Manchester United needs a single point

Manchester United needs a single point

Manchester United clash with Chelsea, with hopes of earning the single point they need to guarantee their spots in the Champions League. Chelsea on the other hand can only finish their campaign in the mid-table, after their struggles this season. Although Man United is at the fourth of the league table, they are still not guaranteed of their Champions League spot. They are still fighting for their spot against Liverpool, which is why they need to win here. As for Chelsea, they are at the 12th of the league table with 43 points. The best finish for Chelsea is a 11th place finish, with an additional three points. This meeting will be on May 26, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8), with Man United playing as hosts.

These two football giants have been going against each other for 192 matches already, where it was the hosts having the advantage. They won 81 of those 192 matches, as opposed to the 55 victories of the visitors. Additionally, the hosts has a good momentum coming into this game, as they are unbeaten in their last 10 matches against the visitors in the league. As for the visitors, they are winless in their last nine matches on the road against Man United. They last won against Man United on the road in 2013, with a score line of 1-0. This is also the case in this campaign, as they lost three of their last five away games in the league.

Manchester United

Premier League: Manchester United
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Man United is yearning for a win or at least a draw in this match to earn the one point that they need for the Champions League. A win in this match could make them climb to the third of the league table. It is not impossible for them to win here though as they have been impressive this season. Fortunately for Man United, they are coming into this match from a 1-0 win against Bournemouth. Coming into this game, they have the confidence due to their results, but are aiming for the same result. Erik ten Hag’s leadership brought success to Man United, as they have improved a lot under him. Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes are the two players who leads Man United on their recent matches.

Marcus Rashford, who was absent for Man United for their previous week, is expected to return in this match. Martinez, Heaton, van de Beek, Sabitzer, and Jones, all remains to be on the sidelines due to their injuries.

Chelsea

Premier League: Chelsea
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Chelsea is a team who is sitting at the 12th of the league table, and the best finish they can have is the 11th spot. They are currently with 43 points, and an additional three points would give them 46 points and be at the 11th. Chelsea have not been on their best this season, as they have been in a gloomy form recently. Coming into this game, Chelsea is from a 1-0 loss against Man City, and are now eager to bounce back from that loss. Although Chelsea no longer have the chance for a spot in the European stage, they still want to win here. They are looking to end their season on a positive note, winning against Man United. However, if they want to be successful in doing so, they need to address their issues, and score a win for the last time this season.

Chelsea have been battling with injuries after injuries, which is a major blow for them. Benoit Badiashile suffered a groin problem on their training, which keeps him out here. Along with him were Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Armando Broja, N’Golo Kante, Marc Cucurella, Marcus Bettinellu, and Reece James. Fortunately, Joao Felix will be back from his minor injury.

Prediction:

Manchester United (2.0)
Odds: -0.97

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