Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview
The Premier League is back in action with a midweek round of matches. One clash that will excite even the neutral fans is the game between Manchester United and Chelsea on Wednesday, December 6. The kick-off is scheduled for 8:15 local time.
One thing to consider in our Manchester United vs Chelsea prediction is the form of the two teams. Although neither side has been impeccable in recent weeks, Erik ten Hag’s men appear to be at a disadvantage in this regard whereas the Blues are coming after a win over a solid Brighton side at home.
Manchester United Preview
Since returning from the international break, Man United have beaten Everton, drew with Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League, and lost to Newcastle United on the road last weekend. With 24 points after 14 games, the Red Devils are seventh in the Premier League.
The hosts’ poor start to the 2023/24 campaign is partially explained by the abundance of injuries, which should be taken into account in the Manchester United vs Chelsea tips. Among others, Ten Hag will miss regular starters Casemiro, Mason Mount, Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen on Wednesday. Jadon Sancho remains separated from the squad for disciplinary reasons.
As they do not take part in European competitions, Chelsea’s results since the international break include the away loss to Newcastle United and the home win over Brighton. The Blues are currently placed 10th with 19 points after 14 matches.
We should also mention the impressive results by Mauricio Pochettino’s team before the break, namely the 4-4 draw with Manchester City and the 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Those considered, it would be reasonable to say that the visitors are approaching the match at Old Trafford in better form.
Chelsea remain without the likes of Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Christopher Nkunku and others through injuries. Connor Gallagher is suspended after being sent off on the weekend. However, their bigger squad means that the injuries will have a smaller impact on the Manchester United vs Chelsea odds.
Betting Tips Manchester United vs Chelsea
Both teams to score? Yes
To begin our Manchester United vs Chelsea prediction, we should point out that neither team is too good in defence. The Red Devils have conceded 17 goals in 14 matches and are the only team in the top half of the table with a negative goal difference (-1). Chelsea, meanwhile, have conceded 22 goals but boast a positive goal difference, having netted 25 times.
Thus, we expect both teams to score in the match at Old Trafford. Bet365 offers 1.53 odds on it happening.
Man United have kept two clean sheets in the last five matches but those clean sheets came against the fairly defensive Everton and Luton Town. As for the Blues, their only clean sheet in the last five matches was against second-tier Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Cup. Moreover, there has been just one clean sheet in the last five head-to-head matches between the two.
Over 2.5 goals
Building up on the previous Manchester United vs Chelsea tips, we do not expect that the game will end in a 1-1 draw. Instead, we predict at least three goals on Wednesday, with Bet365’s odds on over 2.5 goals standing at 1.65.
The main source of inspiration here is Chelsea’s recent form. as their last four matches include the 3-2 win over Brighton, 4-1 loss to Newcastle United, 4-4 draw with Manchester City and 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. The last time there were under three goals in a Chelsea match was the 2-0 victory over Blackburn on November 2.
Man United can be a goal-happy team too, as shown by their 3-3 draw with Galatasaray, 3-0 win over Everton and 4-3 loss to FC Copenhagen. Since both teams struggle with defensive security, it is no surprise that their recent performances have been marked by so many goals.
Over 5.5 cards
Goals aside, what we also expect in the match between Man United and Chelsea is a lot of fouls and a lot of yellow cards. Both teams like to push high with their pressing and will not refrain from fouling the rival if it is required to stop a breakthrough.
This approach has brought the Red Devils eight total cards in the last five matches. For the Blues, this figure is much higher – 20 cards in the same number of games.
If we were to predict the scenario of the match at Old Trafford, the hosts will most likely try to control the ball from the get-go while Pochettino will instruct his team to press relentlessly and look for quick, vertical attacks. It is almost a given that Chelsea will commit a high number of fouls, but we also expect this tactic to provoke a retribution from Man United, resulting in quite a few bookings. Bet365’s odds on over 5.5 cards are at 1.83.
Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Manchester United vs Chelsea tips are suggestions, not a call to action. Alway rely on your own judgement in the end.