EPL Betting Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester United – Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021

by Boris Angelov | November 27, 2021 |

Premier League leaders Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Super Sunday. 

Chelsea will be looking to claim their first Premier League win over Manchester United since November 2017, when Antonio Conte's Chelsea claimed a 1-0 win over Jose Mourinho's United at Stamford Bridge, courtesy of Álvaro Morata's brilliant header. 

All in all, The Blues are winless in their last seven league games against The Red Devils, only having a longer run without a league victory against them once before (10 in a row between 1938 and 1950).

Chelsea Betting Preview

Unbeaten in their last 10 matches in all competitions – since the back-to-back 1-0 defeats to Manchester City and Juventus two months ago – Chelsea will be keen to extend their strong form against one of their main Premier League rivals. 

The Blues are flying under Thomas Tuchel as they sit top of the table after 12 games, yet there's no room for slowing down. The Blues are one point above Liverpool, following The Reds' comfortable win over Southampton on Saturday, and a positive outcome against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge would mean that they will remain on top, no matter what happens in Manchester City's match against West Ham early on Sunday. 

They produced a dominant performance to ease past Italian giants Juventus 4-0 in their Champions League game in midweek. It was The Old Lady's heaviest defeat in the Champions League and clearly demonstrated Chelsea's tactical discipline and quality as a serious contender to defend the European trophy and to also storm the Premier League. 

Thomas Tuchel already got 32 wins from 50 games as Chelsea manager and the Blues have also kept an impressive number of 31 clean sheets over the period. The German, who took over from club legend Frank Lampard in January, already won two European trophies – the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup – and transformed Chelsea into one of the best teams in Europe right now. 

They have now conceded just 24 goals in Tuchel's first 50 games at the helm – a record for a manager in charge of a British club. They also boast the best defense in the Premier League this season, conceding only four goals so far and their success is based on solid defending. 

Ben Chilwell and N'Golo Kanté went off injured against Juventus and while Kanté should be ready soon, Tuchel will now have to find a way to deal without one of his most in-form players as Chilwell has a partial injury of his ACL and will be ruled out for the next six weeks at the very least.

So Marcos Alonso is set to start as a left-wing back as the Spaniard also made a strong start to the season but eventually tailed off. Alonso can offer a great attacking outlet down the left flank, his delivery, including set pieces, from wide areas, is usually good and is a huge boost, especially for a side that is strong from dead-ball situations.

Veteran Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger should start against United, while Trevoh Chalobah, who made his first European start for his boyhood club, could make way for either captain César Azpilicueta or Andreas Christensen in Chelsea's back three. 

Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic is also injured so Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who revives his career under Tuchel, should start alongside Jorginho in the middle of the park. Ross Barkley and Saul Niguez are also pushing for starts.

Romelu Lukaku returned to Chelsea's matchday squad but the Belgian forward may not start against his former club, so Kai Havertz will likely lead the line if the German overcomes his own hamstring problem in time. Otherwise, Timo Werner could start up front. 

Another player who's flourishing under Tuchel – Callum Hudson-Odoi – has started seven straight games for The Blues and is enjoying his best spell for the west London side.

Manchester United Betting Preview

Having won just one of their last seven Premier League matches – a 3-0 win against a clueless Tottenham on October 30 – Manchester United will be looking to get their first League win in the post-Solskjær era. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjær's departure after last weekend’s fiasco at Watford at least produced a quick response as The Red Devils booked their place in the Champions League knockouts by beating Villarreal. 

The Red Devils have a terrible defensive record, conceding 21 goals in 12 games – the joint-third worst record in the English top-flight. However, the United players will be keen to impress the new interim boss Ralf Rangnick after a run of terrible league results (winning only one of their last seven games and losing five) – including abysmal defeats to fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City and Liverpool, either of them at Old Trafford.

Ralf Rangnick has been appointed as interim manager on a six-month contract. The 63-year-old German, who has built an impressive reputation during his time in Germany, is ready to join The Red Devils but will lead the side this weekend against Chelsea while he waits for his work permit.

Solskjaer's assistant Michael Carrick, who took charge of Manchester United on Tuesday for the 2-0 victory at Villarreal, was placed in temporary charge, with the club saying he would be in the dugout against Chelsea. 

Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes and attacker Marcus Rashford will likely return to the starting side at the expense of Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial, respectively, while Jadon Sancho will keep his place – scoring his first goal for the club against Villarreal. 

Captain Harry Maguire is suspended so Eric Bailly is set to start alongside Victor Lindelof at center-back, while Raphael Varane – the man who was brought to stabilize United's defense – continues his recovery. 

Elsewhere, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, and Mason Greenwood are also sidelined for United, while Luke Shaw and Fred are both doubts. 

Alex Telles will keep his place at left-back if Luke Show is not ready to start, while Fred, who picked up a knock to his ankle, is expected to be ready for the weekend. If Fred is not fully fit to start, veteran Nemanja Matic could also start against his former club, as well as Donny van Beek, who will be eager to get more playing time from now on.

Possible Starting Lineups of Chelsea and Manchester United 

Chelsea: Edouard Mendy – César Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger – Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Marcos Alonso – Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi – Timo Werner. (3-4-2-1) 

Manchester United: David de Gea – Aaron Wan Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Alex Telles – Scott McTominay, Fred – Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford – Cristiano Ronaldo. (4-2-3-1) 

Spooky Express Betting Predictions 

Both sides were involved in two goalless draws in their head-to-head meetings last season but we expect a completely different intensity and atmosphere at a full Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are strong favorites to extend United's agony but we believe that The Red Devils will hope to benefit from the managerial change and we don't expect an easy game for the home side. 

Manchester United has kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Premier League matches against Chelsea. The only club to record a shutout in more successive league matches against the London Blues is Newcastle, as The Magpies managed six in a row between 1913 and 1919.

Remarkably, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just one goal in 15 matches against Chelsea across all competitions, doing so in the 2008 Champions League final. The Blues are the side he had faced the most in the English top-flight (10 games) without scoring. 

However, if there's someone who can possibly inspire this generation of Manchester United – this has to be Ronaldo and we expect him to score this time. 

Spooky Express Free Play 1: Both Teams to Score – Yes -125 @ BetOnline for 7/10 Units

Spooky Express Free Play 2: Cristiano Ronaldo To Score At Least 1 Goal +179 @ BetOnline for 3/10 Units

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