It’s the Reds versus the Blues as Chelsea head to Old Trafford

Last updated: October 21, 2020 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 17:30
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WLWLW
Away Form: WLDWD
Last Meeting: Man United 1 – 3 Chelsea
Competition: Premier League

The Red Devils collected all six points from Frank Lampard’s side lasts season, and they will now face a reinforced Blue’s attack that will be out for revenge. An even encounter as both sides look unsettled at the back but look great going forward.

Ole Gunnar Solskjear’s men were humiliated 6 – 1 by Spurs before the international break. A defeat made worse as it was at the hands of José Mourinho who managed the club for two years from 2016-18. The Portuguese manager couldn’t resist smirking as his Tottenham team slaughtered his former team, and gently massaged his ego.

The writing looked like it could be on the wall for Ole, but his team bounced back well over the weekend beating, Newcastle 4 – 1 in a match that they played exceptionally well to come from behind and win.

Luke Shaw opened the scoring, putting the ball in his own net for the Geordies, but surprise scorer Harry Maguire redeemed himself after a turbulent time for club and country by heading in the equaliser from a corner kick. Soon after, a penalty was awarded to Manchester, and with Bruno Fernandes taking the kick, you expected nothing but a goal. However, for the first time in his Manchester United career, the Portuguese sensation missed from 12 yards, with Karl Dunlow in goal having the accolade of the first goalkeeper he hasn’t beaten from the spot in the Premier League.

Bruno made amends in the 86th minute, scoring the goal to give his team the edge. United tied up the win in the 90th minute with a stunning strike from defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a goal that probably surprised the defender as much as supporters watching at home. Marcus Rashford MBE, sealed a comprehensive win for the United of Manchester in the 96th minute, rounding off a performance that had an essence of former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

United was in action in midweek, a daunting trip to Paris to face PSG and pre-match social media doubted Ole’s team selection. New signing Edinson Cavani was left out, surprising as the former PSG man would have loved to have faced his old club. Despite this, United produced an excellent team performance and beat the Parisians 2-1 in United’s first Champions League game in two years.

Chelsea’s manager Frank Lampard looks like the kid in the park with all the big toys but has the least fun. For a side that conceded 54 goals last season, more than any other side in the top 10, you would expect them to spend heavily on defence. However, Chelsea’s tactic was to boost their attack. The only defensive reinforcement was a free transfer for 36-year old Thiago Silva.

This tactic has already cost the Blues, giving away a comfortable 2 – 0 lead at Stamford Bridge in their last Premier League game. A first-half Timo Werner double set in place what looked like a routine win for Chelsea, but defensive errors cost Lampard’s team dear. Havertz lost possession for the first goal, Kurt Zouma’s weak back-pass for the often maligned Kepa led to the second, and despite Havertz making up for his mistake with a goal in the 59th minute, Kepa’s a poor attempted clearance allowed Jannik Vestergaard to head home in the 92nd minute to claim an unlikely point for Southampton.

Like United, Chelsea was also in Champions League action on Tuesday. This time the defence was much more solid, and Edouard Mendy produced a great display which staked his claim to be Chelsea’s number 1 and denied Europa League holders Sevilla anything more than a point in a 0-0 draw. Defensively, this is a huge positive for Lampard heading into the Old Trafford clash. The only concern is after spending £200m+ on attacking reinforcements, is that this game lacked a goal.

Team News

Manchester United scored three late goals in the last 4 minutes to triumph 4 – 1 in a vintage performance against Newcastle that had Alex Ferguson fingerprints in it.

Pogba, Beek, and Fernandez look like a fantastic threesome that Ole Gunnar has to find a system to get the best out of them after brilliant campaigns with their national teams.

Chelsea has so far had two 3 – 3 draws coming from three goals up to draw against West Bromwich.

Lack of reinforcement in the defence leaves Chelsea imbalanced with great options in attack but lacking in defence.

Expected Line-Ups:

Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindeloef, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, Fernandez, Rashford, Cavani
Subs: Greenwood, Henderson, Tuanzebe, Fred, Rojo, Mata, Lingard, Bailly, Dalot, McTominay, Matic, Beek
Injured: Jones
Not available:
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Arrizabalaga, Azpiliqueta, Zouma, Christensen, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Havertz, Pulisic, Werner
Subs: Caballero, Barkley, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Emerson, Abraham, Tomori, Kovacic, Alonso, Ziyech
Injured: Gilmour, Mendy
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Man U This Season Chelsea This Season
15th League Position 8th
2 (2) Wins (away) 2 (1)
4 – 1 v Newcastle Biggest Win 4 – 0 v Crystal Palace
0 (0) Draws (away) 2 (1)
1 – 6 v Spurs Biggest Defeat 0 – 2 v Liverpool
Fernandes (3) Top Goal Scorer Jorginho (3)
Y7, R1 Discipline Y7, R1
0 Failures to Score 1
0% Clean Sheets 20%
100% Both Teams to Score Games 60%
100% Over 2.5 Goals 80%
0% Under 2.5 Goals 20%
  • The two sides have met 56 times; The Red Devils have triumphed 17 times against Chelsea’s 18 wins with 21 draws between them.
  • United have an average of 2.25 goals per match, while Chelsea has an average of 2.6 goals scored.
  • Two great attacking sides with poor defensive records go head to head. The Blues have conceded three goals twice already, United have conceded six goals in a single match and are yet to keep a clean sheet in four games.
  • A high scoring match with both sides set to show off the new attacking options with Cavani set to feature while Ziyech could make a full debut joining Havertz, Werner, and Pulisic in the attack.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
19/07/2020 FA Cup Man U 1 – 3 Chelsea Rashford 25’
17/02/2020 EPL Chelsea 0 – 2 Man U Martial 45’
30/10/2019 League Cup Chelsea 1 – 2 Man U Giroud 45’
11/08/2019 EPL Man U 4 – 0 Chelsea Rashford 18’
28/04/2019 EPL Man U 1 – 1 Chelsea Mata 11’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

For United fans, the team selection in the excellent 2-1 win against PSG was baffling. There was no place, even on the bench, for Edinson Cavani who would surely have fancied his chances against his former club. This fact aside, except for the unlucky own goal scored by the unfortunate Anthony Martial, United looked uncharacteristically strong at the back. Axel Tuanzebe, playing his first game of the year, looked strong and took the man-of-the-match. David de Gea also made some great saves after coming under fire recently.

You cannot help but think that Chelsea is in transition at the moment, not surprising with the number of new players they have amassed in the transfer window. They look incredibly strong upfront, and you feel it’s only a matter of time before the team gell and someone is going to get a good hiding. The defence is still an issue, but a mature display against Sevilla shows this is an area they have worked on.

We are going for a Manchester United win here. You feel this Manchester United team have the quality but lack confidence, but wins against Newcastle and Champions League finalist PSG will boost the side. Chelsea is full of amazing players; they just need longer to become what we all expect they will be. A United win is available @ 7/5 with bet365.