Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso, Hazard, Pedro, Morata
De Gea, Bailly, Smalling, Jones, Valencia, Matic, Herrera, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku
Chelsea currently sit on the 4th position, nine points behind the leaders Manchester City and four adrift of the second-placed Manchester United. They must win matches like this if want to stay close to competitive sides for the title. The Blues dropped important eight points at Stamford Bridge so far. They lost to Burnley at the beginning of the season and also lost to Manchester City few rounds ago, while played a goalless draw with Arsenal. Their third defeat was against Crystal Palace on road in October. The last two losing matches happened since N'Golo Kante didn't play due to injury. He also missed the match with Roma in the Champions League during the midweek when Chelsea were outplayed and lost 3:0. It is still uncertain if he will play on this derby. Manager Antonio Conte can not count on injured Victor Moses, while Danny Drinkwater is doubtful. The Blues won the last two Premier League matches, but this derby will be real test. However, something else is important for my pick - Chelsea managed to score just one goal on the last two matches. Here are the results:
31.10.2017. Roma v Chelsea 3:0 - UEFA CHL
28.10.2017. Bournemouth v Chelsea 0:1 - Premier League
Manchester United achieved victory over Benfica (2:0) in the last European match which was their third winning game in row in all competition. They managed to beat Tottenham in the last league match and were better than Swansea in League Cup match (2:0). The Red Devils suffered their first defeat in the Premier League when surprisingly lost to Huddersfield on road. Previously they played extremely defensive at Anfield and shared the points with Liverpool. Jose Mourinho decided to play cautiously and defensively with top sides, so both matches against Tottenham and Liverpool ended with Under 2.5 goals. The Red Devils failed to score against Liverpool and played a goalless draw. They won 1:0 against Tottenham, even had only 3 shots on target. However, the last three matches that United played have finished with Under 2.5 goals. Here are these results:
31.10.2017. Manchester United v Benfica 2:0 - UEFA CHL
28.10.2017. Manchester United v Tottenham 1:0 - Premier League
24.10.2017. Swansea v Manchester United 0:2 - Carabao Cup
Manager Jose Mourinho has some injury worries ahead of this match. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini remain sidelined, while Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard are doubtful in front of this match.
Chelsea vs Manchester United Prediction:
Five from the last six mutual league matches between Chelsea and Manchester United ended with less than three goals. The Blues had superior victory only in the last season when were in great form and won the title. Their performances in this season are not on that level. In addition, players from both teams are tired after played during the midweek. I expect a low scoring match with less than three goals.
Chelsea vs Manchester United Pick: Under 2.5 goals