London club Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in a game between two of the ‘Big 6’ in the English Premier League in the early 12.30pm kick-off (UK time) on Saturday.
The game is given added interest in it seeing Man. United coach Jose Mourinho returning to the club where he made his name in English soccer and there will also be some top quality players on show, including Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba, Willian, David De Gea and N´Golo Kante.
One significant factor to take into account is that both these teams are in European action next week, but while Manchester United face a heavyweight Champions League clash against Juventus on Tuesday night, Chelsea has the far less high-profile task against BATE Borisov of Belarus in the lesser Europa League on Thursday.
That alone should shift the odds firmly in Chelsea’s favour, as coach Maurizio Sarri is sure to rotate his players for that game, a luxury Jose Mourinho won’t have against the Italian champions. The betting lines could move even more for a Chelsea win on Saturday as a consequence.
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With Chelsea currently unbeaten this season and United have been inconsistent and generally disappointing (not helped by Mourinho’s often negative attitude towards his own players), the odds favour a Chelsea win and they are our tips for victory at -128 with William Hill.
Goals could be in short supply in this game, as Mourinho is a master at shutting up shop when away to strong opposition, so a 1-0 Correct Score bet on Chelsea at +700 with bet365* might not be a bad prediction. Another option is Chelsea to ‘Win to Nil’ (i.e. to win the game without conceding a goal) at +200 also with bet365*.
Pick: Match Result – Chelsea to Win to Nil @ +200 (bet365*)
* Odds correct at the time of writing