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Chelsea vs Manchester United predictions for Monday's Premier League tussle at Stamford Bridge. Can United complete a hattrick of wins over Chelsea this season? Read on for all our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

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Man Utd are searching for their third win over Chelsea this season.

Chelsea kept just two clean sheets in their last 13 fixtures.

United conceded in 10 of their 11 Premier League away matches so far this term.

Man Utd are conceding just 1.16 goals on average per Premier League fixture in 2019/20.

Pivotal fixture in the race for a top four finish

Chelsea and Manchester United meet in Monday evening's televised offering at Stamford Bridge, for a Premier League tussle that could prove a defining fixture in the race to secure a top four finish this season.

Ahead of their skirmish in the capital, Chelsea in 4th hold a sizable six-point lead over United, who slipped to 8th place after a disappointing run of one win in five league games in the lead up to the winter break.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be fully aware that his team are running out of opportunities to mount a genuine challenge for a top four place, though a deficit halving win at Stamford Bridge would reignite their flickering Champions League qualification hopes.

Chelsea starting to wobble

With just one victory from five Premier League games of their own in the lead-up to the mid-season hiatus, Chelsea's grip on 4th spot is being threatened by an increasing number of challengers.

At the core of the Blues' problems is their inability to keep clean sheets, and their return of just two shutouts from 12 top-flight fixtures saw under fire keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga replaced by the veteran Willy Caballero in between the sticks for Chelsea's 2-2 draw at Leicester in their last league outing before the interval.

In total, Chelsea conceded at least once in 20 of the 25 Premier League fixtures they've contested since the start of the season, and it's little wonder that Frank Lampard was left frustrated after the Blues missed a chance to sign defensive reinforcements during the January window.

With Chelsea's defensive troubles left un-tackled last month, there should be opportunities to score on offer for United on Monday, and having beaten Chelsea twice already this season, the Mancunians will arrive in London in confident mood.

United searching for hattrick of wins

United beat Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford in the reverse league meeting between the teams in August, and 2-1 in a Carabao Cup triumph in October, however, shorn of the talents of Marcus Rashford, who bagged four of United's six goals against the Blues last year, the Red Devils' final third threat has been noticeably reduced.

So, while we expect United to register on Monday, recent form suggests that they could struggle to score more than once.

Since Rashford's injury, United have gone an alarming three Premier League games without scoring, though Ole Solskjaer will hope that the additions of Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo can help to re-sharpen his team's blunt attacking edge.

Goals at both ends likely

At the other end of the pitch, we also expect United to concede however. David de Gea has seen goals fly past him in 10 of his team's 11 Premier League matches on the road since the summer, and while United's overall defensive record this season is the division's 4th best, clean sheets are still rare occurrences.

The strengths in Chelsea's team are heavily weighted towards the top end of the pitch, and the Blues’ record of finding the net the net at least once in all but five of their 25 Premier League fixtures since August, suggests they should have enough bite to get themselves on the scoresheet again.

With the aforementioned factors considered, backing both teams to score on Monday seems a sensible avenue of approach, while our correct score forecast settles on a 1-1 draw.

Chelsea are conceding just 1.0 goal per game on average at Stamford Bridge in 2019/20 and with United averaging 1.0 goal per game away from Old Trafford since the start of the campaign, a 1-1 final scoreline on Monday aligns with the respective teams’ season long statistical patterns.

United's positive record against Chelsea this season should arm them with enough impetus to avoid defeat on Monday, though without Marcus Rashford's match-changing ability, they lack to penetration to fully push for maximum points.

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