Chris Sutton gives prediction for Chelsea vs Manchester United

Chelsea play host to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

It’s a game between two teams who have been very inconsistent in form.

Chelsea played a 2-2 draw with 10-man Burnley, while Man United played out a 1-1 draw with Brentford, despite a stoppage time goal from Mason Mount.

Chelsea currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League table, while Manchester United are in sixth.

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has given his prediction for this game, and he believes ‘lucky’ Manchester United will lose to Chelsea who are also very inconsistent.

Predicting the outcome of the clash in his BBC column, Sutton said: “Some Manchester United fans have got a bit angry with me when I’ve predicted them to lose in the past, but what happened against Brentford on Saturday summed them up.

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“United were on a high after beating Liverpool in the FA Cup before the international break, showing great resilience to come back and win in the manner they did.

“I was thinking ‘here we go’ and wondering if this was another turning point with the possibility of them kicking on… and then they go and put in such an insipid performance against the Bees.”

He added: “They were so flat but, when Mason Mount scored in stoppage time, it looked like they had got away with it. This time, Brentford deservedly levelled but United have been doing this all season. They’ve been lucky, right from the start.

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“As far as this game goes, well it’s anyone’s guess. I keep on being wrong about Chelsea, including their 2-2 draw against Burnley on Saturday.”

Sutton added: “Cole Palmer continues to be a bright spark for the Blues but something is not right with the rest of the team. If they cannot beat Burnley at home when the Clarets are down to 10 men, then heaven help them.

“All things considered, it makes this game impossible to predict. It feels like it will probably be a draw but Palmer will score so I am going to go with him to get the decider.”

Sutton’s Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United

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Chelsea and Manchester United have faced each other 176 times over the years. Manchester United have won 69, Chelsea 50, while the remaining 57 have ended in draws.

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