Looking to make a much-needed return to winning ways while on Premier League duties, Chelsea will be hoping to extend their buffer in the top-four when they welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Now playing out back-to-back 2-2 draws against Leicester and Arsenal, the Blues’ top-four buffer has been cut down to just two points after a run of form that has seen them win just one of their last five top-flight appearances.
On the flip side, also playing out their own stalemate against Wolves last time out, United have continued on what has been nothing short of a woeful campaign.
However, while the Reds might also be on a run that has seen them win just one of their last five Premier League outings, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men do hold an eye-catching record against Monday’s hosts.
Picking up a 2-1 win when the two sides faced off back in October, United have won three of their last four meetings against Chelsea and a similar victory for the former champions can be found at 16/5 with Ladbrokes.
Chelsea underline top-four credentials
Still electing to give youth a chance at Stamford Bridge this season, Frank Lampard’s starlet still find themselves in pole position to secure another top-four finish this year.
Likely to be boosted by the news that Ajax talisman Hakim Ziyech will be joining the West London outfit this summer, the former England midfielder finds his side holding a two-point buffer from slipping out of the Champions League spots.
While leading marksman Tammy Abraham might be in the midst of a sluggish patch, Chelsea do still hold a fearsome reputation for their performances in the final third.
With defender Antonio Rüdiger bagging a brace in the Blues’ 2-2 draw at the King Power earlier in the month, Monday’s hosts have now recorded at least a pair of strikes in five of their last six matches across all competitions.
Also scoring seven goals in just their last three appearances on home soil, you might be interested to know that betting offers like Lampard’s youngsters can be found pencilled in at 5/6 with 888sport to once again bag over 1.5 strikes on Monday.
While United may have been boosted by the sight of January arrival Bruno Fernandes making his Old Trafford debut last time out, the Reds could only muster a point against Wolves and have continued on what has been a woeful run of form.
Including a shock 2-0 defeat against Burnley last month, there is no doubt that Head Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have a growing headache over his side’s continued issues in the final third.
Still unable to call upon leading marksman Marcus Rashford, United have now failed to find the net in four of their last five Premier League appearances.
In fact, Monday’s guests have failed to score in three consecutive league games for the first time since October 2016.
Also failing to find the net in three of their last four Premier League matches away from Old Trafford, United can be found priced at 13/8 with William Hill to draw another blank on Monday night.