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Manchester United vs. Chelsea: Odds, Live Stream, TV Schedule and PreviewThe standout fixture of the 2019-20 Premier League season’s opening weekend sees Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

For Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the fixture feels crucial, as his side will be looking to lift spirits after a terrible end to the previous campaign. The big-money acquisitions of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are expected to strengthen their defensive play, while midfielder Paul Pogba remains a United player after a summer of speculation.

It will also be a huge day for Frank Lampard, who is set to take charge of the Blues for the first time in a competitive game. Chelsea have been unable to do too much in the transfer window this summer because of a ban, although the performances of new acquisition Christian Pulisic will be one of the storylines of the season.
Odds

Manchester United: 5-4

Draw: 29-12

Chelsea: 27-10

Odds courtesy of Caesars.

Date: Sunday, August 11

Time: 4:30 p.m. (BST), 11:30 a.m. (ET)

TV Info: NBC Sports (U.S.), Sky Sports (UK)

Live Stream: NBC Sports App (U.S.), Sky Go (UK)

Preview

As peculiar as it is to say it ahead of the first game of the season, this match feels vital for Solskjaer.

He shone as caretaker boss when called upon in 2018-19 before being given the job on a full-time basis in March, but performances nosedived late in the season. Faith in the Norwegian followed suit among some supporters, and consequently the feeling is he needs his team to have a good start to the campaign.

United’s summer business has left some scratching their heads too, with Joe.co.uk’s Nooruddean Choudry critical of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward:

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