Man Utd vs Chelsea - EPL 2019/2020 - Week 1 - Tips & predictions
This will be the first meeting between Man Utd and Chelsea on MD1 of a league season since 2004-05, when Jose Mourinho took charge of his first-ever EPL match and Chelsea prevailed 1-0 thanks to an Eiður Guðjohnsen goal. Chelsea won the league title that season.
Man Utd have won just two of their last 13 EPL meetings with Chelsea (W2 D6 L5) but are unbeaten in six home matches against them in the competition (W2 D4 L0).
Man Utd won just 7 points in 10 matches against the ‘big 6’ in the EPL 2018/2019; the joint-fewest of the ‘big six’ clubs alongside Tottenham Hotspur (also 7).
Man Utd have lost more EPL matches (18) and conceded more EPL goals (71) against Chelsea than they have against any other team.
The last time that Man Utd played Chelsea at home on the opening matchday of a league season was in 1958-59. United won 5-2 with Bobby Charlton scoring a hat-trick.
Man Utd (18) and Chelsea (17) have won more opening weekend fixtures than any other side in the EPL.
Chelsea have never lost when playing their first EPL match of the season on a Sunday, with the Blues winning eight and drawing three of their 11 such matches.
When kicking off a top-flight campaign at home, Man Utd have lost just one of their last 26 matches (W19 D6), losing against Swansea in the 2014-15 campaign.
Chelsea’s six EPL wins at Old Trafford have come under six different managers – Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit, Claudio Ranieri, José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benítez. Five of those six were in their first league visit to the stadium with the Blues, with Ranieri being the exception.
This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Man Utd and Chelsea where both managers also previously played for their respective clubs.
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