Chelsea vs Manchester United
England – FA Cup
Date: Monday, 18th February 2019
Kick-off at 19.30 UK/ 20.30 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Okay, let’s be honest. Both of them are not even going to get a peek at the Premier League title this season. The Blues may have a chance at securing the Europa, but it’d be really a gamble to put all your eggs in one basket.
In the League Cup Final, they are pitted against Manchester City and let’s skip what happened the last time they took on Pep Guardiola’s men. “Cough, 6-0 cough!!!!”.
Coming to the Red Devils, they really can’t get a break, can they? It seemed like the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær was the masterstroke the fans were waiting for, ever since Sir Alex left Old Trafford.
After eleven unbeaten games on the trot, ten of them wins, they hosted Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and had the bookies rallying behind them. But Kylian Mbappe (that damn kid) played spoilsport.
The visitors won the first leg of the Round of 16 tie with a 2-0 scoreline, and importantly have two away goals in their kitty. It’s most probably, bye bye birdie for the Devils from Europe.
The Stamford Bridge Blues, meanwhile, after their envious unbeaten run at the start of the season, under Maurizio Sarri, has regressed back to old ways. The team is approaching a period of uncertainty with news of the manager losing the dressing room and talisman Eden Hazard wanting to leave the team, making rounds.
Chelsea vs Manchester United Head-to-head (h2h)
- 11 of the last 15 games had under 2.5 goals.
- 10 of the last 15 matches failed to have both teams on the scorecard.
- Five of the last seven ties at the Stamford Bridge had fewer than three goals.
- Four of the last five fixtures at this venue had just one team finding the back of the net.
- Three of the last four meetings at this stadium had just a single goal each.
Chelsea vs Manchester United Prediction
For both these squads, the FA Cup is a shot at redemption, and an opportunity to save face in front of their fans, at the end of the season. On top of that, a win against one of the top-six will be hugely attractive to put in their resume for 2018-19. Be absolutely sure that either will vehemently prioritize this game.
Under no circumstance will they resort to risky tactics, and will play it safe, trying to exploit the other’s mistakes. Both teams have been dealt harsh reality checks and are under no illusion about how in form they are right now.
Moreover, the recent meetings between these teams have displayed a trend of returning minimal scores. Eleven of the last fifteen encounters between the teams had under 2.5 goals. And so did five of the last seven meetings at this venue. Even convincing is the fact that three of the last four h2h games at this stadium returned just one goal each.
I tip a thrilling encounter between two powerhouses of English Football, where the backlines will be heavily in play. Expect a goalless first half for the game, which will lead to even more of a nervous latter half.
Chelsea vs Manchester United Betting Tips
Half Time Result: Draw @ 2.20 (6/5)
Both teams to Score in the second half @ 3.25 (9/4).
Correct Full-Time Score: 1-1 @ 7.50 (13/2).