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Both sides were in action on Tuesday as Chelsea were held to a goalless stalemate with Europa League winners Sevilla and Man Utd stole a late victory in Paris.
The managers will have been pleased to see greater defensive resolve from their charges, with United only conceding once up against Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, while Edouard Mendy demonstrated his first-choice credentials.
However, we’d expect the attacks to come out on top here with at least two goals in all seven meetings over the past two seasons.
United won this fixture 4-0 on the opening day last term but the head to heads have typically been tighter affairs in recent times, though United definitely hold the upper hand.
The Red Devils won three of four meetings last season as they met in both domestic cups and are W4-D2-L1 going back another year, with Chelsea failing to register a single clean sheet over this spell.
That hasn’t just been a problem for the Blues in this fixture and in fact, only five teams have conceded more than them so far in the new campaign.
They were similarly porous last term as they held the worst defensive record amongst the top half of the table, with only Burnley at the bottom of that pile coming close to the 54 they conceded.
Meanwhile, Man Utd only possess one clean sheet from six matches this season when excluding lower division opposition, coming against Brighton in the League Cup.
Manchester United Draw No Bet
United have now won five of six matches since an opening day defeat to Palace in all competitions, and even if each victory came on the road they scored at least three times on four occasions. Even if the exception was a 6-1 humiliation by Tottenham, the manner of their triumph midweek will have eased concerns.
Moreover, they rarely fail to score at Old Trafford and since the start of last season, they’ve found the net in 10 of 11 matches when facing the top eight finishers at home or at Wembley, as both teams scored in over half of these.
Chelsea’s current form isn’t so great and they’ve only won two of seven matches in all competitions since an opening day win at Brighton, while even one of those came against Championship strugglers Barnsley.
Their recent record against the top sides hasn’t been fantastic either as they’ve lost three of five winless matches with Arsenal, Bayern, Liverpool, Spurs and Sevilla since August. With that in mind, we’d have to get behind the Man Utd but take some cover draw no bet.
Whereas Frank Lampard is only without youngster Billy Gilmour, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without the suspended Anthony Martial, there’s fitness doubts surrounding Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood, while Edinson Cavani will be lacking in match sharpness.
However, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have scored five times in United’s last three games between them and will carry the threat, while Maguire hasn’t enjoyed a stellar start to the campaign and may not be missed in any case.