Both Manchester United and Chelsea had successful Premier League weekends, and so will be in high spirits ahead of their meeting at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s defensive tactics at Anfield confirmed that his blueprint for big away games hasn’t changed, which means that Chelsea – who themselves like to play on the counter-attack – will struggle to score goals.
Expect another low scoring affair, with United looking to repeat the model that saw them draw 0-0 with Liverpool. The best betting odds are under 2.5 goals at 1.909*.
Chelsea are undefeated in ten games against Manchester United in a run that stretches back to October 2012.
At times on Monday night United were playing with a back six, as both Ashley Young and Marcus Rashford sat extremely deep to nullify Liverpool’s passing football. They were helped by excellent performances by United’s double pivote of Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini.
Given that Chelsea’s new 3-4-2-1 formation focuses on attacking down the middle, we can safely assume that Mourinho will adopt exactly the same strategy we saw against Liverpool for this weekend.
Eden Hazard and Pedro are flourishing in the middle of the park, largely because Chelsea’s use of wing-backs stretches the opposition midfield apart. Aware of the threat on the flanks and in the middle, Mourinho will again instruct Rashford and Young to hold back and Herrera and Fellaini to protect the back four. This should result in a tense, stodgy game of football with few chances for either side.
Chelsea are undefeated in ten games against Manchester United in a run that stretches back to October 2012. They have also only lost twice in their last 15 home league games – whilst United are without an away league win since the last-minute 1-0 win at Hull City in August. Both sides enter the match in high spirits, but Mourinho’s frustration tactics should give his side the edge.
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