Chelsea travel to Old Trafford this weekend for a Premier League clash with Manchester United. The Blues have not been in the best form of late with only one win from their last five matches in all competitions. Frank Lampard is beginning to feel the pressure but showed that he can address problem areas in the club’s Champions League fixture in midweek.
Following a disappointing 3-3 home draw to Southampton, in which they repeatedly let their opponents claw back the deficit, the Blues took on La Liga outfit Sevilla at Stamford Bridge. While the goalless draw that followed was dull for neutrals, Lampard would have been encouraged by the defensive display. It was a second clean sheet in three matches for a team with well-documented problems at the back.
There’s no doubt that they are stronger with Edouard Mendy in goal than with the error-prone and confidence-shot Kepa. The next problem area for Lampard to address is his team’s poor away record. Chelsea have failed to win five of their last six away matches in all competitions.
They didn’t fare well the last time they faced United away in the league, Lampard’s Chelsea managerial debut ending in a 4-0 defeat. He went on to lose twice more to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the course of the campaign before finally getting a win over the baby-faced United boss in the FA Cup semi-final.
One of the most eye-catching results of the midweek fixtures was United’s win away to Paris Saint-Germain. It was a further sign of United’s recovery from a home battering at the hands of Tottenham. The Red Devils are on one of the best away runs of form in the club’s history, unbeaten in 18 of their last 19 matches on the road. It is United’s home record that could use serious improvement as they have failed to win four of the last six matches at Old Trafford.
Their last two games on home turf saw them concede nine goals, a goals-against column that Timo Werner and company could increase. Yet the performance away to PSG suggests that United have turned a corner and that could be trouble for Chelsea.
The odds are good for whatever outcome you choose, they are available on Wincomparator for this and the rest of Premier League games, what is set up to be a fascinating game that could feature plenty of goals.