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First takes on third in a classic EPL clash

Last updated: August 9, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:30
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: Sky Sports
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Last Meeting: Man Utd 1 – 1 Chelsea
Competition: EPL

The Premier League is back. After two months being starved of our beloved top-tier, football returns to the English pastures. The standout game of the opening weekend is undoubdetably the Old Trafford clash between United and Chelsea. A fascinating fixture in many regards, with new players and a new manager, this looks set to be a classic.

Predicting the outcome of a match between Manchester United and Chelsea is always particularly difficult. Both teams are relatively similar in strength, and without any form to go off except the relatively irrelevant pre-season friendlies, a clear favourite is not at all obvious. Looking objectively at the fixture we can ascertain Manchester United having a slight advantage. Riled up by two fantastic signings that will surely bolster their defence, they look to be the slight favourite going into this match. Moreover, the loss of Eden Hazard in the summer will drastically reduce the goal-scoring threat of Chelsea. Going forward, Man Utd offer the same as last season, and the fans at Old Trafford will certainly be expecting a lot more this season from the star attackers Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard.

Frank Lampard has put in match-winning performances at Old Trafford as a player in previous years. After a succesful season managing Derby County he will be hoping to ignite a new playing style in his squad and bring back some of the glory Chelsea have enjoyed in the past decade. With Champions League qualification being a minimum requirement of both teams this season, one can expect this game to be intense, balanced, and very tactical.


Team News

When playing at home, Man Utd have not lost against Chelsea in their last 6 encounters.

The new defense of Man Utd including Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are expected to start.

Chelsea have a new manager, Frank Lampard, a club legend has a tough first match in the Premier League.

Eden Hazard has left and Christain Pulisic is in. The American certainly has big shoes to fill in his role as a Chelsea winger.


Expected Line-Ups:

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Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea, Young, Smalling, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, McTominay, Fred, Martial, Rashford, Sanchez
Subs: Valencia, Mata, Gomes, Greenwood, Lingard, Garner, Romero
Injured:
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic, Pedro, Abraham
Subs: Barkley, Giroud, Caballero, Kovacic, Kenedy, Willian, Zappacosta
Injured:
Doubtful:
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Man Utd This Season Chelsea This Season
League Position
Wins (away)
Biggest Win
Draws (away)
Biggest Defeat
Top Goal Scorer
Discipline
Failures to Score
Clean Sheets
Both Teams to Score Games
Over 2.5 Goals
Under 2.5 Goals
  • Chelsea will be looking to impose themselves early in this game, and play their possession-based game.
  • The Lampard strategy relies on the fluidity of the front three attacking players, and a strong trio in the centre of the pitch.
  • Manchester United have spent heavily on their defence and will be hoping for an immediate return on investment by keeping a clean sheet.
  • Both teams have played well in pre-season and beaten the likes of Barcelona and Tottenham respectively, and will be hoping to carry this form into the beginning of the Premier League campaign.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
28/04/2019 EPL Man Utd 1 – 1 Chelsea Mata 11′
18/02/2019 FA Cup Chelsea 0 – 2 Man Utd Herrera 31′
20/10/2018 EPL Chelsea 2 – 2 Man Utd Rudiger 21′
19/05/2018 FA Cup Final Chelsea 1 – 0 Man Utd Hazard 22’
25/02/2018 EPL Man Utd 2 – 1 Chelsea Willian 32’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

This is a tough game to call. Manchester United look stronger on paper with a new defence and a very formidable midfield led by Pogba, they should be able to take a victory in front of their home crowd. Take Manchester United to win at 5/4 with Ladbrokes.