The big tie of the FA Cup fifth round is going to the last one to kick off. On Monday night Manchester United will make the trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea. So another big name in the Cup will take a tumble. It’s an important game for both of these as they look to try and move towards securing some domestic silverware.
Manchester United 13/5
* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 14th, 2019 at 3:09 pm)
Manchester United won ten of their first eleven games under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who came in to replace Jose Mourinho last December. They had their first taste of defeat under him though in midweek, losing 2-0 at Old Trafford against PSG in the UEFA Champions League. But take out that result against a top team and Manchester United’s domestic form is sparkling.
Manchester United started their FA Cup campaign this season with a comfortable home win over Championship side Reading. That then set them up for a difficult away game at Arsenal in the fourth round. But the Red Devils didn’t blink an eye, they stuck to their new positive approach and got their just rewards of a 3-1 win over the Gunners. Now it’s back out on the road for them against another of the country’s top sides.
Manchester United earned a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea earlier this season in the Premier League. Things between the two sides are even with two wins each and that draw in their last five meetings. The Red Devils will arrive at the Bridge on a six-match winning streak away from Old Trafford. They have been scoring freely, a powerful counter-attacking plan helping them on that end. They have also taken four clean sheets in their last five away games.
Chelsea have lost four of their last nine games across all competitions. Last weekend they paid a league visit to Manchester City and were blasted out of sight in a 6-0 defeat. That heaped even more pressure on boss Maurizio Sarri in his first season in charge and you can see the frustration emanating from the manager. His team at times have looked unmotivated and Sarri hasn’t been quiet about holding the players themselves, including Eden Hazard, responsible.
But the interesting thing about Chelsea’s form is that their troubles have been away from home. Each of the four defeats in their last nine games have happened on their travels. Chelsea are actually on a five-match winning streak at the Bridge across all competitions.
But it is the lack of confidence from those away losses that could well have a knock-on effect. The Blues have made it to the EFL Cup Final where they face Man City soon, but they will be massive underdogs for that Wembley clash. The frailties that have shown up in their defence recently will come under some scrutiny.
Chelsea won the FA Cup Final last season against United thanks to an Eden Hazard penalty, the only goal of the match. Chelsea have won their last three FA Cup matches against the Red Devils by a 1-0 scoreline. In the last ten meetings in all competitions, it has been Chelsea in the ascendancy. The Blues have a W5 D3 L2 record against Manchester United in that sequence. The Blues are unbeaten in nine home games against Manchester United in all competitions.
Even though Chelsea boss the head to head recently over the Red Devils, the odds on Manchester United to beat Chelsea at 13/5 are pretty appealing* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 14th, 2019 at 3:09 pm). Chelsea rely heavily on one man (Eden Hazard) and their defence looks far from organised at the moment. They will be under pressure from a United side who have already proven themselves in a big FA Cup away match this season. Away win.
Manchester City will be stepping out at the Etihad on Sunday evening with a big challenge in front of them. It is Chelsea who come for a visit in this Premier League clash and the Blues have the honour of being the first side in the top flight to have inflicted a defeat on the Citizens this season.
That happened back in early December which sparked three defeats in four games for Man City. The odds on Man City to beat Chelsea in this reverse fixture is at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 7th, 2019 at 7:52 pm)
Man City 4/9
* ( betting odds taken from bet365 on February 7th, 2019 at 7:52 pm)
Back when Manchester City lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea earlier this season, they went on to lose two of their following three league games. It was a run that saw them concede top spot to Liverpool in the title race. However, Manchester City returned to the top of the pile for the first time since December as they collected a midweek win at Everton.
That has left the Citizens with back to back league victories recorded following what was their fourth reverse of the season, a shock away defeat at Newcastle at the end of January. But with those back to back victories over Arsenal and then Everton, City appear to be back in the groove and really can’t be faulted with six wins in their last seven top-flight games.
It is the home form of Manchester City which is key. They have been fantastic at the Etihad once again this season having won all but one of their thirteen Premier League games there this season (L1). Manchester City set the bar so high last season that it was unlikely that they were going to live up to that, but still, they boast the best home record in this season’s top flight.
City are on a three-match winnings streak at home since their one and only slip at the Etihad this season, which was a 3-2 reverse against Crystal Palace just before Christmas. City have averaged 3.3 goals per home games this season and in each and every home fixture played, they have scored at least two goals in this season. 62% of all of Manchester City’s home games this season have ended up over 3.5 goals.
