Can Manchester United claw their way back into the top four hunt?
Considering the Premier League title race has been over for months, the two areas of intrigue remaining are the battle for a Champions League place and the relegation scrap – and it’s the former which comes into play on Monday.
Manchester City’s European ban may blast this year’s Champions League place-race wide open, but the permutations remain the same: this is a must-not-lose for both sides.
My only tip here is Manchester United (draw no bet) to win.
United have won their last two matches at Stamford Bridge, and barring their horrorshow in the first-leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Man City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have generally performed well against their fellow big boys in the league.
Furthermore, Chelsea have only won two home games in the Premier League since early November—against Burnley and Aston Villa—and defeats to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton during this period should give United encouragement.
United are no great shakes on the road, but they’ve still won twice at The Etihad, and a price larger than 2/1 for them to win a third straight game at The Bridge, with the insurance of money back for a draw, is too good to turn down.