BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson does not expect Chelsea to come away with any points when they travel to face Manchester United at Old Trafford this evening.
Despite keeping a clean sheet against Sevilla during the week, Lawrenson says manager Frank Lampard will be seriously concerned with their defensive display in the 3-3 draw against Southampton last Saturday:
“Like Manchester United, Chelsea’s biggest problem this season has been at the back. I watched them against Southampton last weekend and they just capitulated. It has not been a one-off and Blues boss Frank Lampard is probably thinking ‘who the heck do I play there?’ At least Lampard has goalkeeper Edouard Mendy fit for Saturday because, as good as Chelsea are going forward, they cannot defend.”
Lawrenson predicts that United will come out 2-0 winners, which is a surprising prediction, especially considering the home side are not exactly watertight at the back either.
Although Thiago Silva is believed to be a minor doubt for the match, if the Brazilian veteran does start, he will be a much-needed reassuring presence at the back after missing the Southampton match.
With the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic in attack, you would be confident of at least one of them getting on the scoresheet tonight. We won’t have to wait long to find out whether Lawrenson is wrong or not.