Betting Tips

Back Manchester United to do Spurs a favour and hold Premier League leaders Chelsea in low-scoring game at Old Trafford.


Manchester United host champions-in-waiting Chelsea hoping to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive. United will not return from Brussels from playing Anderlecht in the Europa League until the early hours of Friday morning, while Chelsea have had absolutely no European football at all this season, freely able to concentrate on the sole purpose of regaining the Premier League title.

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And despite a shock home defeat to improving Crystal Palace, Chelsea remain well on course for the title, still seven points clear of Spurs who lie in hope, rather than expectation, in second spot. Sunday sees an interesting match-up between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, with the effervescent Italian looking good to win the Premier League in his debut season. Mourinho, the self-appointed “Special One,” catapulted himself onto the world stage during his time in South West London, enjoying two successful spells at the Bridge, winning seven major trophies.

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Last month, the two sides met in the FA Cup when United were fortunate to lose only 1-0. Ander Herrera’s sending off made it a Stamford Bridge too far for the Reds on the night. But United need a win at home to keep pace with noisy neighbours City in the race for a top four spot. Recently, Old Trafford has become the “Theatre of Draws” with a pair of hugely disappointing stalemates against WBA and Everton, games United were expected to win comfortably on home soil. United do boast a proud 21 game PL record, but dropping valuable points at home means United are still stuck in fifth spot, four points behind City, but with a game in hand.

While the Reds have an eye on securing progress against Anderlecht in the Champions League’s poorer cousin and despite plenty of injuries, Mou is sure to have his side fired up for the visit of his former side. The draw is unusually short at best 23-10 with Bet Bright, but we should expect a very tight game with goals at a premium at Old Trafford as the league’s second and third best defences meet. It would not be a massive surprise if it was another 0-0 (8-1 with Paddy Power), like last season when Mourinho took misfiring Chelsea to face Louis van Gaal’s less than United side. Under 2.5 goals has paid dividends in each of United’s last six PL games at Old Trafford and can reap rewards again at 8-11 with Paddy Power. If either side does manage to secure a victory, expect the narrowest of margins 1-0 to either side (United 8-1, Chelsea 9-1 again with Paddy Power) with a saver on the 1-1 draw at 76-13 with NetBet.

Both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa will be keen to get one over their old boss after falling out with Mourinho as his second spell came to an ugly end. You can ignore Costa’s chances (9-2) nor Hazard at 13-2 both with BetVictor, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the slight favourite to grab the all-important first goal at 4-1 across the board.