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Premier League: Chelsea vs Manchester United preview

Kick-off: Sunday, 7 February @16:00 GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge (London)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

  • Manchester United vs Chelsea 0-0 (2015/2016 Premier League)
  • Chelsea vs Manchester United 1-0 (2014/2015 Premier League)
  • Manchester United vs Chelsea 1-1 (2014/2015 Premier League)
  • Chelsea vs Manchester United 3-1 (2013/2014 Premier League)
  • Manchester United vs Chelsea 0-0 (2013/2014 Premier League)

Chelsea vs Manchester United prediction

All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge when Chelsea and Manchester United take on each other on day 265 of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Red Devils aim to rejoin the race for the domestic trophy, but Sunday’s clash in London will be anything but a walk in the park for Louis van Gaal’s troops.

Blues unbeaten under Hiddink

Chelsea have been impressive at the back of late. After recording a hard-fought 1-0 win over Arsenal in the London derby, the Blues played out a goalless draw with Watford at Vicarage Road Stadium. Guus Hiddink’s men extended their unbeaten run to ten games in all competitions, but they remained in the bottom half of the table. Chelsea, though, are just 11 points behind fifth-placed Manchester United and they could melt the Red Devils’ advantage to just eight points on Sunday. The Blues will use games against Man Utd and Newcastle as good tests for the Champions League clash against Chelsea and no doubt, the capital club are fully focused on recording a good result in the elite competition. The good news for the fans is that Willian has overcome his injury and, no doubt, the opposition defenders could find it hard to contain the Brazilian winger.

Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are both sidelined with injury, but winger Pedro should recover in time to face Manchester United. Eden Hazzard is likely to be recalled to the starting XI.

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Impressive win over Stoke

Manchester United did well to beat their fierce rivals Liverpool at Anfield on 17 January, but coach Louis van Gaal then saw his men slip to a 1-0 loss to Southampton. Charlie Austin spoiled Man Utd’s party at Old Trafford, but the English giants quickly recovered from the defeat. The Red Devils outplayed Derby County in the FA Cup, while recording a routine win over Stoke City in midweek and their fresh confidence will be tested in Sunday’s derby against Chelsea. Wayne Rooney has found his scoring boots of late, meaning that the opposition defenders should have the Man Utd captain at bay this time out. Louis van Gaal’s troops are just five points behind the Champions League places, meaning that Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge is of big importance for the big-spending team. Anthony Martial impressed in the win over Stoke as well (one goal, one assist) and he will be yet another man to watch in the away team.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw remain in the treatment room. Matteo Darmian returned to contention against Stoke and he is likely to keep his place in the starting XI.

Quick Facts

  • Chelsea aim to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games
  • Blues scored 2+ goals in each of their last six home games
  • Manchester United are eyeing their third consecutive win on the road
  • Red Devils managed to keep two clean sheets in last three league matches
  • Man Utd failed to beat Chelsea in previous nine meetings between the two teams

Chelsea vs Manchester United betting tip

The two teams played out a goalless draw at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture, but it has to be noted that both sides missed a number of clear-cut chances to score back then. Taking into account that both Blues and Red Devils will go for a win in Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge, there is every chance we will see a high-scoring affair this time out. In their last meeting in London Chelsea recorded a 1-0 win over Man Utd, with Eden Hazard scoring the winner for the capital club.

Tip: Both teams to score

Odds: 2.00 (1/1) @bet365

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