Manchester City earned a 1-0 home win in this corresponding fixture last season. Home and away they have won three of their last four games against Chelsea and each of those were with a clean sheet. Actually, both teams have scored in just two of the last seven clashes between the two clubs in all competitions.
Chelsea also have a lot at stake here as they are in a tight battle with Manchester United and Arsenal to try and lock down fourth spot. The Blues have had their woes away from Stamford Bridge recently though which has to be of concern for them. Chelsea have lost their last two games on the road, those defeats coming against Arsenal and then Bournemouth. Across those two defeats, Chelsea conceded six goals and failed to net.
Even though Chelsea pounded out a 5-0 home win over bottom side Huddersfield last weekend, they have failed to score in three of their last five games. It’s also worth a look at their away from against the better sides this season. From their five away games played this season against sides currently in the top half of table, Chelsea have taken just a W1 L4 record from those five such games.
Manchester City have to have the bit between their teeth. They haven’t found Chelsea a comfortable opponent to go up against in recent times, but the incentive is there for them. There has been a bit of momentum shift back their way in the title race without question, in 2019. This is a big game in which to prove themselves. The odds on Manchester City to beat Chelsea to nil are at 13/8* ( betting odds taken from bet365 on February 7th, 2019 at 7:52 pm)
The top game in the Premier League on the weekend comes from the Emirates Stadium in North London with Arsenal playing host to London rivals Chelsea. This is a game of high importance, perhaps more so for Arsenal than Chelsea.
The Gunners start the game in fifth place, six points behind Chelsea who are occupying fourth place. Arsenal can ill afford to lose more ground in the race for a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 17th, 2019 at 6:14 pm)
It is Chelsea who are kicking off the game as favourites for the fixture. The odds-on Chelsea to beat Arsenal are 13/10 and that is a reflection of the wobbles in form that Arsenal have been having recently. Arsenal had that massive 14 match undefeated streak of form earlier in the season, including a seven-match winning streak.
It has all been a bit hit and miss for them recently though as they have won just two of their last six Premier League fixtures (D1 L3). Earlier in the season Arsenal suffered a 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. While Arsenal’s home form has at least stayed intact through their current slump of form, they have failed to earn a clean sheet in any of their last six Premier League outings.
Chelsea are the ones who have been carrying the better form recently. They have won five of their last seven Premier League fixtures. Chelsea are also on a three-match winning streak away from home and while that has been earned against sides currently outside of the top six, the Blues still have shown a bit of grit and winning steel. The Blues will know that they are up against a good scoring home side but Chelsea have been on-point in defence.
The Blues have earned a clean sheet in 50% of their away games this season, and have conceded at under a goal per game on average. Chelsea are currently on a seven-match scoring streak on their travels in the top flight. Going into the game Chelsea have also have only found themselves trailing at the halftime break once on their travels this season.
Chelsea have opened the scoring in eight of their 10 away fixtures in the English top flight this season which is another superb stat. Granted while they are carrying a bit of form with them, including a four-match undefeated streak at the moment, their performances haven’t been full on thrilling displays of power. They have stuttered at times and largely that is because of them not having a genuine out and out striker who is in any kind of form.
But they have been getting the job done at the of the day. They are perhaps the more organised of the two sides, and the balance could be tipped in the midfield area where the Blues look to have a competitive edge. With the brilliance of Eden Hazard in their ranks, they will of course always have a chance at pulling something out. But will that translate into a huge three points of them which would open a massive gap over the Gunners?
The odds on Chelsea to beat Arsenal at 13/10 will have a lot of appeal for punters on the away side* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 17th, 2019 at 6:14 pm). It’s no easy game of course but the Blues have an away scoring streak going and they are facing an Arsenal side who have looked less and less assured of themselves at the back.
Chelsea of are the next ones to stand in the way of Manchester City’s title charge. The Blues have suffered a couple of setbacks in the league recently, but they were out on the road. Maurizio Sarri’s men have an unbeaten home record in the top flight this season.
Will they be able to come up with something special to be the first ones to inflict a league defeat on the reigning champions this season? Or will it simply be business as usual for the Citizens? The odds on Manchester City to beat Chelsea are 19/20* (betting odds taken on December 7th, 2018 at 4:38 pm).
