Game of the Week of Matchweek 9 will take place at Stamford Bridge, where 3rd placed Chelsea (due to goal difference) will host rivals Manchester United in a fantastic Matchweek 9 matchup. Teams are currently on different paths with Chelsea in the middle of a title race in the EPL and Manchester United struggling to win a match.
Chelsea has been a revelation this season and are currently sharing the 1st place in the EPL with their rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. The Blues are undefeated in their opening 8 matches with 6 wins and only 2 draws. Maurizio Sarri has revived the squad and the likes of Hazard, Willian and Kante are performing at a career level.
On the other hand, Manchester United are in the middle of their worst start in EPL history. The Red Devils are currently in the 8th place in the EPL with 13 points from their opening 8 matches. Manchester United have already lost 3 times to Tottenham, Brighton and West Ham United. The 0-3 defeat by Tottenham at Old Trafford has been particularly painful for the Red Devils, having dominated that rivalry for the better part of the last 2 decades.
I have prepared a short breakdown of the match and some betting predictions, so feel free to read on.
Chelsea vs Manchester United Odds
- Chelsea -141
- Manchester United +350
- Draw +280
- Over 2.5 Goals -101
- Under 2.5 Goals -119
Chelsea vs Manchester United Pick
Chelsea versus Manchester United is a traditional rivalry in the English Premier League. Manchester United and Chelsea are the two most successful clubs in the EPL history with combined 18 EPL titles in 26 seasons (Manchester United have a record 13 titles, while Chelsea has won 5).
Chelsea has been playing well since the beginning of the EPL season and new manager Maurizio Sarri has revitalized a squad that has struggled the previous season in the EPL and finished in the 6th place. Chelsea have started the competition strong and are still undefeated in the EPL with 6 wins and 2 draws in their opening 8 matches. They have excelled at both sides of the pitch, having the 2nd best defense in the EPL and the 3rd best offense. After a terrible year under Antonio Conte, when they seemed lost and done, Chelsea have popped up as a key title contender in the EPL next to Liverpool and Manchester City.
Manchester United, on the other hand, have been the main disappointment of the season, so far. Jose Mourinho’s squad is in the middle of the worst EPL start in Manchester United history and are in the 8th place in the EPL with 13 points from their opening 8 matches. The Red Devils’ defense has been abysmal in that period, allowing 14 goals in those 8 matches. Only 3 clubs have allowed more goals in the EPL in the same period.
Chelsea and Manchester United have met on 180 previous occasions, where Manchester United have been more dominant with 77 wins, Chelsea have won 54 times and on 49 occasions the matches have ended in a draw.
This rivalry has been dominated by a home team in recent history. Chelsea has won 7 out of the last 8 matches against Manchester United that were played at the Stamford Bridge. Manchester United have really struggled at Stamford Bridge versus Chelsea, their last win coming all the way back in 2012.
The rivalry has been notoriously stingy when it comes to goals, with only 2 out of the last 10 matches between the two sides ending up with more than 2.5 goals scored. The matches played at Stamford Bridge have been a bit more efficient, with 4 out of the last 10 matches ending up with more than 2.5 goals scored in them.
Both sides have tremendous offensive potential, with Hazard, Willian and Giroud on the one side and Lukaku, Martial, Sanchez and Pogba on the other side. Both sides are coming off a long rest, as the international break for the League of Nations matches was taking place whole last week and both sides will be fresh for this after a 2-week rest. Both sides should be healthy for this one, with the only injury on the Manchester United side, defender Marcus Rojo, who is still suffering from a knock he took in practice.
I expect both teams to focus on dominating the midfield and controlling the possession. Both sides like to employ their own brand of pressing, used to dispossess the opponent and quickly transition into a counter-attack. Chelsea have much more pace in transition with Hazard and Willian leading the way on the wings. Manchester United’s main scoring threat is Romelu Lukaku, who is an excellent target man.
I can’t pick against recent history at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea’s form this season. I expect Manchester United to play much better in this one, compared to some of their outings this season, but the Blues to prevail in the end. It will be a close match and a low-scoring one at that, but I think that Manchester United’s back four has failed to protect their net all season and trying to do that against Chelsea is a completely different challenge.