FA Cup Betting: Man United v Chelsea - Fan v Fan Preview



Man United perspective: Chudi Onwuazor, The Busby Way

Team news

Manchester United face no new injury problems ahead of Chelsea's visit to Old Trafford, although Phil Jones is unlikely to be fit to return yet. Wayne Rooney may reclaim his place in the starting line-up having been named as a sub in Tuesday's loss to Real Madrid, whilst Nemanja Vidic may be replaced by Jonny Evans in defence.

Form

United's loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday was the side's first since losing to Cluj in December. Domestically, we are undefeated since losing to Norwich in November, a loss avenged with a 4-0 drubbing last weekend.

Head-to-head

United have faced Chelsea twice already this season. We won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge in the league, followed by an entertaining 5-4 loss in the Capital One Cup, which saw Chelsea pit a full-strength team against a rotated United side. That defeat was United's first in the last six meetings between the two sides, and at Old Trafford Chelsea last tasted success back in April 2010.

Best bets

Robin van Persie to score at 2.00. RVP has scored just once in eight appearances and has entered his longest spell without scoring in a United shirt. I feel he'll break his duck here.

Over 3.5 goals at 2.60. The last three meetings have been goalfests. Could there be another on Sunday?

Juan Mata to score at 4.25. If Chelsea do manage to find the net, their danger man will be the man to do it.

Score prediction: Man United 3-1 Chelsea (14.00)

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Chelsea perspective: Andy Seaby, Chelsea Daft

Team news

After another woeful and second rate performance in midweek, the likes of Victor Moses, Ramires, Juan Mata, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Demba Ba and Ashley Cole will all return to the starting eleven for this one. Oriol Romeu remains Chelsea's only long-term injury this season.

Form

Up-and-down is the best way to describe Chelsea at the moment. Defeat to Steaua away after beating West Brom at home last weekend was disappointing. Chelsea struggled to beat Middlesborough in the last round to set up the tie against United.

Head-to-head

This will be the third game between the sides this season. United beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League but we got revenge in the League Cup a few days later. United seem to have turned a corner against Chelsea. Chelsea have had a good record against them over the years at Old Trafford but recently it seems United have the upper hand.

Best bets

The draw at 3.80. With both teams looking to bounce back after losses in Europe, the draw is the most likely outcome.

Juan Mata to score first at 10.50. Our playmaker has been fantastic this season and will be well rested.

Both teams to score at 1.62. I think the attacks will come out on top here.

Score prediction: Man United 1-1 Chelsea (7.00)

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