Manchester United v Chelsea Predictions and Betting Tips
April 12, 2017
Sunday April 16 – Old Trafford – Premier League
Antonio Conte schooled Jose Mourinho in the first meeting between the Premier League giants this season, so revenge will be on the Portuguese coach’s mind. However, Manchester United’s troubles in front of goal coupled with Chelsea’s defensive prowess spells disaster once again.
Chelsea have been utterly dominant in this fixture, unbeaten in their last 12 against Manchester United, winning six. The first meeting between the two this season ended in a 4-0 demolition for the away side, so confidence will be sky high. The Red Devils hold historical advantage however, winning 63 of their 158 meetings to Chelsea’s 50.
Wayne Rooney should be fit again for the hosts as he returns from an ankle injury, and they may need their record scorer as David De Gea and Antonio Valencia are major doubts and Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and Ashley Young are guaranteed to miss Sunday’s game.
Antonio Conte has a full squad to choose from, so his 3-4-3 system is certain to remain in-tact. Diego Costa’s abject recent performances means he could be dropped for Michy Batshuayi who hasn’t been afforded many chances this season. N’Golo Kante is certain to start in the centre, and will likely be partnered by Cesc Fabregas to add extra firepower.
Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview and Predictions
Once the biggest game in the Premier League season, Chelsea’s dominance has put worlds between the two clubs and they find themselves favourites at 15/8. The Blues have been by far and away the best side in the league this season, while Manchester United, despite amassing an impressive unbeaten run, have performed like defensive underdogs, even against relegation candidates.
The home side are priced at 9/5 for the win, and Liverpool’s recent comeback against Stoke has piled all the pressure on Jose Mourinho to produce a result against his former club. But despite hosting stellar names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, United’s deep defensive system is more likely to return a draw, which can be found at odds of 23/10.
Arsenal’s struggles are currently the only think keeping Manchester United in the race for a Champions League spot, and their old enemies’ demise could prove to be a motivator, but Chelsea are a side that are simply too good to be blown away by determination. Despite their status as a super club and their seemingly endless transfer kitty, United are heavy underdogs and it will be nothing short of a miracle if they oust the Blues on Sunday.
Ibrahimovic is favourite to open the scoring at 4/1 but this should be avoided as United won’t press high enough to get the chance to score first. Diego Costa’s recent horror show also makes him a risk at 9/2, so Eden Hazard becomes the obvious choice at 13/2. The Belgian winger has taken on Didier Drogba’s role of scoring in important games, and Manchester United will be no exception.
Chelsea to win 2-0 at 13/1
The home side defend so deep that it is hard to create golden opportunities, but with even Marcos Alonso at left back known for his long shot prowess, the Blues will find a way.
Pedro to score any time at 3/1
Part of both Barcelona sides to beat Manchester United in Champions League finals, the diminutive Spaniard knows his way around a deep defence. Pedro has been one of Conte’s main success stories this season, while he also scored the fastest goal of this Premier League season, and that goal came against Sunday’s opponents.