Dave South (@LockupTipster) previews Chelsea Vs Manchester United and provides us with his best bets for Monday’s 20:00pm kick off by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Chelsea v Manchester United Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 18/02/19
  • Time: 20:00
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Channel: BBC one HD

Both sides come into this with their respective European campaigns looking positive in the Europa League and bleak respectively in the Champions League. Manchester United are in a tricky position come the second leg, so is the FA Cup a trophy they should be hunting over?

Chelsea could become the first team to eliminate Manchester United in five consecutive FA Cup meetings. They are 8/13 to qualify for the quarter-finals as the tie will be settled on the night. Stats backers will be aware that Manchester United have lost three of their five FA Cup matches against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Team News

Ruben Loftus-Cheek missed Thursday's trip to Malmo due to a back injury and he is a doubt here.

Maurizio Sarri is expected to go with a near full strength team on Monday night, meaning Callum Hudson-Odoi will have to settle for a place on the bench.

Ross Barkley will hope to keep his place in the team after scoring on Thursday.

Paris Saint-Germain handed Manchester United a reality check in midweek and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need pick his players up for the second of three tough games in a row.

Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial didn't even make it out for the second half against PSG and will miss out here. Alexis Sanchez is reported to have also picked up an injury and he is a doubt.

Romelu Lukaku will return to the starting XI to start against his former club. Solskjaer could play Lukaku centrally on his own or up front with Marcus Rashford in attack.

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will push to start against the Blues and Solskjaer may even pick both at Stamford Bridge. Fringe players like Diogo Dalot, Sergio Romero, Fred and Andreas Pereira will also hope to play.

Potential Chelsea Starting XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpillcueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Higuain and Hazard

Potential Manchester United Starting XI: Romero, Shaw, Jones, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Herrera, Mata, Rashford and Lukaku

Head To Head

  • Chelsea 3-1-2 (Last six)

Key Stats & Facts

  • Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 FA Cup matches.
  • Man Utd have won 7 of their last 8 FA Cup matches.
  • Chelsea have won 6 of their last 7 FA Cup matches.
  • Man Utd have been winning at half time and full time in 5 of their last 7 FA Cup matches.
  • Chelsea are undefeated in their last 10 home matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
  • Man Utd have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 FA Cup matches.

Betting Odds

  • Chelsea – 13/12 Unibet
  • Draw – 11/4 Bet365
  • Man Utd – 11/4 Bet365

The Verdict

From the reports I have been reading the Chelsea moral is apparently low and with Manchester United in a precarious position from exiting from the Champions League, other than top four this is what United have left to achieve this season. With recent records against Chelsea, they will want to overcome the bogey nature of the side in this competition.

Chelsea have the advantage winning away at Malmo on Thursday night and will host the return fixture within 72 hours of the fixture and have enough depth in their squad to try and park the bus in their Europa League tie.

With the match odds at a shade of odds against, may appeal to some backers but not us. Manchester United appear to be in the better position in view of moral and despite their first defeat in a number of matches against PSG in the Champions League, Ole will want to shake off any dressing room anxiety that this is nothing more than a blip.

As the tie is settled on the night, Manchester United are 6/4 with Hills to get through the tie, with Chelsea 8/13 with Betfair. This is potentially be a huge match for both managers. Sarri is still under pressure, while a successive defeat for Solskjaer would seriously dent his ambitions of getting the job on a full-time basis.

United have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2012 and have generally struggled away to Chelsea since then, so this is worth some consideration.

The bet we are looking towards is the popular bet builder on bet365 and think that Manchester United will need to attempt to score to get through the tie. Adding the corners perspective into the mix, we are taking a cautious Chelsea to get 3+ corners, which has been achieved in all but one home game for the blues. Manchester United for 3+ corners have been passed in 10-14, which stat wise may put you off, but the safer type bet pays 4/5 with Bet365.

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