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Chelsea face Man Utd in a Huge FA Cup Clash for Both Teams


There’s a break from the usual run of Premier League fixtures this weekend as we reach the FA Cup Fifth Round instead. Somewhat unusually, there are a relatively small number of Premier League teams left in the competition at this point this season and that has made for an intriguing draw, which includes a cracker on Monday night as Chelsea face Manchester United in a true FA Cup classic.

Both the sides come into the game with a point to prove. Chelsea after their humiliating 6-0 defeat to Manchester City last weekend and Manchester United who will want to bounce back after being outclassed in their 2-0 defeat to Paris St Germain in the Champions League Round of 16 at Old Trafford in midweek.

So if you fancy a flutter on the big game on Monday night between these two Premier League giants, then why not head on over to bet365? Depending on where you live, and if you have a credit account balance, or have placed a bet within the preceding 24-hours, you may be able to view a Live Stream of the match. If you are not yet a customer with bet365 then you can sign up with the current bet365 New Player Bonus, where you could also earn up to £100 in bet credits once you are betting with bet365.

Let’s now take a look at the game on Monday night in a bit more detail before bringing you our tips on how we see the game going.

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Chelsea v Manchester United

Chelsea

League Position – 6th

Current Form (last 10 games)*

  • V Manchester City (A) – L 0-6
  • V Huddersfield (H) – W 5-0
  • V Bournemouth (A) – L 0-4
  • V Sheffield Wed (H) – W 3-0 (FA Cup 4th Round)
  • V Tottenham (H) – W 2-1 (Carabao Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg)
  • V Arsenal (A) – L 0-2
  • V Newcastle Utd (H) – W 2-1
  • V Tottenham (A) – L 0-1 (Carabao Cup Semi Final 1st Leg)
  • V Nottm Forest (H) – W 2-0 (FA Cup 3rd Round)
  • V Southampton (H) – D 0-0

Played 10, Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 4, Goals For 14, Goals Against 15.

*Chelsea will have played a Europa League game against Malmo FF on Thursday night prior to Monday’s game.

Manager – Mauricio Sarri

Probable Starting XI – 4-3-3 – Kepa (Gk), Azpilicueta, Palmieri, Luiz, Rudiger, Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante, Willian, Hazard, Higuain

Chelsea’s Key Factors

After their drubbing at the hands of Manchester City, it is fair to say that there is real pressure on Mauricio Sarri and his team right now. While they should progress in the Europa League, and are already in the Carabao Cup Final, his team look a shadow of that which went toe-to-toe with Liverpool and Manchester City for around a third of the season.

After that loss, I can see Sarri making changes. I can see Alonso being dropped after his performance against United, with Palmieri coming in, I also feel Kovacic and Willian will return to the team and Sarri could even give Loftus-Cheek a start should be opt to drop either Willian or Kante.

Chelsea’s entire season may well hinge on the next few weeks and Sarri needs to start getting results and as such, Eden Hazard will need to play a big part. After starring earlier in the season, the Belgian has been somewhat quiet of late and his lack of form and goals has played a part in Chelsea’s problems. Chelsea will need a big performance from Hazard in this game if they are to get the better of United and progress.

Manchester United

League Position – 4th

Current Form (last 10 games)

  • V Paris St Germain (H) – L 0-2 (Champions League Round of 16 First Leg)
  • V Fulham (A) – W 3-0
  • V Leicester (A)- W 1-0
  • V Burnley (H) – D 2-2
  • V Arsenal (A) – W 3-1 (FA Cup Fourth Round)
  • V Brighton (H) – W 2-1
  • V Tottenham (A) – W 1-0
  • V Reading (H) – W 2-0 (FA Cup Third Round)
  • V Huddersfield (H) – W 3-1
  • V Cardiff City (A) – W 5-1

Played 10, Won 8, Drew 1, Lost 1, Goals For 22, Goals Against 8

Manager (Caretaker) – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Probable Starting XI – 4-3-3 – Romero (Gk), Young, Shaw, Lindelof, Bailly, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku, Sanchez

Manchester United’s Key Factors

It has generally been plain sailing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took over at Manchester United. However, things took a dip for the team on Tuesday night when an under-strength Paris St Germain, missing the injured Neymar and Edinson Cavani, still managed to secure a very strong 2-0 victory over United at Old Trafford to hand Solskjaer his first defeat as United boss.

One defeat won’t have United pressing the panic button however but the gulf in class between the teams was evident and that will be something Solskjaer will be keen to address in the summer, if he is handed the role of manager on a permanent basis.

Domestically, United still remain unbeaten under the Norwegian and their key man under him has been the resurgent Marcus Rashford who has ousted Romelu Lukaku as the first choice number 9 at Old Trafford and who, along with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, have formed a potent, pacy United attack.

However, with Lingard and Martial both likely to miss the game through injuries picked up against PSG, Solskjaer may need to tweak his side for the game with Chelsea and that may well give Chelsea the upper hand in the contest.

Chelsea v Manchester United Tips

I’ve gone with the draw to be the score at the end of 90 minutes, necessitating extra time and maybe penalties as I think this is a game that is very important to both teams, so both managers will pick strong sides. Chelsea have been very strong at home this season, United too have been strong on the road and the sides drew in the corresponding game in the Premier League this season 2-2. I think this may be a cagier game and I see this ending as 1-1 after 90 minutes (5/2 with bet365), with extra time and then possibly penalties deciding the winner and if it does go to penalties, my money would be on Manchester United to qualify (5/4 with bet365). You could also back the Correct Score bet of Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United at odds of 11/2 with bet365.

As for a goalscorer bet, I think the anytime goalscorer market offers much better value than first or last goalscorer and I think if you wanted to pick a Chelsea player then Eden Hazard at 6/4 (and as their penalty taker) would be my first choice and for Manchester United, with the injuries they have I can see Rashford playing a wider role which means Romelu Lukaku at 15/8 would be my choice here.