Chelsea v Man Utd Tips & Betting Preview

Manchester United hope to bounce back after their European disappointment.

Ryan Elliott
Fri, 15 Feb, 3:41 PM

In a repeat of last year’s FA Cup final, Manchester United and Chelsea face-off in a mouth-watering Tuesday morning clash.

 

Both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Maurizio Sarri have plenty to ponder ahead of this one. Solskjaer, who tasted defeat as United boss for the first time on Tuesday against an excellent PSG side, will be desperate to return to winning ways against Chelsea. The injuries to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are big blows, but with the plethora of attaching talent still at United’s disposal, fans will be hoping it’s not too damaging.

 

Chelsea are still a bit of a basket case; a 2-1 win against Malmo in the Europa League won’t change that fact, and a poor result against United will pile the pressure right back onto Sarri. Their showings against Arsenal, Bournemouth and Manchester City were nothing short of a disgrace, making this one very, very hard to call.

 

United haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2012, and while you could argue this is their best chance to finally win there (being 2-1 up after 95 minutes earlier this season was also a fairly good opportunity), these things do dwell on players’ minds.

 

Instead of backing a result – which is arguably a coin toss – I’m going for under 2.5 goals. Just 46% of Chelsea’s league home matches have seen over 2.5 goals, and I can see this one being pretty cagey.

 

United’s defence has certainly improved since Solskjaer’s arrival, but with two of their key attacking threats ruled out, they may find goals slightly harder to come by.

Eden Hazard’s head has quite clearly been turned by Real Madrid, and apart from that goal blitz at the start of the season, I’ve not been particularly impressed with him this season.

 

That said, I do think he’ll score on Tuesday.

 

You can be sure Sarri won’t rest him against United, and $2.65 for Chelsea’s best player to score in such a high-stakes game looks like good value.

For a longshot, I’m backing Marcos Alonso to receive the first card of the match.

 

Despite his horrific performance against Manchester City last weekend, Emerson’s inclusion in Chelsea’s line-up against Malmo suggests the Spaniard will be starting against United.

 

No Chelsea player has received more yellow cards in the Premier League than Alonso (5), and with three yellows against United in his nine appearances against them, $11 is made to look rather tempting.  

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