Manchester United will take plenty of confidence from the win in Paris, and with home advantage on their side here they can hurt big rivals Chelsea on Saturday.
Premier League 2020/2021
Date: Saturday, September 24th
Venue: Old Trafford
After a topsy-turvy start to the season, Manchester United have gotten their swagger back. The 2-1 win over Paris Saint Germain last time out has seemingly given them a footing, and the Reds can now dream of edging up the league table.
The hosts got off a fine start in Paris albeit with a bit of luck, as Keylor Navas was only beaten on second attempt by Bruno Fernandes after VAR had pulled back a spotkick for encroachment.
While Anthony Martial’s unfortunate own goal cancelled it out in the second-half, Marcus Rashford struck late on to settle an end-to-end contest.
Moreso, it is worth noting that United are unbeaten in their last seven home league games against their opposition on Saturday, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lost just one of his four meetings with Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager.
Chelsea were made to settle for a point at home to Sevilla in their Champions League meeting on Wednesday, a result which came on the back of a frustrating 3-3 draw with Southampton in the top flight.
While their defensive prowess was applaudable against the La Liga side, Lampard will rather be happy to see his summer recruits start repaying their heavy outlays sooner rather than later.
The Blues might feel confident though, as their opposition are still searching for their first home point of the league season after a brace of losses at this ground already.
But only once in their entire history have the Red Devils lost each of their opening three home league games of a campaign, with that coming in 1930-31 as they went on to finish bottom of the standings.
This match have all the trappings of coming alive and producing a cracker, and punters can pick a lot of potential outcomes from the betting.
Eric Bailly could still miss up to four weeks while Harry Maguire remains a doubt after missing the win in Paris.
Anthony Martial drops back out of the side as he serves the second of a three-game domestic ban.
Edinson Cavani could make the bench but it is unclear if Mason Greenwood would be involved having missed each of his side’s last two games.
Only Billy Gilmour is Lampard’s injury concern at the moment after the Edouard Mendy returned to action in midweek.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea’s last nine away league games.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Manchester United’s last four games.
Man United’s last five competitive games: WWLWW
Chelsea’s last five competitive games: DLWDD
United will understandably be full of
confidence after the win over PSG last time, but it is impossible to ignore their disappointing home form which has seen them lose both of their opening league games by an aggregate scoreline of 9-2.
Chelsea are by no means away-day specialists themselves, but their games tend to guarantee goals at the moment and, with major question marks hanging over both defences, we can expect an entertaining draw from this one. A one-all stalemate is 13/2, while 2-2 is priced 12/1.