Manchester United vs ChelseaEnglish Premier League, KO: 20:15 Dec 6, 2023, Old Trafford
Manchester United host Chelsea in a Premier League fixture on Wednesday with both teams looking for the spark to get their campaign back on track. Neither side has been particularly convincing so far and given the results from their recent meetings, they look set to cancel each other out once again.
Manchester United's miserable campaign continued last time out as they were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United. They were toothless in attack and struggled to create clear cut chances, finishing with just a single attempt on target.
That result ended a run of three straight Premier League wins for Manchester United, who had attempted to turn a corner in recent weeks. However, as they often revert to performances like the one at St James’ Park, pressure continues to mount on manager Erik Ten Hag, who will be desperate to get things back on track.
Home form is likely to be pivotal in any resurgence for Manchester United, who have won two of their last three matches at Old Trafford. However, they have only kept just one clean sheet in seven Premier League home matches this season.
Chelsea were victorious last time out in the Premier League as they triumphed 3-2 over Brighton. Despite playing much of the second half with 10 men, they still held on for the win thanks to a brace from Enzo Fernandez and a Levi Colwill effort.
It was a solid return to winning ways for Chelsea, who were beaten 4-1 at Newcastle United in their previous fixture. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have now lost just once in their last five matches across all competitions.
While Chelsea have endured a difficult campaign so far, they have managed to avoid defeat against the big teams. They held out for a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, battled to a 2-2 scoreline with Arsenal before producing a thrilling 4-4 encounter with Manchester City.
How the bookies view it
Head to head
Manchester United have a 70-53 advantage with 52 draws from 175 previous matches against Chelsea. Five of the last six fixtures have ended in draws, although United ran out 4-1 winners in the last meeting at Old Trafford back in May.
Players to watch
Alejandro Garnacho has shown some fight for Manchester United in recent weeks and could be worth keeping an eye on. The forward has four goals in the last three matches and is priced at 7/2 by bet365 to find the net on Wednesday.
Raheem Sterling failed to get on the score sheet last time out but remains the man in form for Chelsea in recent weeks. The forward has two goals in his last three matches and is priced at 13/5 by bet365 to get on the score sheet on Wednesday.
Anything else catch the eye?
The last meeting between Manchester United and Chelsea produced over 3.5 goals and a similar outcome could be considered at 13/8 with Betfred. There have been more goals after the break in the last four meetings and Wednesday's clash could be set to follow a similar pattern at evens with Paddy Power.
Both teams have been level at the break in five of their last six meetings and a repeat on Wednesday is valued at 6/4 by 888Sport.
This English Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea will be played on Dec 6, 2023 and kick off at 20:15. Check below for our tipsters best Manchester United vs Chelsea prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.