8 clears per game so far.
For Chelsea, the combo of Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Azpilicueta and Ben Chilwell will have to secure the defense to hold a clean sheet.
Kurt Zouma has been exceptional in passing, aerial duels and ball interceptions. He has 0.3 tackle, 5.5 clears, 4 aerials and 89.2% success in completing passes.
Thiago Silva will probably start citing a poor show against Southampton by other defenders. In the 2 games he has been part of, he managed 1.5 interception, 3 clears and 0.5 blocks per game along with 94.6% pass completion rate.
Ben Chilwell is an important signing for the team who has shown his versatility with his invaluable contribution. He has two goal and two assists in four games along with 82.3% pass success and 1.5 interceptions per game so far. He defends, he controls and scores for the team out of nowhere.
Overall, both the line-ups have the potential to live up to the challenge in what will be a thrilling contest.
Manchester United vs Chelsea prediction and betting tips
The clash between Man United and Chelsea is scheduled on 24th October in Old Trafford at 5.30pm IST. It is a level headed clash between two football giants with both sides in dire need of some momentum and confidence that would help them win prestigious trophies.
The betting platforms suggest a slight edge to United with a home advantage whereas the visitors would be eyeing for valuable 3 points on Saturday.