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Manchester United vs Chelsea - Match Preview

27 Apr 2019 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Manchester United

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

vs

Kick-off
15:30 GMT
28 April 2019

Chelsea FC

  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D

Kick-off
15:30 GMT 28 April 2019

The title race currently dominates the headlines in the Premier League but there are still Champions League places up for grabs. Two of the teams fighting for a top-four place meet on Sunday as Chelsea face Manchester United at Old Trafford.

STATS

  • Manchester United have made hard work of their challenge for Europe this season and despite the upturn in form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment, they look set to miss out on the top four. They’ve lost three of their last four league games with the last two being a 4-0 loss away at Everton before a 2-0 defeat against their rivals Man City.
  • The story has been very similar for Chelsea this term but they have a greater chance of qualification for the Champions League, especially as they are in the semi-finals of the Europa League. They have won three of their last five in the league but were disappointingly held to a 2-2 draw with Burnley following their 2-0 loss against Liverpool at Anfield.
  • Paul Pogba has been announced in the PFA Team of the Year this week and he has been the main source of goals for United with 13 goals and 9 assists.
  • One of very few players who can beat that goal involvement statistic is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard who has a staggering 16 goals and 13 assists.

HEAD TO HEAD

The meetings between these sides are often classics and the fixture has produced some brilliant ties in recent years. The two sides have been hard to separate in the last few seasons as they have both won two of the last seven league meetings with the other three ending as draws. That was the outcome when they met in the Premier League back in October as United came from behind to draw 2-2.

MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS

This really is a must-win game for the home side if they are to finish inside the top four. Antonio Valencia has returned to training for them but Eric Bailly and Ander Herrera are still expected to miss out.

Latest matches: Manchester United

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10.04.2019 UEFA Manchester United FC Barcelona 0:1 L

CHELSEA NEWS

The same applies for Chelsea but they could probably get away with a draw if their hopes of Champions League qualification are to be achieved. Callum Hudson-Odoi is out for remainder of the season while N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger face late fitness tests.

Latest matches: Chelsea FC

22.04.2019 Prem Chelsea FC Burnley FC 2:2 D
18.04.2019 UEFA Chelsea FC SK Slavia Prague 4:3 W
14.04.2019 Prem Liverpool FC Chelsea FC 2:0 L
11.04.2019 UEFA SK Slavia Prague Chelsea FC 0:1 W
08.04.2019 Prem Chelsea FC West Ham United 2:0 W

SUMMARY

As these meetings always are, this one is incredibly hard to predict as both sides have demonstrated their inconsistency this season. I expect it to be an exciting game and as happened in October, I believe both teams will score and over 2.5 goals will be scored. It is far too hard to judge who will come out on top which also backing the draw might be worthwhile.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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