Manchester United Welcomes Chelsea in the Premier League ClassicPublished April 16, 2017 by Florin P
Mourinho goes against his former team trying to bring Manchester United back in the Champions League mix. (4:00 a.m UK Time).
Manchester United squandered plenty of valuable points against mediocre opponents in 2017. Even so, they are still within striking distance of their city rivals and could secure the last Champions League spot. All their dreams would simply vanish if the Reds failed to win at home against Chelsea. The visitors are almost certain of winning the Premier League, but would definitely like to strike a blow to Mourinho.
A Match of High Expectations at Old Trafford
Mourinho will try to prove his former team that it was a mistake to let him go. Manchester United needs this victory direly, so defeating Chelsea at Old Trafford is mandatory for the Portuguese manager. It will to some extent justify the significant investments made during the season break. The most important thing is that such a victory will restore the confidence of players and give them an incentive to play better.
Manchester United lost a single match at home this entire season, but nine out of 16 matches ended undecided. Another draw against Chelsea wouldn’t be a disaster under these circumstances, but the hosts aspire for more. Five players are either injured or doubtful, yet none of them serves offensive roles.
Chelsea Tries to Extend Undefeated Run
Manchester United failed to defeat Chelsea in the last 12 matches and this is something that both the fans and the players are fully aware of. The Blues can play it safe on the road, knowing that the pressure is on the hosts. A point claimed at Old Trafford wouldn’t be that bad for the visitors, as it would virtually ensure their Premier League title.
Punters should side with Manchester United, which is the motivated team and the one that has home pitch advantage. Risk-averse players can take the even odds offered by bet365 Sports on the draw no bet market and have the stakes returned if the match ends undecided.