The Kingsmeadow hosted reigning Women’s Super League champions last weekend in what was a thrilling contest that saw the Blues deliver Jo Montemurro with his first defeat of the season.
This week, the stadium once again primes itself for another heavyweight clash against newly-promoted Manchester United.
Indeed, after a rocky honeymoon period to the WSL that featured consecutive defeats to the Gunners and Manchester City, Casey Stoney’s side have grown from strength to strength.
Yet while our Chelsea vs Manchester United predictions aren’t expecting it to be a stroll in the park for the current league leaders, our forecast foresees a continuation of the Blues unbeaten start to the season.
So, without further ado…
Chelsea vs Manchester United Predictions
Emma Hayes side have been in prolific form in the early stages of the season; ruthless in attack, stringent and steely in defence.
Where the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City have faltered here and there, the Blues have remained steadfast and resilient.
None more so evident than in their comeback performance against West Ham United a few weekends ago which saw them climb back into pole position.
Indeed, when Adriana Leon gave the Hammers a surprise lead, scoring with her first touch after coming on as a substitute, there were questions regarding Chelsea’s resolve. How they would cope with the kind of organised defensive setup that Matt Beard’s back four boasts?
Instead, Chelsea’s attacker’s response was to come to life. Not soon after Sophie Ingle had levelled things up for the visits courtesy of a wonderful Ji so-Yun pass.
And it was the South Korean who was once again involved in the thick of things for the winning goal when she smashed in the second goal from 20 yards out.
A third in the dying moments of the game completed the comeback. But more so as a testament to the Blues steel and vigour atop the table – the kind that our Chelsea vs Manchester United predictions wager will cause problems for the Red Devils come Sunday.
You might not have been able to tell it from United’s performance against Everton’s Women in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup last weekend, given the dominant nature of their performance.
From Lauren James to Katie Zelem, Amy Turner and Leah Galton, there were chances for the Reds all over the pitch.
Yet, they weren’t really able to kick-off until the 22nd minute when James grabbed the opening goal of the game, thanks to the high-pressing of Kirsty Hanson.
From there on, United’s free-flowing attacking football took over, and the Toffees vulnerable at every single counterattack. So much so, they were unable to prevent Stoney’s players from scoring another two via Amy Turner and Katy Zelem.
Produce anything close to that kind of performance, and Chelsea will have to graft for their three points.
But on home turf, with a host of attacking players on hand, there’s very little to imply that’s not the way the clash will climax in.
Chelsea vs Manchester United Head To Head
The two sides meet for the first time in the WSL this Sunday, which gives further purpose to our Chelsea vs Manchester United predictions.
Indeed, if form is anything to go by, then our prognosis of a closely-matched game is definitely worth punting on.
While the Red Devils have consecutive victories under their belt, Chelsea top the league with Arsenal and Manchester City being kept out of the limelight by Emma Hayes contingent.
Unfortunately, this may just be one game too many for Stoney and her team’s positive trek up the table.
Chelsea Team News
Hayes fielded a heavily rotated squad against the Hammers last week, as a follow-up to the squad she selected that played in the 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Which means its quite likely that we’ll be seeing a restored starting XI this Sunday to allow her front-line lieutenants to feature against an in-form side.
Expect the likes of Fran Kirby, Bethany England, Magdalena Eriksson and Erith Cuthbert to all be involved in the first-team permutations.
The only absentee is Anita Asante whose spent the last few weeks recovering from a knock against Palace, and may not be fit enough for this high-octane tie.
But aside from this exclusion, our Chelsea vs Manchester United predictions pit this is a strong team – one that even the winning ways of the Red Devil’s won’t be able to overcome.
Manchester United Team News
The one thing that’s wagering in the favour of Stoney is the lack of injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s clash at the Kingsmeadow.
Indeed, aside from the long-term absentee Siobhan Chamberlain, the former England international will be able to field her strongest starting XI.
One that involves the impressive Mary Earps – understudy to Chamberlain – and the talented Zelem.
Both have been instrumental in United’s recent wins against Everton, Reading, Tottenham and Liverpool, and will be crucial in a potential upset, however far-fetched that seems.
Chelsea vs Manchester United Betting Tips
Sure, the sports betting offers about our Chelsea vs Manchester United predictions might not be up for grabs at the moment.
But it’s clear who the betting favourite is – the Blues, who have surpassed the efforts of Arsenal and City, who aren’t involved in the Champions League this season, who now sit atop the WSL.
The Blues who should be securing another three points at home this Sunday, despite the best efforts of a very much United opposition.