Ole is no longer at the wheel at Old Trafford, with the Norwegian finally being put of his misery after a 4-1 humbling at the hands of Watford. It now falls to his previous assistants Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher to take charge of the team and it’s a big ask for them to bring about an improvement in results.

The duo will oversee a Champions League clash away to Villarreal before preparing the team for this encounter at Stamford Bridge and it will be interesting to see how the side line up. This includes the personnel that will be on the pitch along with the formation, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence in the team being a problem.

As you might expect, the Red Devils are the big betting outsiders for this clash. On the flip side, some of their better performances have come on the road this term. Aside from humblings at the hands of Leicester and Watford, there have been victories away to West Ham, Tottenham and Wolves. Yes, there might have been some fortune but that’s often the case when you have match winners.

The obvious port of call for Carrick and Fletcher is to be far more solid from a defensive point-of-view. Harry Maguire will be suspended for this encounter and it’s hard to see how the rearguard won’t creak with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly in the heart of the defence. However, Donny van de Beek could play his part in the team.

The Dutchman was criminally underused by Solskjaer during his time at the club and perhaps this is where the former Ajax midfielder comes to the fore, with the big dilemma being how Bruno Fernandes can be best used after a difficult time of things since the arrival of his compatriot.

Ultimately, it won’t really matter as a composed and dangerous Chelsea set about their business at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel’s side are sheer quality from a defensive and attacking point-of-view, with full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell roving forward and proving to be devastating.

Antonio Rudiger is arguably the best centre half in the English Premier League right now and perhaps this is where we see the long-awaited return of Romelu Lukaku. The striker might have to contend with a place on the bench and there’s some serious competition for places in this Chelsea squad.

Rather than punt Chelsea to win this game, we can back the London side off -1 on the Asian Handicap betting market. This means we need the home side to claim a victory by at least two goals and this team are more than capable of subjecting their opponents to yet another setback.

Manchester United are currently mulling over whether to try and make an approach for Mauricio Pochettino and the latest odds intimate that the Argentine is open to the idea of switching from PSG to a return back to England. However, the Solskjaer regime remains in place and that could mean things get worse before they get better.


Chelsea -1


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