FA Cup 5th Round: Chelsea v Manchester United Odds and Betting Preview
The undoubted ‘tie of the round’ pits Chelsea and Manchester United together in a mouthwatering clash at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening – kick-off: 19:30 GMT.
Round Four of the FA Cup saw Chelsea overcome Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday in a 3-0 stroll, while Manchester United had the unenviable task of a trip to Arsenal. The Reds are a different proposition these days under temporary manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and this was evident as United cast aside the Gunners in a 3-1 win.
Chelsea have faced recent struggles under Maurizio Sarri of late. A 4-0 hammering at Bournemouth in the Premier League was the Blues’ worst Premier League defeat in over 20 years. Ten days later, Manchester City smashed Chelsea 6-0 to heap further pressure on the Italian manager. A note of positivity for the West Londoners was that Chelsea gained their first away win of 2019 with a 2-1 Europa League victory over Malmo on Thursday evening.
United by contrast, have turned a real corner under Solskjaer. After the departure of Jose Mourinho, United have won ten games with one draw against Burnley in eleven domestic fixtures. The only blemish was Tuesday’s 2-0 home Champions League defeat against Paris St Germain. Such is the feelgood factor surrounding Old Trafford, this result was seen as disappointment, which highlights the recent progression under their temporary boss.
Chelsea are the bookmakers’ strong favourites to progress to the last-eight of the FA Cup. It I likely that this assumption is based on the Blues’ strong home form, and excellent record over United at Stamford Bridge in general. October 2012 was the last time United won at Chelsea as Javier Hernandez scored in a 3-2 Premier League win.
Unibet go top price on a Chelsea win of 9/8 in the repeat of last season’s FA Cup Final, while United are narrowly the second shortest option in the Match Betting at 40/17 with 10Bet and SportNation. The Draw is a 5/2 shot with 888Sport and BetBright. It is worth noting that from the 5th Round onwards of the FA Cup, there will be no replays – so the tie will be decided on the night.
As previously stated, Chelsea have excellent form on home soil against United, but the recent fragilities of Maurizio Sarri’s side have been exposed, and United are capable of taking advantage, if the Reds have no hangover following their Champions League defeat.
With just one point separating the two clubs in the league table, this is a sign that the two clubs are evenly matched, and that directs my thoughts towards extra time. 5/2 looks to be reasonable value, with an outcome that neither team would really welcome, as further important fixtures are on the horizon.
Individual Goal Scorers
Chelsea’s January loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Serie A has given Sarri a new striking option, and the Argentine forward is a best-priced 9/2 chance with SportingBet to score the first goal. Higuain got off the mark with two goals in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over lowly Huddersfield Town, and will be looking for more against United.
Eden Hazard was given a circa 20-minute cameo appearance against Malmo on Thursday night and the Chelsea talisman is a 5/1 poke with 10 BET and SportNation. Hazard scored the decisive penalty in last season’s FA Cup win over United, and the Belgian forward would love to repeat the dose here.
United’s first interest in this market comes from strikers, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, who are 13/2 and 7/1 shots with BetFred respectively. Lukaku has had to play a secondary role under Solskjaer in recent weeks, but the former Everton man could well be given the starting nod here. Rashford recently gained the Premier League Player of the Month honours following some excellent performances for United, but the young striker may well be rested for the important league fixture with Liverpool next weekend.
Others to consider at bigger prices include Chelsea’s Ross Barkley, who has rediscovered goalscoring form with the opening goal against Malmo. He is of interest at 11/1 10BET and SportNation. A ‘left field’ selection is Manchester United midfielder, Fred, who is a 28/1 chance with BetFred. The Brazilian has not participated much this season under Mourinho or Solskjaer this season, but provided he gets the starting nod in this game, he could spring a surprise at generous odds.
Other Side Bets
SportingBet’s offer of 7/10 on Both Teams to Score is the stand-out bet of the game in my view. It is fair to suggest that both teams’ strengths are to attack and this should bring out an exciting and entertaining contest. Neither team will wish for extra time, and that will accentuate the attacking intent.
Our next selection is for Both Teams to Score with the Full-Time result ending in a draw. The 7/2 on offer with Betfred and Betway looks to be reasonable value on two equally matched sides.
Finally, our Correct Score selection is for a 1-1 draw after ninety minutes. This outcome is a 6/1 chance, and can be taken with Betway and SportingBet.
- Both Teams to Score at 7/10 with SportingBet
- Both Teams to Score and Full-Time result to end in a Draw at 7/2 with Betway
- Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United Correct Score bet at 6/1 with Betfred