Manchester United v Chelsea betting tips: Blues look better equipped for Old Trafford coup
Preview, odds and Manchester United v Chelsea betting tips
Manchester United’s slim hopes of playing Champions League football next season will be put to the test on Thursday when they host third-placed Chelsea.
Six points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, who have played a game fewer, it is small wonder United are 50/1 in the Premier League top-four odds as they look to avoid a third successive defeat.
The Red Devils are 11/5 to beat Thomas Tuchel’s side, so let’s look at some of the odds and markets in our Manchester United v Chelsea betting tips.
Manchester United v Chelsea form
Ralf Rangnick provided an honest assessment of United’s chances of finishing in the top four following Saturday’s defeat at Arsenal.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored and had one ruled out for a marginal offside, Bruno Fernandes struck the post from the penalty spot and Diogo Dalot twice struck the woodwork, but United still went down to a 3-1 defeat at the Emirates in a vastly improved performance from their 4-0 drubbing by Liverpool.
Rangnick, who will be replaced by Ajax coach Erik ten Hag at the end of the season, said: “Look at the table and the teams with Tottenham and Arsenal, I think it is not very realistic to dream and speak about the top four.”
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 26, 2022
United have lost three of their last five Premier League games with their only victory during that spell a nervy and slightly fortunate 3-2 victory over bottom-of-the-table Norwich at Old Trafford where Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.
On the plus side, they are seven games unbeaten in front of their own fans, three of which came by one-goal margins of victory which can be backed at 19/5.
However, their form suggests otherwise and it may be better to side with Chelsea, who have the second best away record in the Premier League (W11 D3 L2) and are 6/5 to make it five successive wins on the road.
The Blues conceded just once during that spell and are 16/5 to win to nil for the 16th time this season, the third highest in the Premier League.
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— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 26, 2022
The west Londoners were drawing at half-time in six of those wins, so we go 9/2 on Draw HT/Chelsea FT, while they are 14/5 to be ahead at the break and the full-time whistle.
However, they struggled to break down a weakened West Ham team at the weekend and needed a last-minute winner from Christian Pulisic to nick the points four days after they suffered a shock 4-2 home defeat by Arsenal.
Manchester United v Chelsea head to head
Although the Blues are favourites to come out on top on Thursday, they have failed to win any of their last eight top-flight matches against United.
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— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 25, 2022
Last season, both matches finished goalless which can be backed at 11/1, while a repeat of November’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge is 11/2 in Thursday’s Manchester United v Chelsea betting tips.
The last four matches have involved two goals or fewer and that option is available at evens, while at least one team not to score is priced at 6/5 despite that market paying out in four of the past five meetings.
Manchester United v Chelsea team news
Rangnick has six players unavailable for Thursday’s match, including skipper Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho.
Centre-back Maguire is out with a knee problem and winger Sancho missed training with tonsillitis which means he is also a non-starter, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka is doubtful.
🔊 "We have quite a few players missing tomorrow, and one or two still with question marks, so we will have to wait and see [who will be involved]," Ralf adds.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 27, 2022
Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw were all unavailable for the defeat at Arsenal and remain absent, as does midfielder Fred after a negative reaction upon returning to training.
For Chelsea, Tuchel hopes Reece James and Real Madrid-bond Antonio Rudiger will be able to return to action at Old Trafford, but Mateo Kovacic will miss out with continued ankle ligament trouble.
Ronaldo is the 4/1 favourite to get the ball rolling on Thursday and 6/4 to score, while Bruno Fernandes is 6/1 and 9/4 despite his place being under threat following some below-par performances lately.
With United’s confidence low it’s hard to look beyond Ronaldo scoring from the United ranks, but Anthony Elanga looks an interesting option to break the deadlock at 10/1 respectively or 7/2 to find the net.
Chelsea forward Kai Havertz has 13 goals for the season in all competitions and is 9/2 to draw first blood or 7/4 just to score, while in-form compatriot Timo Werner is 13/2 and 12/5 in the two options in our Manchester United v Chelsea betting tips.
Mason Mount has rediscovered his scoring touch lately with four goals in five appearances and is 11/2 and 2/1 in the two markets, while Jorginho is 7/2 to atone for his awful penalty against West Ham by scoring on Thursday.
Where: Old Trafford
When: 19:45, Thursday 28th April
How to watch: Sky Sports
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication