STAR PREVIEW Man U v Chelsea

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first_imgThe race for the top four seems to be the one that no team can win. In the last week all of Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have dropped points and now the last two meet in another mega big-six encounter.Manchester United fans had a conflicting experience in midweek, where City were too good in the Derby. That would normally be a crushing experience for fans of the Red Devils, but the likely denial of a first Premier League title for Liverpool could soften that blow. Another defeat here, however, would cap an extremely flat ending to the season.Chelsea are in the semi-finals of the Europa League, and still have a chance of that and taking a top four spot, although they blew an opportunity to take control of the race against Burnley in midweek with a 2-2 draw.That said, Maurizio Sarri is in a better position than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as we speak. Chelsea have been playing decent football for the past few weeks and scoring plenty of goals, even if they have relied a huge amount on Eden Hazard. Gonzalo Higuain has struggled for goals, but the belting goal he smashed in on Monday should help his confidence.Hazard was once again outstanding in turning back an initial Burnley advantage on Tuesday and linked well with a more free flowing N’Golo Kante, and both of them will look to take advantage of any United gaps in midfield too. The loss of Callum Hudson-Odoi after he ruptured his tendon but Reuben Loftus-Cheek has been one of Chelsea’s better attacking influences lately.Man Utd v ChelseaPremier League16:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches, past 10 years)FEB 2019 FA CUP Chelsea 0-2 Manchester UnitedOCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-2 Manchester UnitedMAY 2018 FA CUP Chelsea 1-0 Manchester UnitedFEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 ChelseaNOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-0 Manchester UnitedAPR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-0 ChelseaMAR 2017 FA CUP Chelsea 1-0 Manchester UnitedOCT 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 4-0 Manchester UnitedFEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 Manchester UnitedDEC 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-0 ChelseaUnited were outmatched by City in midweek, although they should have had a goal with Jesse Lingard air kicking an open net, and they ought to get more chances against a Chelsea side which has made a fair few defensive errors in the past week too. Indeed, Ederson had to be very sharp to prevent United taking the lead Marcus Rashford’s pace will be aimed at David Luiz, and if the high press that United have employed works – and they have had some success with it – then there’ll be chances for them to finally get another goal from open play.Their Manchester Derby defeat was a seventh in nine games since Solskjaer took the job and whist it was an improvement on the truly abject showing at Everton, there’s no reason to take 13/8 on them. Indeed 17/10 on Chelsea is fairly tempting, but backing goals is a far more appealing bet than trusting either side.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS 5 pts at 5/6 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 280.92 points(excluding Premier League ante-post, RBC Heritage)last_img

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