EPL game of the week: Chelsea vs. Manchester United
It’s Monday-night football in England, as one of the Premier League's greatest rivalries will be renewed, when Chelsea hosts Manchester United.
Chelsea will look to maintain its grip on fourth place in the table and the last Champions League spot, while Manchester United will hope to climb from eighth place, into a position where it can make a run at the top four. Who will walk out of Stamford Bridge with three points?
Chelsea vs. Manchester United odds
Chelsea's scoring has been balanced
Chelsea has 41 points, just two ahead of Sheffield United. The club's last match was a 2-2 draw at Leicester City on Feb. 1, but it has gone 3-4-3 in its last 10 matches and has failed to score in three of those losses.
But despite several players on the injured list, the Blues' scoring has maintained balance. Their 13 goals in the last 10 matches have been scored by seven players, and head coach Frank Lampard is going to need his scoring to come from all angles to frustrate the United defense.
The player to watch will be Tammy Abraham. He returned from an ankle injury against Leicester City, and he will need to lead the team up front.
Tammy Abraham (22):— LDN ⚽️ (@LDNFootbalI) February 5, 2020
- 13 Premier League goals in 23 starts (no penalties).
- Scored his first Champions League goals, 2 in the group stage.
- Called up to the England squad and scored his first international goal.
Chelsea’s number 9 ⭐ HUGE potential.pic.twitter.com/Vf3aZmwYUw
Manchester United can't find the back of the net
United have to find some scoring from other places if it wants to move up from eighth. The Red Devils are only four points out of fifth place, but their form has been bad recently. United is 1-3-1 in its last five Premier League matches and hasn't scored a goal in more than a month in EPL competition.
The Red Devils' last three matches in the league were 2-0 losses at Liverpool and against Burnley, along with a scoreless draw against Wolves on Feb. 1.
In their last 10 league matches, they have scored 13 goals, but they all came from just three players—Marcus Rashford (five), Anthony Martial (five), and Mason Greenwood (three). Rashford is out for possibly the rest of the season with a double stress fracture in his back he suffered in a FA Cup match Jan. 15.
With Rashford out, the pressure will be on Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, and Martial and Greenwood. Fred and Andreas Pereira will need to become active offensively, as well, for the Red Devils to get three points.
EPL free pick: Chelsea wins 2-1 (+825)
While United defeated Chelsea 4-0 in the season opener, the four matches before that were all tight. Chelsea seems to have the edge with its balanced attack, and losing Rashford has really affected the Red Devils. In front of the home fans, Chelsea will win it with a late Antonio Rüdiger (+650) goal.