Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview

August 10, 2019
By: Deke Hardman

Premier League

Sunday’s Premier League action concludes at Old Trafford, where Manchester United take on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

The Red Devils will be aiming to finish back inside the top four this season at the very least, after missing out in three of the last four campaigns.

It wasn’t the busiest of transfer windows for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, though he did break the world record transfer fee for a defender for Harry Maguire to add to the signings of Daniel James and Aaron Wan Bissaka while Romelu Lukaku secured his move to Inter Milan late on.

Paul Pogba could feature despite struggling with a back problem in preseason, though Alexis Sanchez is some way off inclusion following his involvement in the Copa America.

Anthony Martial, who has reclaimed the number nine shirt is priced at 6.4 (27/5) to open the scoring with Unibet, with Marcus Rashford favourite at 6.0 (5/1) with a number of firms.

The home win can be backed at 2.25 (5/4) with the visitors outsiders a generous 3.6 (13/5) with some bookmakers. The draw is widely available at 3.3 (23/10).

It’s a new era for the Blues, with a former hero returning at the helm and Lampard would like nothing more than to begin life in the hotset with a positive result at the Theatre of Dreams.

N’Golo Kante is unlikely to be involved after struggling with a knee problem preseason, while Anthony Rudiger, Rueben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Huson-Odoi are all sidelined.

Their hands were tied in the transfer market due to their embargo, so much of the ‘new faces’ involved are likely to be young players returning from loan spells away last season such as Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.

The latter, who has also been given the number nine shirt is 7.0 (6/1) to get the first goal of the game, ahead of 8.0 (7/1) chance Olivier Giroud.

Both of last season’s league meetings between the sides ended in score draws, so you may be tempted to back them both to score this time around at a price of 1.8 (4/5).

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