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Manchester United vs Chelsea – English Premier League prediction: Thursday 28 April 2022

Fallen giants Manchester United and Chelsea clash at Old Trafford in the English Premier League on Thursday night.

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An English Premier League midweek bonus sees heavyweights Manchester United and Chelsea go up against each other on Thursday night at Old Trafford.

The multiple EPL title-winning pair have both had their travails this season.

Thomas Tuchel is doing his best to steer the Blues’ ship through to the end of the campaign, having been blown right off course in the wake of the government sanctions slapped on Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who was forced to give up his long ownership of the club.

Many Red Devils fans would love a change of ownership, too, as years of boardroom and managerial incoherence catches up with the fallen giants.

Chelsea are favourites to finish third behind runaway leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, long after the Premier League title showdown became a two-horse race.

A last-gasp win over London rivals West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday kept them five points clear of Arsenal in fourth, with this a useful game in hand as the fixtures begin to run out.

The Gunners kept the pressure on in the capital city thanks to victory over United on Saturday, with interim coach Ralph Rangnick cutting an increasingly bewildered figure on the sidelines and Cristiano Ronaldo unable to save them.

It means incoming boss Erik ten Hag is highly unlikely to have Uefa Champions League football to deal with next season as he mounts his rebuild.

The 3-1 Emirates Stadium defeat left the north west club six points adrift of their hosts, with Tottenham also four points up the road sandwiched between them and both London sides having an extra fixture left to play.

Three defeats in their last four and one win in five leaves them in a dispiriting battle to finish six with surprise package West Ham.

It won’t be an irony lost on Hammers coach David Moyes, who became the first casualty in the Old Trafford dugout in the post-Alex Ferguson era.

English Premier League prediction for 28 April

Prediction methodology explainedThe expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.

Chance of winning (%)Usual win % with these odds
Manchester United3118
Chelsea4564

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