After getting back to winning ways in the last week, Manchester United now take on Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Key Stat: Chelsea have won just one of their last six away games in all competitions.
Expert Verdict: After bouncing back from defeat to Tottenham, Manchester United go into this game with restored confidence. Chelsea have not travelled well lately and that could play into United’s favour as they look to put a more consistent streak of results together.
Mason Greenwood, Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani all face late fitness tests but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed all three are in contention for this match. Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard are out injured, while Anthony Martial is still suspended.
Bruno Fernandes – Scored in four of the last five matches, including three goals from the penalty spot, to continue his form in both regards. He did miss a penalty last weekend though.
Marcus Rashford – Goals in the last two goals, combined with his social campaigning have made him a hugely popular figure of late. He also got two assists against Newcastle.
David de Gea – With Dean Henderson pushing for a starting place, the pressure is on the Spanish stopper to get back to his previous heights in goal.
After a crushing 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United have come back well after the international break. Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Aaron-Wan Bissaka and Marcus Rashford were all on target in a 4-1 win at Newcastle last weekend, while Fernandes and Rashford scored again in a 2-1 Champions League victory at PSG in mid-week.
Goalkeeper:David de Gea
Defenders:Aaron Wan Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harru Maguire, Alex Telles
Defensive Midfielders:Scott McTominay, Fred
Attacking Midfielders:Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James
Chelsea have a clean bill of health for this game, with the exception of young midfielder Billy Gilmour – who is due back from his long-term knee injury next month. From the mid-week draw with Sevilla in the Champions League, Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech could both come into the team.
Timo Werner – Scored twice in the 3-3 draw with Southampton last weekend, which should have set the Blues on their way to victory.
Kai Havertz – Added another to his early Chelsea tally against Southampton last weekend too, following up his Carabao Cup hat-trick against Barnsley.
Hakim Ziyech – Another of Chelsea’s new boys hoping to make an attacking impression as he pushes to get back into the starting line-up.
Chelsea have drawn four of their last five matches, losing one in a penalty shoot-out in the Carabao Cup. They won their other match, 4-0 against Crystal Palace. Since the international break, they have drawn 3-3 with Southampton – despite Timo Werner’s doubling putting them 2-0 up and Kai Havertz making it 3-2 in the second-half. Last time out, they drew 0-0 with Sevilla in the Champions League.
Defenders:Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell
Defensive Midfielders:N Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic
Attacking Midfielders:Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech
Manchester United won three times against Chelsea last season, but the Blues had the last laugh with their FA Cup semi-final win when they last met. United started the season with a 4-0 home win, and then won 2-1 in the Carabao Cup. A 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge followed in February but, at Wembley, goals from Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount and a Harry Maguire own goal earned Chelsea victory. Bruno Fernandes netted United’s consolation goal from the penalty spot in a 3-1 defeat. Here are the results of the last five matches:
Jul 19, 2020: Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea
Feb 17, 2020: Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United
Oct 30, 2019: Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United
Aug 11, 2019: Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea
Apr 28, 2019: Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
Going into the international break, United had slumped to another low point after their 6-1 pasting at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
Former Chelsea and United boss Jose Mourinho stunned his former team as they succumbed to a heavy defeat that continued another inconsistent start to the season.
They have bounced back well, however, with wins against Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain and should go into this home game with renewed confidence.
Bruno Fernandes is scoring goals again, many of them penalties, and Marcus Rashford is combining his social campaigning with some resurgent form on the pitch too.
Chelsea have their own in-form attacking players – Timo Werner scoring twice last weekend and fellow new signing Kai Havertz netting against too.
Add Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic to the mix and it is a formidable attack, but they did draw a blank against Sevilla in mid-week.
Defensively, they kept a clean sheet in mid-week, but have conceded three times against both West Brom and Southampton already this season.
That is where United need to take advantage, and with new signing Edinson Cavani possibly in contention too, they will be hopeful of having the firepower to make the difference.
Manchester United are favourites for this game but can still be backed at 11/8 to win with Bet365 and Betway.
Both teams have some top attacking players on show and both teams to score has been set at 18/35 with 10Bet.
At the other end, both have defensive concerns still too, and over 2.5 goals will return 8/13 with Bet365, 888sport and Betway.
Bruno Fernandes is a best price of 37/20 to score at any time with 888sport and worth backing given his penalty record too.
Manchester United have got back to winning ways and Chelsea’s recent form shows a lack of consistency that could cost them again.