In what is rightfully being tipped as the marquee fixture in this weekend’s Premier League return, a big-spending Manchester United have their sights firmly set on securing a top-four return this season and will open the new campaign when Chelsea make the trip to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Although a disappointing end to the year saw the Red Devils have to settle for a Europa League finish, Ole Gunnar Solskaer’s side have found some momentum during pre-season.
Picking up a penalties victory over AC Milan in their final International Champions Cup appearance, United secured six consecutive wins over the summer, including victories over Spurs and Inter Milan.
On the flip side, Chelsea are another side who have enjoyed a bright summer under new Head Coach, Frank Lampard.
While the Blues might be working under a transfer ban this summer and unable to add any new additions to their squad, the Blues enjoyed a four-match unbeaten run over the summer, a run that saw them pick up a 2-1 win over Barcelona last month.
Involved in a string of high-scoring encounters during pre-season and with each of their last four appearances seeing over 3.5 goals at full-time, you will be interested to know that a similar result on Sunday can be found at 12/5 with Bet365.
Manchester United’s British revolution?
Undoubtedly the biggest news coming out of Manchester this summer was the arrival of Harry Maguire in a world-record deal for a defender.
With Solskaer desperate for the former Leicester man to offer some much-needed stability to a side that could only record a pair of clean sheets at Old Trafford last season, Maguire isn’t the only British arrival that has got people talking.
Breaking the £100million mark this summer and also recruiting both England U21 full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wales international Daniel James, the pair have continued to shine during pre-season.
With United’s Norwegian boss praising their transfer policy this summer, they can now be found at 6/5 with Sky Bet to secure a top-four return this season.
Along with Solskaer adding a number of new British faces to his squad during the transfer window, the 2019/2020 campaign could be an extremely important one for another England international in Marcus Rashford.
With United allowing Romelu Lukaku to secure an Italian switch to Inter Milan on Deadline Day, Rashford has been installed as Solskaer’s #1 attacking option and it appears the majority of the goal-scoring burden will fall on the 21-year-old’s shoulders.
Signing a new four-year deal at Old Trafford last month, Rashford can be found at 8/5 with Bet365 to open his account this weekend.
No Hazard, no party?
Elsewhere in the race to secure a top-four finish, Chelsea are desperate for Frank Lampard to make an immediate impact and build off the side that clinched the Europa League title out in Baku in May.
Still in the midst of a transfer ban and unable to add any new additions to their squad until next summer, that doesn’t mean Chelsea weren’t heavily involved in the market over the summer.
With Eden Hazard securing a “dream” move to Real Madrid last month, the big question for Lampard is, who can step up and fill the wingers void?
Still waiting on Callum Hudson-Odoi to put pen to paper on a new deal in West London, there also remains plenty of speculations over who will lead the line for Chelsea this season.
With Alvaro Morata also moving to the Spanish capital on a permanent basis this summer, Lampard could put his faith in England youth star, Tammy Abraham.
Playing a crucial role in Aston Villa’s Premier League return last season, the 21-year-old bagged 25 goals for last year’s Play-off winners and has been pencilled in at 2/1 with William Hill to grab his first Premier League goal in Royal Blue this weekend.
Betting Tip: Both teams to score – 3/4 @ Bet365