Sunday 11 August: 4.30pm KO
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The new Premier League season and both clubs will be glad the summer transfer window has shut. Both clubs had mixed results from that period and now have to live with what they achieved. United will want to make a confident start to the season with their new-look defence. Chelsea begin life with Frank Lampard and without Eden Hazard.
The transfer window has closed and the major rebuilding that was needed at Old Trafford hasn’t quite materialised. United needed new defenders and that’s just what they have achieved. £125m has been spent on acquiring Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire. That should work wonders for them in the months to come.
When it comes to the rest of the team though, it’s a different story. The only other signing is the promising Daniel James from Swansea City. Up front, Romelu Lukaku has been transferred to Inter Milan with no replacement signed. It looks as if United will be hoping youngsters Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood will supply the goals. At least Pogba and Sanchez didn’t leave which is good news or maybe not if the sulking continues.
Throw in some uncertainty over whether Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is the right choice and another interesting season lies ahead. United had a good pre-season and Greenwood has emerged as someone who could save the club millions. Greenwood is 12/5 (3.4) at Paddy Power to score in this match.
United made a winning start to last season and will hope to do the same again this time around. Chelsea at home isn’t the easiest of games though. Perhaps this is the right time to play them though with their opponents having plenty of their own problems. You can get odds of 5/4 (2.25) at Betfair on United beating Chelsea on Sunday.
The summer was never going to be an easy one for Chelsea. Despite finishing third and winning the Europa League, Maurizio Sarri was soon on his way out of Stamford Bridge. In came a club hero in Frank Lampard, but a manager with only one season’s experience of the job.
Worse news for Chelsea was the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. With the club serving a transfer ban, the signing of a replacement hasn’t happened. Mateo Kovacic has had his loan from Real Madrid made permanent. That’s ok but he’s not going to score the goals Hazard used to. He played 32 games for Chelsea last season and we still don’t know what his goalscoring celebration would be. Bet365 will give you odds of 10/1 (11.0) on him scoring in this match.
With David Luiz a shock departure on transfer deadline day, it’s going to be interesting to see how Chelsea cope this season. More emphasis is going to have to be placed on youth and luckily, Chelsea do have some talented youngsters who must not be given the chance to shine. That may work in time and it’s 5/2 (3.5) on them beating Manchester United if your bet is placed at William Hill.
Manchester United have only lost one of their last five games against Chelsea. Their last home loss to them was in 2013. Four of the last six home matches against Chelsea have been draw. It’s 23/10 (3.3) that Manchester United draw ths match.
Manchester United are expected to give debuts to Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bassaki. They will be missing Eric Bailley who’s out for the rest of the year. Chelsea have plenty of injury worries. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger, are expected to be absent. There are also worries over Willian and N’Golo Kante.
Low Scoring Affair?
Six of the last eight games played between these two clubs have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. With players such as Hazard and Lukaku absent, this could be a low-scoring game. A bet on under 2.5 goals in this game has odds of 4/5 (1.8) at SkyBet.
United’s transfer dealings haven’t quite gone to plan. The pressure will be on them to make a good start to the season. If they struggle for goals after selling Lukaku and not replacing him, the atmosphere at Old Trafford could soon turn sour. They take on a Chelsea team also with plenty of problems and some big injuries. A bet on United to win and under 2.5 goals in the game has odds of 7/2 (4.5) at Ladbrokes.