The match is over.
Frank Lampard makes his eagerly awaited debut in the Chelsea dugout and with Ole Gunnar Solskjær in the other, it is a true battle of the club greats in a contest that is set to draw the eyes of the world.
Transition is the key word for Chelsea this season as Frank Lampard comes in and Eden Hazard went out the exit door. However, despite a transfer ban, youth and the signing of Christian Pulisic (done before the ban) looks likely to breath life into a Chelsea side that was perhaps starting to look a little stuck in a rut under former head coach Maurizio Sarri. United, with Harry Maguire to stiffen up defence will also be confident making a stalemate a good way to go as both find their feet. The fact that two score draws were the result between the two also helps matters making the draw and over 1.5 goals in the game.
MATCH TO END WITH OVER 1.5 GOALS AND A DRAW
The Blues will look to get Frank Lampard’s reign off to a flying start and that is a wise way to go with the best online betting sites. That is because Chelsea have netted in the opening 45 minutes in each of their last three Premier League meetings.
CHELSEA TO SCORE IN THE FIRST HALF
Both Manchester United and Chelsea look as if they will give youth a chance this season and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham looks set to final start much of the season for the Blues. After netting 25 goals in 37 games for Aston Villa last season, the young Englishman looks a great price with popular sportsbooks to make it a sudden impact in the Premier League and fire home against United.
TAMMY ABRAHAM TO SCORE ANYTIME
Head to Head
A pair of draws was the outcome between the two in the Premier League last season. An entertaining 2-2 was the result at Stamford in October before the return leg yielded a 1-1 at Old Trafford.
Overall, Manchester United have claimed 78 victories over Chelsea in all competitions with the Blues recording 54 and a total of 51 draws shared between them.
Manchester United have not lost a home league game to Chelsea since May 2013.
The game will be Frank Lampard’s debut game in charge of Chelsea in competitive football.
Manchester United have just paid a world record fee for a defender with the £80m signing of former Leicester defender Harry Maguire.
The pairs first ever meeting came on Christmas day 1905 when two played out a 0-0 draw in a League Division Two match.
Both teams to score and the game to end a draw
Over the years these two have always brought us plenty of action and controversial moments. However, things appeared to tame somewhat last season and with much respect between the sets of managers, perhaps the ferocity of yesteryear may be lacking.
However, both sides will be eager to make their mark and as a score draw has been a common theme in Man U v Chelsea matches recently, more of the same would not be a huge surprise.
Especially considering both sets of fans, managers, and players would likely view a score draw a positive way to start the new season.
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Darren Williamson is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
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