Feb 19, 2018
Feb 19, 2018

Premier League preview: Manchester United vs. Chelsea

Premier League preview: Manchester United vs. Chelsea

Manchester United welcome Chelsea in our highlight Premier League fixture. Looking for value in the Manchester United vs. Chelsea odds? Read on to inform your Manchester United vs. Chelsea prediction.

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Manchester United are money line favourites going into the game with Old Trafford offering home field advantage.

The odds also point to a relatively low scoring game, with under 2.5 goals priced at 1.704*, yet over 1.75 goals priced at 1.510*.

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea odds: What you need to know

Time: Sunday 25 February, 14:05 GMT kickoff

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

  • Manchester United have lost two of their last three Premier League games
  • Chelsea have lost two of their last three Premier League games
  • Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in 11 of their last 14 home matches
  • Eden Hazard has scored three in his last two Premier League games
  • Alvaro Morata returns for Chelsea to aid recent attacking difficulties
  • Eric Bailly returns to solidify United’s defence

Inform your Manchester United vs. Chelsea prediction

Last time out in the Premier League Manchester United succumbed to a 1-0 loss to relegation strugglers Newcastle, with star man Paul Pogba being substituted due to what Jose Mourinho highlighted as ‘tactical changes.’

Their last match at Old Trafford ended in victory over Huddersfield, thanks to an impressive home debut for star signing Alexis Sanchez.

In London, Chelsea had little difficulty defeating West Brom, with Eden Hazard hitting form (and two goals) in what many would call ‘the right time to.’

A difficult spell which included humiliating losses to both Bournemouth and Watford did take the wind out of the Blues’ sails, but the weekend’s comfortable win against Hull may have just settled the ship; albeit slightly.

An impressive albeit disappointing draw against La Liga giants Barcelona in the Champions League was admirable, but overall should have ended in a win if not for a slip up at the back. 

Their away form is much to be desired however so it is no surprise that they come into Sunday’s game at Old Trafford as underdogs.

Two wins, three draws and two losses in their last seven away from home is a long shot from their 2016/17 title-winning form which saw them lose just three times away from Stamford Bridge in the entire Premier League season.

Morata returned to the squad recently and should be in line to at least feature this Sunday, an attacking threat that Chelsea have most certainly missed since his injury; leaning on a piece of Eden Hazard genius too many times.

Manchester United’s defensive pairing Chris Smalling and Phil Jones came rightly under fire against Tottenham with the latter scoring an own goal, so Eric Bailly’s cameo in the Red Devil’s cup triumph against Huddersfield will be music to Jose Mourinho’s ears and the Ivorian may feature against Chelsea.

Manchester United vs. Chelsea odds: Where is the value?

Two sides currently suffering some bad spells of form for their lofty standards, the question will very much be which of the sides turn up at Old Trafford.

If Manchester United’s defensive difficulties are on show as they were against Tottenham, then Chelsea’s -0.25 handicap odds of 3.260* seems to offer value.

Similarly, if Chelsea continue their poor away form this season, then United’s -0.25 handicap odds of 1.847* could be the smart bet.

The home side has not lost any of the last six meetings between the two - winning five and drawing once - so home field advantage looks to play a pivotal role in the fixture.

Whilst there have been under 2.5 goals scored in six of Manchester United’s last seven Premier League games, there have been over 2.5 goals scored in six of Chelsea's last seven.

Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in 11 off their last 14 home games, so I would be leaning towards a low-scoring affair at Old Trafford this Sunday; under 2.5 goals is priced at 1.704*.

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