Last year’s FA Cup finalists will clash against one another in the round of 16 this season when Chelsea will play host to Manchester United. The Blues are coming off a solid away win in the Europa League but have been inconsistent lately. The Red Devils have been in much better form overall but they just met a really heavy loss.
Date/Time: 2-18-2019, 14:30 EST
Spread: Manchester United +0.5
Total: 2.75 Goals
Chelsea were really good in their away match against Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League. The two teams clashed in the first leg of the round of 32 and Chelsea took a great advantage with a 2-1 win. However, they suffered a humiliating loss in their previous match when they were destroyed by 0-6 in the hands of Manchester City. Chelsea have not been very good lately, winning just three of their last seven matches in all competitions (3-3-1). The Blues have been great in this competition when hosting fellow Premier League sides. They have won all four previous matches, scoring 11 goals and conceding just 3 in the process. Chelsea have been great at home this season, losing just one of their 21 matches in all competitions (15-1-5). Moreover, they have kept 11 clean sheets so far, and four in their last six home matches.
On the other hand, Manchester United met their first loss under coach Solskjaer, and what a loss it was. They hosted Paris Saint Germain in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 mid-week. They struggled mightily on both ends of the pitch and conceded twice in a seven-minute span to lose by 2-0. Manchester United were spectacular since the new coach arrived, winning 10 of his first 11 matches (10-0-1). They have been truly dominant on the road lately, winning each of their last six. They also kept four clean sheets in that span and scored at least twice on four occasions. But Manchester United traditionally struggle in this venue and they should be really careful here.
The two teams split the points in a 2-2 draw in this venue earlier in the season for the Premier League. Chelsea have been much better in this match-up in the past five years (5-2-3) and have also been excellent as hosts.
They are undefeated in the last ten matches in all competitions in this venue (7-0-3). And they have also won each of the previous four home matches for the FA Cup against Manchester United by 0-1. Manchester United might be more interested in continuing in this competition. Especially after their tough loss in the Champions League that might leave them eliminated.
FA Cup Chelsea vs Manchester United Prediction: Under 2.75 Goals (-118)