Premier League football resumes this Thursday as Manchester United welcome struggling Chelsea to Old Trafford for the penultimate match of the 2022/23 season.
The Red Devils come into this tie looking to seal a return to the Champions League after taking a giant step towards a top-four finish in their last outing.
Erik ten Hag’s men beat Bournemouth 1-0 last time to ensure they need just one point from their remaining two league games to qualify for the Champions League next season.
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If the visit from struggling Chelsea on Thursday doesn’t inspire confidence, the fact that their last ten games will come at home should. Man United have been almost impeccable at home this season, as they are unbeaten at Old Trafford since September (W23, D4).
Yet, Chelsea are not an easy nut to crack for Man United. The Blues have beaten them 18 times in Premier League (PL) history, with only Liverpool doing so more often.
But the visitors have not enjoyed much success at Old Trafford recently as they are winless since May 2013 (W3, D6 since).
Having lost their 15th game of the season last time when a youthful Manchester City side embarrassingly beat them, Frank Lampard’s side will finish in the bottom half of that table for the first time in this century.
They will be hoping to save face and at least put up a fight. But the fact that Chelsea have won just two of their last 16 away games in all competitions (D3, L11) suggests they will have another poor away outing.
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