By Neil Leverett
- With just three games remaining of the 2018/19 campaign, Manchester United entertain Chelsea in game of the week
- Clash sees vital match in top four battle, with the Red Devils desperate to make an impression after seven losses in nine games
- Leicester City and Arsenal face off at the King Power Stadium, with the Gunners also looking to hold onto the top four
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – With just three games remaining of the season, Manchester United and Chelsea meet at Old Trafford in Gameweek 36’s game of the week.
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Game of the Week: Manchester United vs Chelsea (Sunday, 16:30)
With Thursday night in mind against the German side, there could be a deal of rotation here but such is the nature of this rivalry that is perhaps unlikely. Whatever the case, with Chelsea sitting in fourth anything less than a win could jeopardise a top four finish. Likewise, this is surely the last chance for United to remain in that picture, with the hosts three points behind Sunday’s opponents.
United are desperate need of a performance to appease their again-wavering fans, but Chelsea are a side unlikely to provide much comfort. As it is with the Blues European date in less than a week’s time and with the men in red showing little sign of cutting short their current rut in form – as witnessed against the their City neighbours – a score draw is likely on the cards.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
One to Watch: Leicester City vs Arsenal (Sunday, 12:00)
In the time since the former Liverpool boss has been at the King Power, Vardy has netted eight league goals in as many games, and looks as hungry as ever under the northern Irishman. There is still a dose of the transitional however at the club, with defence still a rather thorny issue.
Cue the arrival of Arsenal, who continue to show little sign of any defensive consistency especially on the road. After conceding three at home to Crystal Palace in Gameweek 35, a trip to Molineux against a Wolves side who many – falsely – accused of being on the beach, saw Emery’s men fall to a decisive 3-1 loss, which has plunged the visitors top four hopes into real doubt.
Like Chelsea however, the Gunners may now be more concerned with the visit of Valencia next week, knowing they are potentially 180 minutes from a first major European final since their UEFA Champions League loss to Barcelona in 2006. Not only that, but lifting the trophy would indeed guarantee a return to the Champions League regardless of league position come May 12.
As documented, both sides continue to suffer malaise in defence which should result is a cracking spectacle for the neutral. In six of the last eight meetings between these two sides at least three goals have been scored and this should be no different. Arsenal’s away day problems are no secret in the Premier League, but if they retain much of the possession as they should do here they should still create a plethora of problems for the Foxes. Goals will surely be the order of the day, but neither side may do enough for the win.
Prediction: Leicester City 2-2 Arsenal
Premier League Game of the Week sees Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford
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