In Saturday's Premier League matchup between Manchester United and Chelsea, Andrew Chase is looking for offense to reign
There is plenty of great soccer to be played today, and one of the best games you will see is the historic rivalry between Manchester United and Chelsea. This is a rivalry rooted in the past two decades, with both teams seeing plenty of success. Both sides have been a bit shaky the past couple of years, but today we will get to watch two high-powered offenses go at it in a game where I expect many goals.
Manchester United is 5-0-1 in their last six games, coming off a massive win against PSG. The one loss was the monumental 6-1 collapse versus Tottenham, and before that, they kicked off the season losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace. Despite having some questionable moments, every Manchester United match in the past three months has finished with at least 3 goals. United have spent plenty of money on their defense, bringing in Alex Telles this summer along with Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka last summer, but they still are not a defensive powerhouse by any means. David De Gea is falling out of form by the day, and the new-look Chelsea offense will look to give them a miserable time keeping the ball out of their net. Although forward Anthony Martial is out today, I do not think that will affect the goal scoring for United as he has not scored a single goal this season.
Chelsea on the other hand is the guy at the gym who never does leg day. He can punch you in the face and knock you out, but if you kick his skinny chicken legs he will fall over right away. Teams have taken advantage of Chelsea's embarrassing defense, and it has gotten to the point where it does not matter who they start – they will concede. Edouard Mendy was brought in to elevate the goalkeeping for Chelsea due to Kepa Arrizabalaga being the source of many of their issues. Mendy has only allowed one goal in three appearances so far, which is a stat Chelsea is unfamiliar with, and the arrival of Thiago Silva should hopefully help them too. Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Hakim Ziyech had a slow start and struggled to score in league play, but they are rolling now and I expect goals out of them today. Only three of Chelsea's past eight games have had less than three goals in them. We ride BIG on the over today and I hope that this high scoring matchup gets everyone's Saturday started right.
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