As we head in to the final round of Premier League games of 2015 only the Hotspurs of Tottenham are on a winning streak of any kind. Their two consecutive victories is the longest active streak in the Premier League. Which tells us a lot about this current season.
Sticking with the form table, which looks at the last six league games played, Manchester United are currently third from bottom. Their defeat to Stoke City was United’s third on the bounce, fourth in all competitions, and they are now five games without a win in the Premier League.
Things are not looking good for Louis Van Gaal, who we’ve already paid out on to be sacked, as reports of Ryan Giggs taking Sunday’s training session are doing the rounds. That isn’t a good sign for a manager who insists on taking charge of every training session.
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He may not be in charge come kick-off against Chelsea on Monday. From what we witnessed against Stoke it seems almost as unlikely that, should he still have a job, he’ll get the kind of response from his players which will force the fans or the owners to rethink the need to replace the increasingly unpopular Dutchman.
Looking at the Blues, since replacing Van Gaal’s potential replacement Guus Hiddink has witnessed a dubiously promising win over Sunderland before getting hands-on for Saturday’s frustrating 2-2 draw at home to Watford. To add to the frustration of Oscar’s missed penalty Diego Costa, scorer of both Chelsea goals, picked up his fifth yellow card of the season and misses the trip to Old Trafford.
United have been getting gradually worse in recent weeks whereas Chelsea have improved in their last two games. Not by a lot but enough to tentatively label them the form side in this clash. It’s a bit of a stretch but Chelsea areto win at Old Trafford with the home side priced at . Utd are favourites but not by as much as their home advantage would usually warrant.
If you’re hoping this will be an exciting game then start praying or sending out vibes to the universe or doing whatever superstitious mumbo-jumbo you believe in that Louis Van Gaal gets the sack in the next 24 hours. A new-manager or even a no-manager bump for the home team could spark them in to life. Otherwise the best we can hope for is something like a 1-1 draw at.
Stats Not Promising
LVG or no LVG the stats aren’t pointing towards to an exciting game of football with an abundance of goals. For instance:
- Chelsea are without a win in their last six away games in the Premier League, losing four of the six, and have managed just one league win away from Stamford Bridge this season.
- Chelsea have scored just 8 away goals this season, only four teams have scored fewer on their travels.
- Chelsea have scored just two goals in their last four away games.
- Manchester United have scored just ten league goals at Old Trafford this season. Only five teams have scored fewer home goals.
- Fans at Old Trafford have seen just thirteen goals in total this season, the lowest total in the Premier League.
- United are without a win in their last three home games against Chelsea, managing to score just one goal. So it’s not all Van Gaal’s fault, David Moyes has to take his share of the blame too.