Manchester United host bitter rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford in the pick of this weekend’s EPL action.
Manchester United players will be booming with confidence coming into this match after their sensational 2-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain in their midweek UEFA Champions League campaign opener in Paris.
There have been questions about their vulnerability defensively following some bad losses to Crystal Palace and Tottenham to start the season. With captain Harry Maguire out for the PSG tie after picking an injury in the 4-1 win at Newcastle, stand-in centre-half Axel Tuanzebe and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were outstanding at the back in keeping world-class forwards Kylian Mbappe and Neymar quiet.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has, for the most part, had Frank Lampard’s number on speed dial, will have some tough decisions to make regarding team selection.
After spending heavily in the summer transfer window, Chelsea have struggled to put up consistent performances. They come into this game off a midweek goalless draw against Sevilla in their Champions League opener which followed another draw at the weekend against Southampton, in a game they led 3-0 with just about 10 minutes left in the game, but they collapsed spectacularly and conceded 3 goals in 8 minutes to finish the game all square at 3-3.
Chelsea have shown flashed of their potential in wins over Brighton and Palace, these last two draws, together with another 3-3 draw with Southampton and a home loss to defending champions Liverpool clearly indicate they are still a work in progress.
Lampard was pleased with the defensive shift they put in against Sevilla when they welcomed back newly signed keeper Edourd Mendy from a thigh injury. He has clearly been a stabilizing factor in their defense and will be needed against the high flying United attack.
Buoyed by their thrilling win over PSG, Manchester United will have a spring in their step coming into this match. They have responded well to the embarrassing 6-1 home loss to Tottenham with two terrific away wins. It is not even the results that have been impressive, but the manner in which they won. They played Newcastle off the park in the 4-1 win and went toe-to-toe with Champions League finalists PSG in their own backyard. Chelsea are no mugs themselves but they have flattered to impress and remain vulnerable at the back against the attacking threat that United pose. It is likely to be an intense affair but we are backing United to break the ice and score the first goal @ 1.85 with Bwin as our first betting tip.
Speaking of intense, this game has huge ramifications in the title race. With both teams having dropped lots of points already, neither side will want to pick up another loss here. We are likely to see a hotly contested and perhaps bad-tempered affair. 6 of their last 7 straight encounters in all competitions have seen Over 3.5 bookings landing. Given the circumstances surrounding this game, we are tempted to back the same @ 1.36 with Bwin betting app as our final tip for this clash.
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