Probably the most interesting match of the 36th round of the Premier League is the one taking place at the Old Trafford on Sunday evening. Manchester United play against Chelsea in what could be labeled as a battle for the Champions League. If you are looking for Manchester United vs Chelsea prediction and betting tips, you are at the right place. So, let’s start the discussion by talking about the home of the home side!
Before the start of the round, the Red Devils were at the 6th place, which isn’t bad, but considering how much money the club owners have invested, they would definitely love their team to finish among top 4. That would mean getting a spot in the Champions League, something which brings along a lot of money, as well as a lot of fame. The thing is that high-profile players are unlikely to want to sign for a team that doesn’t play in the elite Euro competition, even if the salary is really high.
So, they definitely won’t lack any motivation to win all the remaining matches. But, what about their quality? Beating Chelsea on Sunday would get them one big step closer to achieving their goal, but not everyone is sure they got what it takes to win all three points. We saw in the previous round that they just can’t keep up with top-level clubs such as Man City. They lost 2:0 at home.
And that was just one of three Premier League defeats they experienced in the last four rounds. Plus, they also got defeated by Barcelona on two occasions in the Champions League earlier this month. Still, this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the underdog here. In order to give a valuable Manchester United vs Chelsea prediction, we also need to see what tricks Chelsea have up their sleeve.
The Blues are in a better form than the Red Devils, but they’ve also been far from impressive. In the previous Premier League round, they played 2:2 with Burnley at home, while they lost to Liverpool a game before that. On the bright side, they did qualify for the semifinal of the Europe League. But, considering that they play the first leg of the doubleheader with Eintracht Frankfurt, their minds might already be set on that duel.
Of course, the Premier League needs to be their focus, especially because they have a good chance to get a ticket to the Champions League next season. They’re currently at the 4th spot with one point more than Arsenal and three points more than their next opponent, Manchester United. If they happen to win on Sunday, they would get very close to securing the Champions League spot, but even a draw wouldn’t be too bad.
Before we go to the Manchester United vs Chelsea betting tips, we still need to talk about the latest injury news from both squads, as well as see which first eleven are the managers of these two teams going to pick for the Sunday’s clash.
Manchester United absentees:
- Antonio Valencia (injury)
- Eric Bailly (doubtful)
- Ander Herrera (doubtful)
- Phil Jones (doubtful)
- Antonio Rudiger (injury)
- Marcos Alonso (doubtful)
De Gea – Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Shaw – Matic, Pogba, Fred – Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku
Kepa – Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Emerson – Kante, Jorginho, Barkley – Pedro, Hazard, Higuain
Manchester United vs Chelsea Prediction
I don’t think anything can separate these two in terms of player quality. Chelsea might be in a better form, but Man United are playing at home. All this makes me think we’ll see a draw here.