Kick-off: 1630, 11/08/2019
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: Sky Sports
Frank Lampard’s reign as Chelsea boss begins with a tough trip to Manchester United and he would no doubt settle for picking up a point at Old Trafford.
Lampard was playing the last time the London outfit won here in the Premier League back in 2013, but the Blues have shared the spoils four times in six visits since then.
Both Premier League meetings between these teams ended in stalemate last season and 23/10 for another draw is our initial Man Utd vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United finished last term in disarray, losing eight of their final 12 matches in all competitions, including an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Cardiff on the closing day here.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had previously enjoyed an extended honeymoon period of 14 wins in 17 games after replacing Jose Mourinho, but now has plenty of questions to answer.
A positive transfer window will help with the rebuilding process, though, with £80million centre-half Harry Maguire expected to shore up a shaky rearguard.
Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was another costly recruit at £50m but has looked worth every penny in a promising run of pre-season performances.
Swansea flyer Daniel James could prove a snip at £15m and the move towards young, athletic players suggests Solskjaer is keen to copy the high-tempo tactics used so successfully by neighbours City and Liverpool.
Maguire declared: “From my conversations with the manager, I am excited about the vision and plans he has for the team. It’s clear to see that Ole is building a team to win trophies.”
It may take a bit of time to settle into a rhythm, though, so 15/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time takes the eye from the Man Utd vs Chelsea odds.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea finished last season on a high note, snatching third place from Tottenham and then crushing Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final.
However, in the aftermath of that superb Baku success, two widely-predicted exits darkened the mood at Stamford Bridge.
Maurizio Sarri’s switch to Juventus was far from a disaster, of course, but Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid has robbed the Blues of their main attacking threat.
Christian Pulisic was snapped up from Borussia Dortmund for £58million before a transfer ban came into force, so he will help to fill the void – but only slightly.
It is up to Lampard to lift spirits at the club where he became a legend as a player and the early signs are that he does have the dressing room on his side.
“I like his energy and desire to always improve and win,” said Olivier Giroud. “We’ve been training very hard, with high intensity.
“We all believe in his quality to improve the team and it’s a good opportunity for the young players to show what they can do.”
There is still enough quality in this squad to be competitive and 23/4 for a 1-1 draw completes our Man Utd vs Chelsea betting tips, just as the scoreline was here in late April.
MAN UTD 0-2 Cardiff
CHELSEA 4-1 Arsenal – Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Eden Hazard (2)
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