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Five things we think will happen in Chelsea v Man Utd

By Harry Edwards

Five predictions for Man Utd vs Chelsea

Published: 16:28, 17 July 2020 | Updated: 16:07, 20 July 2020

Manchester United and Chelsea are both fighting for a place in the Premier League’s top four, but this weekend their attention turns elsewhere.

On Sunday, Man Utd and Chelsea face of for the fourth time this season and this time there’s a spot in the FA Cup final on the line. Both sides were last in the final in 2018, when Antonio Conte’s Chelsea beat Jose Mourinho‘s Man Utd 1-0 thanks to an Eden Hazard penalty, and both will be hoping for a return to Wembley.

  • Man Utd XI: De Gea; Maguire, Bailly, Lindelof; Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Fred, Williams; Fernandes; Rashford, James
  • Chelsea XI: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Willian, Giroud, Mount

The previous three meetings have given some indication on how Sunday might play out, which leads us onto the first of five things (each slightly more ambition than the last) we think will happen in Man Utd vs Chelsea.

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1. Man Utd will win

As mentioned, the three meetings this season have been extremely one-sided, with Man Utd boasting a 100 percent record and an aggregate score of 8-1. But it hasn’t just been this season. Chelsea have not beat Man Utd since that 2018 FA Cup final, with two draws and four defeats coming in the six games since.

Then there’s Chelsea’s record at Old Trafford, with the Blues failing to win on their past seven visits (drawing four and losing three) since a 1-0 win in 2013 when Juan Mata scored the only goal late on under Rafael Benitez. Not to mention Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unbeaten in five games against Chelsea as Man Utd manager, winning four.

Relevant 888sport odds:

  • Man Utd to win: 29/20
  • Man Utd draw no bet: 3/4
  • Double Chance Man Utd/draw: 21/50

2. Marcus Rashford will score

One of Man Utd‘s many men of the moment, Marcus Rashford has a decent record against Chelsea which he will undoubtedly be looking to extend, should he play a role.

The 22-year-old has played 10 games against Chelsea during his career so far and has loved his time on the pitch, scoring five goals (more than he has managed against any other club). Four of those five goals have come this season, netting both in the 2-1 Carabao Cup win and also grabbing a brace in the 4-0 win at Old Trafford. Rashford also has a tendency to score first against Chelsea, opening the scoring in each of the three games in which he has found the net.

Relevant 888sport odds:

  • Marcus Rashford 1st goalscorer: 19/4
  • Marcus Rashford last goalscorer: 19/4
  • Marcus Rashford anytime goalscorer: 17/10
  • Marcus Rashford to score at least 2 goals: 21/2

3. Someone will keep a clean sheet

Once again looking at the three games played between Man Utd and Chelsea this season, the Red Devils have kept clean sheets in two of the matches and will fancy their chances of making it a third this season. The Blues have struggled in front of goal a lot this season, failing to score on nine occasions, and whoever they face on Sunday between the Man Utd sticks will be a tough opponent.

Should Sergio Romero start in goal, being the cup goalkeeper, then the Argentinian has kept a clean sheet in 11 of his 15 matches this season (which is more than Chelsea first-choice Kepa, who has 10 in 40 games). Meanwhile, David De Gea has 14.

But let’s not completely rule out the chance of Chelsea keeping the opponents out, with both teams scoring in just five of the past 15 games between the Blues and Man Utd.

Relevant 888sport odds:

  • Both teams to score No: Evens
  • Man Utd to win to nil: 16/5
  • Chelsea to win to nil: 4/1

4. Man Utd will score at least two goals

If you haven’t realised already, a lot of signs point to Man Utd reaching the FA Cup final at the expense of Chelsea, and they are likely to score a few goals on the way.

Firstly, Chelsea’s defence have not been great, conceding goals in five of their eight games since football returned in June. On three of those occasions the Blues let in at least two goals, with both Sheffield United and West Ham putting three past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In that same period, Man Utd have scored at least two goals in seven consecutive games, since Tottenham Hotspur restricted them to just one. Man Utd have also won four of their past five games by at least two goals, with their attacking stars looking in dangerous form.

Relevant 888sport odds:

  • Man Utd over 1.5 goals: 7/5
  • Man Utd to win by 2 goals: 6/1

5. Chelsea will receive more cards

Chelsea have actually been one of the cleaner teams in the Premier League season, being shown 58 yellow cards in their 36 games, averaging. 1.61 per match, with only five teams receiving fewer. But there’s something about playing Man Utd that brings out the devil in them.

Of those 58 yellow cards shown, eight have come in the two games against Man Utd, more than any other team Chelsea have faced this season. The Blues have also been shown more yellow cards than Man Utd in three of the past five games between the two sides in all competitions, with an overall score of 14-13.

Relevant 888sport odds:

  • Chelsea to receive most cards: 31/20
  • Chelsea to be given a red card: 12/1


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