Man Utd v Chelsea – Old Trafford at 17:30 live on BT Sport 1
Chelsea travel to Manchester this evening to face United at Old Trafford. Both teams are low on confidence and are in desperate need of 3 points but after just one day’s rest since their last fixture, a low scoring and cautious match is expected.
This is not a clash between 2 sides that are in the hunt for another Premier a League title as expected but this match is just as important. Chelsea, now under the tutelage of Guus Hiddink having sacked Jose Mourinho just under 2 weeks ago are languishing down in 15th position but have looked better in their 2 matches since Mourinho left.
A 3-1 win over Sunderland was followed up by a 2-2 draw against a very good Watford side, which they could have won if it wasn’t for Oscar’s late penalty miss. It’s looking a little more encouraging for Blues fans as their players seem to be playing without the pressure they have been under this season and I can see them moving up the table over the coming weeks.
Hiddink, in his second spell at Chelsea, has all the attributes needed to get Chelsea out of the position they are in and is well-respected by players. He’ll be looking for his first win since taking the reigns once again but this match may come a little too soon to work his magic and claim all 3 points despie Utd’s awful run of results.
Louis Van Gaal is staring down the barrel of a gun and another loss today could see the end of his time in charge of Manchester Utd.
The Red Devils are now on a losing streak of 4 consecutive matches and have failed to pick up a win in their last 7 in all competitions.
Last time out they lost 2-0 to Stoke, leaving them 3 points behind the top 4. Early on in the season they were unlucky to not pick up wins and had to settle for draws but now they are really struggling and have looked dreadful in recent weeks.
Despite there poor form, their record at Old Trafford this season has seen them lose just once, which is down to their strong defence. With 6 clean sheets and conceding just 3 goals, both records are the leagues best and they will make it very tough for Chelsea to break them down again today.
The Blues will be without suspended Diego Costa having picked up his 5th yellow card of the season against Watford and Hazard looks set to miss this one through injury.
The hosts are struggling for goals, scoring just 3 in their last 5 league matches and will have to rotate their squad from their Boxing Day loss to Stoke. This all points to a low scoring, tight affair which is also the trend for this one over the last few seasons.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.25 goals at 1.89
Prices correct a time of writing.
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