How the Bookies See it:
- Winner: Chelsea 23/20, Draw 12/5, Man Utd 14/5 - Bet365
- First Goalscorer: Costa (CHE) 4/1, Batshuayi (CHE) 6/1, Ibrahimovic (MNU) 5/1 - Paddy Power
- Correct Score: 1-1 6/1, Chelsea 1-0 15/2, Man Utd 1-0 21/2 - BetVictor
Chelsea have strung together two wins in their last two league games after previously suffering defeats at the hands of fellow title chasers Arsenal and Liverpool. Victories over Hull and Leicester may have eased speculation about Conte’s position, but they need a decent display against Manchester United to prove they are also a match for the league’s stronger teams.
Manchester United played out a flat 0-0 draw with Liverpool last week, proving they can nullify a strong attacking threat when they put their minds to it. They will need to repeat that performance on Sunday when faced with Diego Costa, who has already scored seven Premier League goals this season. A resounding 4-1 Europa League victory over Fenerbahce on Thursday night will have done wonders for the confidence of the team, in particular for £89 million midfielder Paul Pogba, who overcame recent criticism to star in the win.
Manchester United’s ugly draw with Liverpool sent out an important message that they are a tough nut to crack but, whereas Mourinho was happy to come away from Anfield with a point, personal pride might tempt him to push harder to bring all three back from Stamford Bridge. If they leave themselves open as they push for a win, they could be punished by a Chelsea team with a vast array of attacking talent.
A draw seems well priced at 12/5 from Bet365, but BetVictor’s 15/4 on the match to end in a draw and both teams to score is also very tempting if you are a little more adventurous. Red Devils striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been very quiet for the last four league games and Sunday provides the sort of match and atmosphere in which he thrives. 32Red has 23/10 on him scoring at any point and that could certainly be worthy of consideration.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Match to end in a draw with both teams scoring at 15/4 with BetVictor