The final Premier League game of the weekend promises to a cracker on Sunday as table-toppers Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge for a 16:30 kickoff (Chelsea 4/6, Draw 3/1, Manchester United 9/2 – Match Betting).
The Blues have been in fantastic form this season, on both the domestic and European stage, and unless Manchester City defeat West Ham by a seven-goal margin in the 14:00 clash at the Etihad Stadium, Thomas Tuchel’s (pictured) men will start their clash in top spot.
Chelsea (5/2 – Premier League Outright) currently have a one-point lead over second-placed Liverpool, who thrashed Southampton 4-0 on Saturday to close the gap, while the Citizens are three points off the summit and the Hammers are six adrift.
Tuchel’s side arrive off the back of a 4-0 thumping of Juventus in midweek, a result which secured the reigning European Champions’ place in the last-16 stage of the competition, and that victory extended their unbeaten record to 10 matches across all competitions.
Chelsea have also lost just one of their six home league games this season and they will be feeling confident of overcoming a United side that head into the contest under the guidance of interim boss Michael Carrick.
The former midfielder made a good start to life at the helm, beating Villarreal 2-0 in midweek to secure the club’s place in the last 16 of the Champions League, but this will be a real test for the Red Devils.
United (5/4 – Top 4 Finish) lost their last league outing, going down 4-1 at Watford, and that turned out to be the final nail in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coffin, who was sacked the following day.
Ralf Rangnick is reportedly on the verge of being appointed until the end of the season but his move is believed to be being delayed by work permit issues and he won’t be in the dugout on Sunday.
Chelsea will be without left-back Ben Chilwell, who may need surgery after suffering a knee ligament injury during their win over Juventus, and the midfield duo of N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.
However, former Red Devil Romelu Lukaku (11/1 – PL Golden Boot Winner) is in line for a return and he can be backed at 23/20 to score anytime during the match, while he is 10/3 to bag the first or last goal of the game.
United are without captain Harry Maguire after his red card against Watford, left-back Luke Shaw may miss out again with a head injury, while Fred and Edinson Cavani are both doubtful.
Not all hope is lost for the Red Devils as they haven’t lost against Chelsea in the past seven league meetings, but it will take a big effort if they are going to halt this in-form Chelsea side.