Betting Preview: Manchester United vs Chelsea
The bookies are split right down the middle for the massive game at Old Trafford this weekend. Both sides are priced at 9/5* to pick up a vital three points on Sunday afternoon. The draw can be backed at 11/5. Manchester United have twice failed to overcome Jose Mourinho’s old team, but must pick up all three points to keep the pressure on the teams above them in the race for the top four.
Chelsea are the only team that have managed to beat Manchester United since September. Mourinho himself will be looking to get one over on his old club with a massive three points on Sunday. He will looking towards his main man, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to add to his already impressive goal scoring tally. Ibrahimovic can be backed at 4/1* to get the first goal, or even money to just get on the scoresheet.
Home goals have somewhat eluded Manchester United this season, and they have failed to get on the scoresheet in two attempts against Chelsea this season. Chelsea can be backed at 21/10 to keep a clean sheet, or 13/4 to win to nil on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester United can not afford another result similar to the 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho is likely to keep things tight in the early stages of the game and attempt to pin back Chelsea’s wing backs. However, given their respective league positions and the fact the game is at Old Trafford, the onus will be on Manchester United to push to win the game.
If Manchester United manage to get the first goal in this fixture, they are likely to let Chelsea come and try break down the stern United defence. This will leave space in behind for the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to exploit. Rashford can be backed at 37/20 to get on the scoresheet on Sunday.
Given the nature of both teams style of play and strong defences, this could very well be a game where the first goal wins. A price of 19/10 can be backed for there to be under 1.5 goals in the game. One mistake or one moment of brilliance could win this game for either side and both sides have plenty of players capable of a moment of brilliance.
*Odds may fluctuate – prices from Bet on Brazil.