Kick-off: 2000, 17/02/2020
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports
Chelsea are six points clear of Manchester United in the race for a top-four finish and can further extend that advantage at Stamford Bridge.
The Red Devils beat the Blues 4-0 at home in the Premier League and 2-1 away in the EFL Cup earlier this term, but Marcus Rashford bagged a brace in both matches.
In fact, Rashford has netted eight of their 13 goals in games against the leading six teams, so his absence through injury is a massive blow.
With the England striker sidelined, we’re snapping up 4/5 for a home win as our initial Chelsea vs Man Utd prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was left frustrated by a lack of transfer activity in the January window, despite being linked with strikers Edinson Cavani and Timo Werner.
However, 15-goal forward Tammy Abraham believes he can fire the Blues to a place in the leading quartet.
“I am sure I will score a few more,” he declared. “I like the pressure and I play well under pressure.
“It has been a great season so far and I would like to push on. There are still massive games. I just have to be ready for them and take my opportunities.
“The players we were talking about coming in, like Cavani, were top-class strikers who have been around in the game for many years.
“It would have been nice if he had come. He would have been someone I can learn off and steal his ideas to add to my own.
“It didn’t happen, though, and for me it gives me that extra push and desire to claim my position and be the best I can.”
Abraham should benefit from the winter break, as he played through the pain of an ankle injury in a 2-2 draw at Leicester last time out, so 3/1 he nets first is a fair price.
Last Chelsea line-up: Caballero, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Abraham, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi.
Abraham faces a late fitness test having missed several training sessions this week with an ankle problem. Christian Pulisic (adductor) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles) will both miss out.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United are facing an uphill battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League via their Premier League position after picking up just one point from three games.
The Red Devils showed some spirit in defeat at Liverpool, but then suffered a damaging home loss versus Burnley, before being held to a 0-0 draw by Wolves at Old Trafford.
New recruit Bruno Fernandes showed some nice touches against Wanderers, but United still drew a blank in front of goal for a third straight top-flight fixture.
Surprise short-term signing Odion Ighalo will go straight into the squad for this match, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stating: “We want to integrate him as quickly as we can, because he is desperate to play for us.”
However, the former Watford striker had only started pre-season training in China before the sudden move and missed the club’s warm-weather camp in Spain due to travel restriction concerns.
Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are also still out, even if the latter is making good progress.
With Anthony Martial failing to assert himself in a central role, the Red Devils remain lightweight and relatively toothless up front.
That makes 2/1 for a home win to nil worth adding to our Chelsea vs Man Utd betting tips.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Mata, Pereira, Fred, Fernandes, James, Martial.
Nemanja Matic is available again after suspension, but Axel Tuanzebe remains sidelined.
Leicester 2-2 CHELSEA – Antonio Rudiger
MAN UTD 0-0 Wolves
Head-to-head: Chelsea 1-2 Man Utd, Man Utd 4-0 Chelsea, Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-2 Man Utd, Chelsea 2-2 Man Utd
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