Man City 19/20
* (betting odds taken on December 7th, 2018 at 4:38 pm)
The Citizens are on a three-match winning streak against Chelsea in all competitions. After taking back to back 1-0 Premier League wins over the Londoners last season, Manchester City eased to a 2-0 win at Wembley back in August against Chelsea. That was in the FA Community Shield, although Chelsea had a lot of their first team stars missing for the game.
But that is three wins on the bounce and with no goal conceded for Man City against Chelsea. So there is a little trend running there and the Citizens are at 13/5 odds to win to nil on Saturday* (betting odds taken on December 7th, 2018 at 4:38 pm). If they can get the victory (in any fashion) it would see Pep Guardiola’s men pass another serious test on their path to a title defence.
Manchester City collected a 2-1 win at Watford in midweek which was their seventh straight win in the top flight. City have banked a clean sheet in half of their last eight league games. In total they have conceded just twice on their travels this season, helping them to a W5 D2 record away from the Etihad. Manchester City are currently on a three-match winning streak away from home.
While their scoring away from home hasn’t been anywhere near as prolific as their home scoring form, they have still averaged over two goals per game away from home. They have the quality and the scoring touch to overpower most sides. They have also proven again this season they can visit the home of other top sides in the country and produce the results. Their biggest away game this season saw them play something of a conservative and containing game at Anfield against Liverpool.
Liverpool’s high-energy, high-pressing game hurt City badly last season, but they learned from it and did a much better job this time around against them. They have also been to Spurs and Arsenal this season already and beat both North London clubs to nil. So this will complete all of their away games against the current top five this season, meaning that they have a huge advantage in having to face all their main rivals back at home later in the season.
There has been a strange trend in recent seasons between Manchester City and Chelsea. The result in the first meeting of a given season between the two clubs has been repeated in the second meeting for that season.
Chelsea won both league meetings in 2013/14
They draw both games in 2014/15
Man City won both league games in 2015/16
Chelsea won both league games in 2016/17
Man City won both league games in 2017/18
So looking back at the recent meetings, Chelsea are just W1 D1 L2 in their last four Premier League home games against Manchester City. So it isn’t a ground where the Citizens have feared to tread in recent times.
Before their first league defeat of the season, which happened at Wembley against London rivals Spurs, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was becoming increasingly concerned. He was concerned about how slowly his team was starting matches, not playing as well early on in fixtures as they had been at the start of the season. He could see the standards starting to slip.
They got beaten badly by Tottenham in that game and after reviving themselves on home soil against bottom side Fulham in a West London derby, they had a shock defeat at Wolves in midweek. Chelsea were leading 1-0 at half time, but then just collapsed as Wolves tore into them in the second half of the fixture and Chelsea lost 2-1. It was a result which Sarri was totally befuddled by.
Manchester City have proven this season that they can deliver against the best in the country. It hasn’t been the same for Chelsea who have struggled for wins against the top sides. So it does look as if it has to be an advantage for the Citizens. The odds on Manchester City to beat Chelsea are 19/20 and it looks to be some decent value on the away side* (betting odds taken on December 7th, 2018 at 4:38 pm).
Chelsea will be putting their unbeaten record for the season on the line as they play host to Manchester United in Saturday’s big Premier League showdown. This is the Saturday lunchtime game which kicks off the next round of top-flight action. Will Chelsea be able to move to the top of the table by avoiding defeat? Or will Manchester United be able to come up with a big three away points to close the game on the Blues to four?
Manchester United 15/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 17th, 2018 at 7:52 p.m.)
To the surprise of many, the disruption over the summer at Chelsea hasn’t stopped the Blues coming out and impressing early on this season in the Premier League. With new boss Maurizio Sarri at the helm and installing his new work ethic and tactics on the Blues, they have produced a W6 D2 record so far. That has seen them keep pace alongside Manchester City and Liverpool. So Chelsea would move to the top of the table, even if it is just temporarily if they manage to avoid defeat in this one.
In stark contrast to last season, Chelsea look a vibrant, attacking powerhouse and they are dominating possession in their matches. It is that extra pep in their step, that extra touches of self-belief and positivity that could make them such a threat in this one. The odds on Chelsea to beat Manchester United are 7/10 and that will appeal to punters in this high-profile clash* (betting odds taken from bet365 on October 17th, 2018 at 6:00 pm).
