Ian Wright believes Chelsea hold a slight advantage over Manchester United when the two teams go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Monday night.
Both clubs have enjoyed two weeks off thanks to the new winter break but return to action in west London with Chelsea now holding just a single point lead in the fourth place to the rest of the chasing pack.
United have dropped to ninth, with many of their rivals winning, and Wright feels their lack of firepower in the absence of Marcus Rashford could prove costly at Stamford Bridge.
After picking Chelsea to win 2-1, he explained on the Kelly & Wrighty Show: ‘I fancy Chelsea to win that one for some reason, I don’t know what it is.
‘Maybe it’s because I don’t know the forward players of Man United. Is Odion Ighalo going to come in and score? Hopefully he does but if not you just feel that Chelsea might be able to get this one over the line. ’
Speaking about the match in general, he continued: ‘Chelsea being at home you’d like to think they’re going to have a go at Man United and put them under pressure.
‘At the same time, Man United do play better – especially when Rashford was playing but obviously he’s not there – when they’re on the break.
‘So it could suit Man United, with Daniel James, and if Anthony Martial gets himself going a little bit, it could suit them on the break.
‘But I’m expecting Chelsea to have a go at them, because I feel it is a Man United side that is young and if you have a go at them they could crack under that pressure.
‘And it’s up to Chelsea to keep that pressure going. But you know Chelsea at home they’ve not been able to do that, they’ve not been able to see teams off. ’
The battle for the final Champions League places has taken on fresh intrigue after Manchester City were handed a two-season ban by UEFA, with fifth spot potentially obtaining a place in the competition if City’s appeal is rejected.
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