Match Betting (1x2)

We’re all looking forward to a clash between Chelsea and Manchester United on Monday 17 February, with the former currently in the box seat when it comes to landing a top four finish in the Premier League this season.

Frank Lampard’s team are currently six points clear of the Red Devils in the table and Paddy Power make them 8/11 that they strengthen their grip on fourth place by beating a team who thrashed them at Old Trafford back in August.

That 4-0 victory for United hinted that it was going to be a successful season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, although it wasn’t really a fair reflection of how the game panned out and Chelsea could have been ahead at the break.

BetVictor offer odds of 7/2 about the visitors winning this game and that would really throw open the race for that elusive fourth spot, with Tottenham, Sheffield United and Everton also capable of competing for a Champions League berth.

United are capable of getting a positive result in London and often raise their game for these high-profile matches. After all, the same team has gone to the Etihad Stadium twice this season and landed a victory on both occasions.

Ladbrokes have 13/5 about the game ending all square which would benefit Chelsea more at this stage in the season, although the Red Devils have lost 50% of away games so far this campaign.

Asian Handicap

While Manchester United haven’t been a team to be trusted on the road this term, the same can be said of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge considering that the Blues have a mediocre win rate in front of their own supporters.

Chelsea have only won five of their twelve home matches this season and seem to have difficulties breaking teams down, with their opponents sure to put plenty of men behind the ball.

Interestingly, BetVictor offer odds of 17/16 about the Red Devils with a +0.5 goal handicap and that essentially means that the bet will win if Solskjaer’s team avoids defeat so you are essentially getting the draw and away win on your side.

If you think that United are unlikely to lose this game and they have been bolstered by the recruitment of Bruno Fernandes, then you can go down the route of backing the 23/10 about the visitors on the Asian Handicap market off scratch. This would mean money back if the game finishes level.

Alternatively, perhaps we will see a classic revenge mission at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are certainly capable of enjoying a victory by a substantial margin. Unibet have 8/5 available about Lampard’s side off a -1 goal handicap and that means money back if they win by a single goal and a profit if they triumph by two goals or more.

Both Teams to Score

The “Both Teams to Score” market is an interesting one to play, with many customers looking to put together an accumulator that features BTTS as well as Full-Time Result.

For this match, it will be interesting to see whether Manchester United adopt an attacking mentality or whether they will look to keep things tight, with the bookies thinking that it’s slightly more likely that both teams will find the net.

Paddy Power have 8/11 about the “Yes” option on the BTTS market, with Chelsea having recently been involved in some high-scoring matches including a 2-2 draw at Leicester City.

While Manchester United are missing Marcus Rashford, they have acquired Odion Ighalo for the next few months and perhaps he will add a cutting edge.

Alternatively, the “No” option is available at 23/20 with BetVictor and United average a modest one goal per away game, while Chelsea’s average at home isn’t much better.

First Goalscorer

Chelsea have leaned heavily on Tammy Abraham this season for goals and, in fairness, the England striker has managed to plunder thirteen goals during the course of the campaign.

Betfair offer 16/5 that the former Aston Villa forward breaks the deadlock and he should cause problems for the Manchester United defence, while Michy Batshuayi is trading at 4/1 should he get the nod.

It’s worth noting that Antonio Rudiger grabbed a brace at the King Power Stadium recently and the German is a 33/1 chance to find the net which he’s capable of doing so against the United defence.

Ighalo is likely to make his debut in this game and the former Watford forward is a 9/1 chance to score the opening goal of the match, although the Nigerian might have to contend with a place on the bench to start with.

Anthony Martial could be a better option and Paddy Power go 7/1 about the Frenchman scoring the first goal of this game, with the forward having scored twice in this fixture last season.


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