Eden Hazard has been on fire for Chelsea this season, clearly enjoying the freedom with which he is playing with under the new system. He is the Premier League top scorer this season with seven goals in eight league games. Five of those seven goals have come on home soil as well. So he does make a pretty solid fit at 15/4 in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 6:00 pm) for Chelsea v Manchester United betting.
The club are leaning heavily on him and he is delivering. The Blues also have great home from going against Manchester United in the league. They are unbeaten in their last five fixtures at Stamford Bridge against the Red Devils, winning four of those (D1). Across all competitions, Four of Chelsea’s last five wins over Manchester United have been by a 1-0 scoreline. The Blues beat Manchester United twice but that scoreline last season, once in the league and once in the FA Cup Final.
Chelsea are undefeated in their last eight home games against Manchester United across all competitions. So the form is certainly there. A repeat of the Chelsea 1-0 correct score option is at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 6:00 pm). Chelsea have produced a W3 D1 record in their four home matches in the top flight this season.
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho takes his struggling Manchester United to Stamford Bridge in search of a big threat points. They haven’t been at the races and defensively have had massive problems, especially in the centre-half area which could leave them exposed. Manchester United’s form this season is just W4 D1 L3 this season and they have lost two of their four road games as well, conceding three goals exactly in both of those away defeats.
Manchester United are seven points worse off than they were at this stage of last season’s campaign, and only Fulham Huddersfield and Cardiff, three of the current bottom four have conceded more goals than the Red Devils have done this season. There are clear problems there which could be exposed in this difficult away game. This will be their first away game this season against one of the other of the league’s Big Six.
The positive momentum is clearly with Chelsea at the moment. They have both current league form and head to head league form at home over the Red Devils. They certainly look a lot more dynamic than the Red Devils do. The likelihood is that Manchester United are going to turn up and try and not get beaten more than pushing to try and win the match. Home win and the 1-0 correct score for the Blues appeals.
Chelsea and Liverpool, two top clubs defending unbeaten records this season in the Premier League go head to head in a massive clash on the weekend. The two will meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening in a battle of supremacy and the winner could even end up on top of the pile. Will Chelsea be able to extend their winning streak at home or will Liverpool claim a massive three points in the title race?
* (betting odds taken on September 26th, 2018 at 5:56 pm)
There sure is a case to be made for the Reds on their trip to Stamford Bridge. They are running in perfect form with six wins from six this season in the Premier League, and just don’t appear to be slowing up at all. Last weekend they had a stroll in the park as they posted a 3-0 home win over Southampton to keep their powerful start to the season going.
Liverpool have scored at least two goals in five of their six league games played and that is likely to send this game over 2.5 goals which is at 13/20 odds* (betting odds taken on September 26th, 2018 at 5:56 pm). They have struck exactly two in each of their three road games in the top flight this season.
That has been part of the reason why they have been going so strongly, and the other reason is their improved defence. That has been a notable aspect of their season. Liverpool have taken four clean sheets in their six games played so far this season. So that combined has given them a tremendous output and they are looking more like genuine title challengers than they were last season. They seem to have all the tools in place.
That is why they could land a big points haul at Stamford Bridge. The Reds have proven that they can go up against the best in the league away from home and win. They made a recent trip to Spurs in a high-profile clash and they came away with a 2-1 win. Liverpool were really comfortable in that and they only conceded in the 90th minute of the game at Wembley.
Three of the last four wins that they have recorded in the Premier League have been by a one-goal margin and that they have own by, including that away victory over Spurs. Liverpool to win by 1 goal margin is at 10/3 odds* (betting odds taken on September 26th, 2018 at 5:56 pm). That may have a lot of appeals as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to raid the Bridge. It wouldn’t be the first time in the recent head to head.
Liverpool have won two of their last three Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge, going W2 D1 L1 in their last four there. So that’s a pretty handy recent that they have going against the Blues and Liverpool have only lost one of their last seven league contests against Chelsea.
There are two powerful attacks being pitted against each other. Chelsea have been a free-flowing scoring side at home this term where they are holding a 100% record. But last weekend they slipped up as they were frustrated in a 0-0 draw at the struggling West Ham in a London derby. So that was the first sign this season that they could perhaps be held at bay by a well-organised defence.
This is a huge chance for the Reds to bag another important three points on the road. They have also shown their strengths against Spurs and with the scoring threats that they have through the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and the rejuvenated Daniel Sturridge with Chelsea struggling in the centre-forward position, the extra power in attack that the visitors have, could well be the difference maker.