Big Game Focus: Chelsea v Manchester United


Chelsea continue with their defence of the FA Cup when they host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Monday with a place in the quarter-final at stake. You can bet on this game here.

Chelsea are still recovering from that humiliating 6-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League a week ago. The Blues bounced back a few days later claiming a 2-1 away win against Malmo in the Europa League Round of 32. The home side defeated Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday to reach the fifth round.

Manchester United’s incredible run under Ole Gunnar Solkjaer sadly came to an end at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League Round of 16 at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have a dreadful record at Stamford Bridge and will aim to banish that unwanted record.

Another epic clash is expected between these two giants of English football.

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Chelsea have won five games in a row at home, scoring 14 goals and conceding only two in all competitions. Moreover, United have a poor record at Stamford Bridge. They have not won in their last nine visits and have recorded only two victories in their 22 visits at Chelsea. Therefore, you can back a Home Win at odds of 1.90.

Manchester United have scored in all of their away matches in all competitions this season. Chelsea have a solid record on their ground. They have only failed to score at home twice against Leicester and Southampton. So you can back Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.65.

Paul Pogba was poor against PSG and got sent off. However, the Frenchman has endured some sort of rejuvenation since Solkjaer took over. He’s scored 11 goals and assisted eight more in the Premier League. So you can back Paul Pogba as Anytime Goalscorer at odds 3.05.

Team news

Maurizio Sarri is expected to recall Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain who were named as substitutes in Thursday’s win at Malmo. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Gary Cahill are the only missing players for Chelsea.

United were dealt a big blow when Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial went out in the first half against PSG. Solkjaer revealed that two are now most likely to miss the next two matches. Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are United’s only absentees.

Possible Line-ups

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Willian, Higuain, Hazard

Manchester United: Romero; Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Alexis, Lukaku, Rashford