Chelsea are vulnerable at the back
Manchester United know Chelsea’s current defensive predicament well, having employed a similar tactic at the start of Louis van Gaal’s reign two years ago to the one Antonio Conte is now using; there isn’t a great deal of confidence in the club’s defensive power, so Conte is playing a 3-4-3 with two wing backs and David Luiz pushed just ahead of John Terry and Gary Cahill. It doesn’t scream solidity, and should United use their pace on the wings, they could really hurt the home side.
Ibrahimovic is due a goal
This has been a rare dry spell for the Swede, having failed to score a Premier League goal in his last four domestic matches. He did notch a header against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League, but Ibrahimovic has looked less than sharp of late. Given his incredible goalscoring records over the years, the past would suggest that he’s due a goal very soon.
The Mourinho Factor
There’s no doubt that Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge will make tomorrow’s game even more intense than usual. The Portuguese left Chelsea on bitter terms last December, with the club hovering over the relegation zone having won the Premier League barely six months earlier. Things went particularly sour for Mourinho in his second stint at the club, but he still brought them three Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup during his time at the club, and there will be many emotions swirling around the Bridge tomorrow. United could take advantage of that.
United can shut teams out now
One of the key aspects of United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool this weekend was their refusal to allow the home side to settle, at least for the first hour. They disrupted the flow of Jurgen Klopp’s side, limiting them to half chances for much of the first half and kept a side that had been scoring goals for fun in the Premier League this season mostly subdued. As such, expect them to employ a similar tactic on Sunday.
United need a win
Having dropped points late on at Old Trafford against Stoke City, and having posed little threat to Liverpool last Monday, United currently find themselves six points from the Premier League’s summit. Whilst a draw would hardly be a disaster, a win for Manchester City against Southampton would see United eight points behind the league leaders by the time they kick off at 4pm. As such, the pressure is on United and Mourinho to perform tomorrow. You’d expect them to.
In the last eight times both Manchester United and Chelsea have clashed, there has been under 2.5 goals (8/11) in seven of the games. However, over 2.5 goals is the popular prediction this weekend. And considering both Jose Mourinho and Conte are knowing for preferring defensive systems, there is certainly money to be made here.
Manchester United have been impressive in the last few games. You can get them to win at 14/5 with bet365.
Chelsea are available to win at 23/20 at Bet365 which is a great deal considering how excellent Manchester United have been against the Red Devils.