Chelsea v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 14, 2019
Stamford Bridge - FA Cup
Chelsea host Manchester United in the glamour tie of the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, in a rerun of last year's final, where the Blues came out on top.
The game ended 2-2 when these two sides met at Stamford Bridge in Premier League action, with Ross Barkley netting a last minute equaliser.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have won just one of their last four meetings with Chelsea in league and cup action.
Chelsea will be able to welcome back rising star Callum Hudson-Odoi into their side following an injury, with club captain Gary Cahill also in line for a potential start after a long lay off.
United will be without Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial after the were both forced off during their Champions League clash with PSG. They join long term absentees Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo on the treatment table at Old Trafford.
Chelsea v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Maurizio Sarri's side have been wildly inconsistent in recent weeks, following a 5-0 win at home to Huddersfield with a 6-0 defeat away at Manchester City. The Blues are out of the running to win the Premier League title, and the cup competitions are their only chance of silverware this season.
United were rocked by their Champions League defeat to PSG, as they were unable to react to the French side's pressure, as Solskjaer slipped to his first defeat as United boss. Just like Chelsea, United are some distance away from a league challenge this season, and a cup run will be needed to extend Solskjaer's tenure as manager.
With plenty of pressure on this fixture it could be a classic -and a with that in mind, an over 2.5 total goals scored bet is available at 4/5. And with key absences for United and home advantage tipping the contest in Chelsea's favour, this clash looks to be heading towards Sarri's side - with a home win at 11/10.
Chelsea to win 2-1 at 15/2
Sarri is need of a real boost in order to ease the pressure he is under, and he will be demanding a reaction from his players in this game. United have improved significantly under Solskjaer, but their focus is on the Premier League and resurrecting their European dream in Paris.
Gonzalo Higuain to score anytime at 11/8
The Argentina international scored twice in the win over Huddersfield, and Sarri is likely to start the on loan striker to continue his adaptation to the English game. A goal in this game, particularly a winning one, could kick start his time at the club until end of the of the season.