Match Preview: Chelsea expected to defeat Manchester United

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Both teams have been struggling at the moment, although one is in a greater position than the other as they both prepare to play against each other on Thursday night.

Chelsea have had some real trouble on the pitch recently, especially when it comes down to playing at Stamford Bridge in front of a reduced crowd.

Before the club’s win against West Ham United at the weekend, the Blues had conceded 11 goals in the previous three matches to have been played in SW6. They conceded four against Brentford in a shock defeat, before conceding three against Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final 1st leg defeat and then a following four were conceded against Arsenal last week in a 2-4 defeat.

Of course, Thomas Tuchel will have hoped his side will have bucked the trend and despite confirming that Antonio Rudiger will be leaving at the end of his contract this summer, it seems the betting odds are in their favour, too.

According to the Betway Sportsbook, Chelsea are priced at 5/4 when they visit Old Trafford and take on Manchester United on Thursday night. Those who wish to wager will want to use the amazing special bonuses and promotions that are on offer!

Naturally, there is perhaps a reason why the Blues are favoured to win this encounter, as Ralf Rangnick’s squad are in complete disarray.

Whilst he will be replaced by Erik ten Hag at the end of the season, the current boss has been scathing with the criticism he has provided on the group of players he has, whilst there have been rumours of players speaking out and saying that there is nothing going right at the club.

Paul Pogba looks to have already played his last game, whilst performances are far from even a satisfactory level on the pitch. Indeed, their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday perhaps summed things up the most when Bruno Fernandes missed his penalty.

That defeat perhaps put them out of contention for qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season, although with Tottenham Hotspur having failed to capitalise, it would seem the Red Devils have one final chance to try and position themselves within a chance of acquiring fourth; a position no team seems to want as each of Arsenal, Spurs, and Man U. continue to struggle with consistency.

Nonetheless, with Chelsea’s players seemingly appearing to already be on holiday, perhaps United will find what they need. If they do not, then they will want to avoid repeat performances of those against Liverpool and Arsenal at the very least.