Preview - Manchester United vs Chelsea 12 August 19

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Aug 09, 2019, 05:16 AM Last Edit: Aug 12, 2019, 03:40 AM by Harry85
Match Day 1
Manchester United vs. Chelsea
Monday, August 12th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United: 
Last five matches form: L L D D L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.71
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.42
Top Scorer (18/19): Paul Pogba (13)

Chelsea:
Last five matches form: L D D W D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.66
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.03
Top Scorer (18/19): Pedro ( 8 )

Easily the most eye-catching fixture on the opening weekend in the Premier League comes at Old Trafford, as Manchester United play host to Frank Lampard's Chelsea.

There are new faces around at Old Trafford, but the summer hasn't seen quite the complete overhaul that many predicted. We do have significant changes at Chelsea though, with the mercurial Eden Hazard now departed and Lampard unproven in the hotseat at this level.

There was nothing to split the sides in the league last season, with this game finishing 1-1 and the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge ending 2-2.

Eric Bailly misses out at the back for Manchester United, but the Red Devils look to be otherwise at full strength. Antonio RĂ¼diger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all side-lined for Chelsea.

It is the back line of Manchester United which has received a major overall with what look to be two excellent additions in Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Daniel James brings additional pace to the frontline.

Christian Pulisic is the star addition to the Chelsea squad, with the American possessing the quality to light up this league. They do look a little short up front though with Tammy Abraham the man likely to be entrusted from the start.

This is a tough introduction to life as a Premier League manager for Frank Lampard. He showed enough at Derby to suggest he won't be overawed though and much like last season we see this one ending in a draw.



Prediction: Manchester United 1 - 1 Chelsea

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 4 - 0
Shots:  6 - 12
Shots on target: 5 - 7
Corner Kicks: 3 -5
Possession:  49% - 51%

Seven cards dished out in total in the season opener at Old Trafford. Referee Anthony Taylor taking the names of Jesse Lingard, Victor Lindelof and Anthony Martial of Manchester United and Kurt Zouma, Jorginho, Tammy Abraham and N'Golo Kante of Chelsea.

A wide margin win for United in the end, but that final score line doesn't really tell the whole story here. Chelsea were much the better side in the first half, and things could certainly have been different had one of their early chances found the net. In the end though the Blues were forced to chase the game once falling behind, and that played perfectly into the hands of Manchester United's counter-attacking style. Credit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men though, they were pretty ruthless in pushing their advantage home.

Chelsea went close as early as the third minute - Tammy Abraham smashing in a snapshot from the edge of the area which crashed against the left hand upright.

It was however United who struck first after 18 minutes. Marcus Rashford tripped in the area by Kurt Zouma and the referee pointing to the spot. Rashford himself stepping up to fire into the left-hand side.

Chelsea rattled the woodwork once more though Emerson, but the home side held their advantage heading into the break.

The second arrived in the 65th minute. United hitting on the break through Rashford, and the ball making its way out to Andreas Pereira on the right. Fine low ball into the middle from Pereira to find Anthony Martial for the tap in from around four yards out in a central area.

17 seconds after the restart it was three. Delightful ball over the top from Paul Pogba catching Chelsea napping and latched onto by Rashford. One touch to control and one to finish into the bottom right from the England man.

The home side then put the icing on the cake nine minutes from time. Pogba driving forward on the break and finding new boy Daniel James in the right of the area. James delaying his effort before firing into the bottom left - via a slight deflection - from around eight yards out on the right. 4-0 final score.


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