Manchester United – Chelsea | 24/10/2020

Manchester United welcome fellow top-four hopefuls Chelsea to Old Trafford on Saturday for the headline fixture of gameweek six of the 2020-21 Premier League season. The Red Devils go into the match off the back of a memorable Champions League triumph in Paris, while Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Sevilla in midweek.

Unbeaten in seven home league matches vs Chelsea (W3, D4) Manchester United are buoyant after an excellent midweek win (2-1 vs PSG). However, they are winless in the last three Premier League (PL) matches (D2, L1) to be played after European involvements, conceding first inside the opening half-hour each time.

Should the ‘Red Devils’ lose, they will have done so in three consecutive top-flight home games for the first time since the 1978/79 campaign. Overall, they are on a run of four PL home games without victory (D2, L2 – GF 5, GA 12), with 25% of their goals conceded therein coming from the penalty spot. Three of the matches saw them trail by one goal at the 15-minute mark.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard oversaw a 4-0 defeat in this fixture last term, for a traumatic league debut as the Blues’ manager. At present, his all-time PL record vs other permanent managers representing a former club since the start of 2019/20 is poor: W1, D3, L4. Five (62.5%) of those matches saw the host of the day score first inside 30 minutes.

Additionally, Chelsea conceded an average of 1.29 goals after the hour mark across the matches drawn/lost in the above sequence. However, the damage has been done much earlier across Chelsea’s last three PL away games drawn/lost overall, with the ‘Blues’ conceding an average of 2.67 goals before HT (1-30’: 1.67) across that trio.


Date: 24/10/2020
Time: 19:30
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester)
Pick for this match:
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