Kick-off: 1800, 19/07/2020
Chelsea have lost three times to Manchester United this season but have been handed a good opportunity to enjoy the last laugh in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final.
Both of these teams are also involved in a battle for Premier League top-four places, but the timing of this contest greatly favours the Blues.
They are allowed five days to recover from a cosy home win over Norwich, whereas the Red Devils must travel to Wembley just three days after a tricky trip to Crystal Palace.
That makes 19/20 for Frank Lampard’s side to advance a value bet for our initial Man Utd vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United are seeking to equal Arsenal’s record of 13 FA Cup triumphs but have now had to hit the road in every round.
Either side of emphatic victories at Tranmere and Derby, they needed a replay to see off Wolves and only edged out Norwich in the closing stages of extra-time at Carrow Road.
The Red Devils have been in fine form since returning from lockdown, but a last-gasp slip when drawing with Southampton on Monday night meant Thursday’s visit to Palace took on added importance.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial gave United a good win at Selhurst Park, but they were made to work for that victory.
“There is a concern, obviously, that they’ve had 48 hours’ more rest and recovery than us,” Solskjaer said. “It’s not fair.
“We spoke about a fair scheduling going into this restart. Of course, it isn’t.”
United have plenty of fit, young players, but the temptation must be there for Solskjaer to shuffle his pack and try to rely on some slightly lesser lights.
Looking at the Man Utd vs Chelsea odds, we like 23/4 for this tie to be a draw at half-time and then for the Blues to prevail.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Fosu-Mensah, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Fernandes, McTominay, Martial, Rashford, Greenwood.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea lifted this trophy for the eighth time when beating United 1-0 in the 2018 final and have knocked out Liverpool and Leicester on route to reaching this year’s semis.
The Blues have shown mixed form since last month’s restart; suffering losses to West Ham and Sheffield United, but also coming out on top against Manchester City among six wins.
Olivier Giroud’s header on the stroke of half-time proved enough to edge out Norwich at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday and put his side in good shape to secure Champions League football again next term.
“I don’t want to jump the gun, because we have games that will be pivotal to where we actually finish, but I think we can be happy with where we are right now,” said Lampard.
Chelsea have not had the rub of the green in previous meetings with United this season, but this is a great chance to put the record straight.
A close encounter is still on the cards, but the extra rest may prove decisive.
Let’s add to our Man Utd vs Chelsea betting tips by taking 9/2 for the Blues to win and both teams to score, while 10/1 for a 2-1 correct score catches the eye.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Pulisic, Willian, Giroud.
Crystal Palace 0-2 MAN UTD – Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial
CHELSEA 1-0 Norwich – Olivier Giroud
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