Manchester United vs Chelsea
Manchester United and Chelsa are set to face off against each other in an exciting Premier League midweek fixture.
Manchester United’s return to the Champions League after a season-long absence looks imminent after a 1-0 win at Bournemouth at the weekend moved them within one point from a mathematical top-four finish. Erik ten Hag’s men will likely remove all doubts regarding their quest to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition, given their outrageous run of 16 unbeaten home league matches (W13, D3), dating back to a 2-1 loss to Brighton on the opening weekend. The ‘Red Devils’ come into proceedings having kept a clean sheet in their last six Premier League outings at Old Trafford (W5, D1) and could make it seven in a row for the first time since 2010. Shutout or not, Man Utd should win the point they need after going unbeaten in their last ten top-flight meetings with Chelsea (W3, D7).
Out-of-sorts Chelsea couldn’t cope with Manchester City’s second-string line-up at the weekend, falling to a 1-0 away loss, their seventh in Frank Lampard’s nine matches in interim charge (W1, D1). The ‘Blues’ have already settled for a first bottom-half finish since 1995/96, but they could set another unwanted piece of history this midweek. Anything other than a win would see the London outfit go 11 consecutive meetings with Man Utd without winning for the first time in their Premier League history. The signs are ominous, as Chelsea are winless in their last 15 top-flight encounters against sides starting the round above them in the standings (D4, L11), including four defeats on the trot ahead of this clash.