The big game this weekend is the match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are performing very well under their new manager but face a good test at home against a Man Utd side that haven't been defeated away from home this season. A very tight and competitive 90-minutes is expected, but Man Utd have enjoyed recent trips to Stamford Bridge and will be confident of coming away from this game with at least a point.
One player that has been instrumental to the form of the Red Devils is Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes. For a club that has had so many failures with signings and many players failing to live up to expectations, Bruno Fernades’ performance has brought a sigh of relief to the board of United and has proven to be the best transfer decision that the Red Devils have taken in recent years.
In his first season at Old Trafford, in 2019-20, Fernandes scored a total of 12 goals in 22 appearances across all competitions. This season, he has already scored 22 goals in 38 appearances for the Red Devils. He is now charged with taking penalties for the team and has been excellent at it. In fact 8 out of 10 times, everyone knows Bruni Fernades will score a penalty. In fact, 8 out of his 12 goals last season came from penalties. Even Jose Mourinho threw a jab at Fernandes 2020 when he remarked how his compatriot was one of the best penalty takers in the world "because he had about 20 to score."
So how likely is Fernandes to Score against Chelsea?
For us to understand this, let’s take a look at both teams.
We're expecting a fantastic game of football between these two Champions league-chasing sides. Man Utd have been unbeaten away from home this season, while Chelsea have hit a new form and are performing very well under new manager, Thomas Tuchel. They also look a lot tougher to breakdown at the back as we saw against Valencia.
Chelsea V Man United - Head to Head
Man Utd lead the head-to-head record between these two clubs with 69 wins, 48 draws, and 53 defeats from their last 170 encounters with Chelsea in all competitions. Chelsea have drawn 1 and won 1 of their last two games against United, but the Red Devils have secured four wins from the duo's last seven meetings in league and cup, including victories in each of their last three trips to Stamford Bridge. In their last games, Chelsea played out a disappointing 1-1 draw away at Southampton last time out, a game they really should have won. Man Utd on the other hand banked on 3 goals from Rashford, James, and Fernandes to see off Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Both teams are equally matched Man United have secured 4 wins and 2 draws from their last 7 games against Chelsea in all competitions, with the pair playing out a 0-0 draw when they last locked horns in October. The visitors have also won their last 3 trips to Stamford Bridge and are yet to lose a single game on their travels in the Premier League this season. Man Utd haven't lost any of their last 7 matches in league or cup heading into this game. This game looks like a draw. No wonder betBonanza is offering 3.20 odds for the match to end as a draw.
Bruno Fernandes could score anytime
Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot when Chelsea beat United 3-1 in the FA Cup last season. The Portuguese midfielder has scored 15-goals in the Premier League alone this season, 7 of which have come from the penalty spot. With 7 goals in his last 8 games in all competitions, Bruno Fernandes is in top form in front of goal, whether it be penalties, free-kicks or long shots, the Portuguese international is Man Utd's biggest threat in front of goal this season. betBonanza is offering Bruno to score anytime @ 2.80 odds
The match is not a goal-fest
Less than 3 goals were produced when these two sides last met, a 0-0 draw in October. 4 of their last 7 encounters have featured fewer than 3 goals. 5 of Chelsea's last 6 matches have produced less than 3 goals. 2 of United's last 4 outings have also featured less than 3 goals and that includes their last away game in the Premier League, a 1-1 draw with West Brom. betBonanza is offering 1.95 odds for under 2.5 goals.
Bruno Fernandes could Score a Penalty
He is tagged ‘Penandes’ for nothing. Man United under Ole have become experts at getting penalties, while Bruno has also emerged as the specialist when it comes to converting from the spot-kick. So bank on him to score a penalty on Sunday.