Mark Lawrenson states prediction for Chelsea v Man United
The Liverpool legend is tipping Chelsea and Manchester United to play out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester United will settle for a draw with Jose Mourinho’s former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
The Red Devils managed to tame an in-form Liverpool attack on Monday night as the 20-time English champions played out a goalless draw with Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield.
United have collected just five points from their last five Premier League games following victory over Leicester City and stalemates with Stoke City and Liverpool.
The Red Devils lost 2-1 to derby rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford in September before a 3-1 loss to Watford a week later.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have returned to winning ways thanks to victories over Hull City and Leicester City without conceding a goal.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes Chelsea and United will play out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday.
“Chelsea easily saw off Leicester at Stamford Bridge last time out but they will know better than to expect it to be easy when their former manager Jose Mourinho is back in town,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Mourinho did a job on Liverpool on Monday – when I looked at his team selection at Anfield, I wasn’t convinced but it worked.
“United had pace in wide areas to combat Liverpool’s numbers. They defended well and David de Gea made two good saves when he had to.
“I would expect Mourinho to nullify Chelsea’s attacking threat too, which is why I am going for another draw here – I just don’t think enough of the Blues’ forward players are performing well enough to break United down.
“Victor Moses has been playing well, but we already know what he is capable of – the challenge for him is to produce that sort of form on a regular basis.”
Chelsea are in fifth place in the Premier League table and three points behind leaders Manchester City.
United are in seventh and three points adrift of Chelsea in the title race.