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Chelsea will be away to Manchester United on Sunday for their 36th league game of the season, and both sides will be fighting for a win.
Chelsea are currently fourth on the table and three points behind Tottenham who are third. Arsenal trail Chelsea by just a point in the race for fourth place, meaning Chelsea cannot afford another slip-up at Old Trafford – after failing to beat Burnley last weekend.
United are in poor form and have lost six of their last eight games and also their last two league games.
Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen is backing Chelsea and United to play out a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Owen told BetVictor: “After a mini revival under new management United are struggling and have conceded 9 times without reply in their last three games in all competitions.
“They are three points behind Chelsea who occupy fourth position and realistically will need to win to have any hopes of catching them. The Pensioners missed a chance on Monday when held 2-2 by Burnley at Stamford Bridge and may well take the view avoiding defeat is their best option.
“With both low on confidence a point each looks quite likely and keeps both managers reasonably happy.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted that the game is going to be a difficult battle as he admitted that it’s an important match for the Blues.
Sarri said in his press conference: “The match is clear. At this moment it’s a very important match, probably more than important for our target. We will try to win of course, but we need not to lose. It’s a very difficult match for both.
“We have to play against opponents with a very high level of motivation after the Manchester derby. They have a chance of the top four. Of course they need to win all the last three matches. But we need to gain points too. We need to fight and try in every way.”