Tip Chelsea - Manchester United FC
One of the most anticipated matches in the 26th round in the Premier League will see Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea go to this game on 43 points, placed fifth, while United have 49 points, in second place. The Blues have warmed up well to new manager Thomas Tuchel and he is unbeaten in eight matches since arriving at Stamford Bridge. They are coming from an impressive performance against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, Olivier Giroud having grabbed the winner there. This is the team’s best chance to leap back into the top four as they are just two points out and the fourth placed side faces Manchester City. The Blues are unbeaten in their last nine matches, winning seven and the stability the manager has brought, is working well in defence too. Chelsea have three clean sheets in the last four matches and are unbeaten in their last six league matches, winning four and keeping four clean sheets. They have scored eight and conceded just two in their last five league matches, while at home, they have three straight clean sheets and two wins in the league. In the 12 home matches played this season, in the league, Chelsea have managed six wins and lost two.
Manchester United are coming from a 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad in the Europa League and hope to bag three points here to push on with their own title ambitions. They’re 10 points behind league leaders Manchester City and after rotating their squad for the midweek game will be hoping for a return to winning ways. At some point, United rose to the top of the league but stumbled in the matches that came afterwards, which is why they find themselves 10 points below City. They have two wins in their last six matches and have been let down by draws against Arsenal, Everton and West Bromwich Albion in their last five league matches. If United are to get maximum gains from this game, then Bruno Fernandes has to be effective, and he was rested at half time against Sociedad, perhaps for that effect. The Portuguese midfielder has scored four goals in the last four league matches. Apart from ensuring Fernandes works well, the defensive output must also be checked, with the team having conceded in the last three league games. Playing away from home has been United’s strong point and as they head to London, they are unbeaten in 19 away matches in the league. They’ve won eight of their 12 away league matches this season.
Key points Chelsea - Manchester United FC
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last nine matches.
Manchester United have three draws in the last four away matches.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 19 away league matches.
Chelsea have six wins in the last 12 home league matches.
Chelsea have four clean sheets in the last six league matches.
Conclusion Chelsea - Manchester United FC
Thomas Tuchel’s time at Chelsea has so far been highlighted by stability in defence and a sharper attack. They are unbeaten in eight matches under the German and after the win in Spain, will be fired up for this one. But they will find a good Manchester United too, who have a very good away run, especially in the league. A Go for a draw here.
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Chelsea Manchester United FC Prediction published on February 26, 2021