Premier League Betting: Chelsea v Man United - Fan v Fan Preview



Chelsea perspective: Andy Seaby, Chelsea Daft.

Team news

Frank Lampard has been ruled out with a calf injury sustained in midweek, but everyone else is fit; Marko Marin is available after missing out on the last few games with a minor niggle. John Terry remains suspended as he sits out the second game of his four-match ban.

Form

Our league form is fantastic at the moment; the victory at Spurs last week reiterated our intentions to claw back that 25-point gap between Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea last season. Chelsea have now beaten Newcastle, Arsenal and Tottenham so far this season and will be looking to pick up another three points against United. The inspirational Juan Mata is at the heart of everything at the moment and another two goal haul at White Hart Lane last week has taken him to 6 goals in 13 games so far this season.

Head-to-head

Chelsea are unbeaten against United at Stamford Bridge in the last ten games and will be looking to extend that run. Chelsea are the ONLY side in the Premier League era with a positive win/loss record against Sir Alex Ferguson and his side. All in all, we have played each other 40 times with Chelsea winning 13 times compared to United's 12.

Our last encounter at Stamford Bridge saw the Blues throw a 3-0 lead away in a fantastic game of football. United hit back and grabbed a point with an impressive second half performance.

Best bets

Over 3.5 goals at 2.60. After what we saw last season and with Chelsea's attacking flair, I expect goals in this one.

Both teams to score at 1.53. This won't make you rich, but it's the banker of the day.

Fernando Torres to score first at 7.25. He's had a quiet couple of games but with his Liverpool roots, who would put it past Fernando Torres to score against his old foe United?

Score prediction: Chelsea 3-2 Man United (22.00)

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United perspective: Chudi Onwuazor, The Busby Way.

Team news

Manchester United go into this game without Shinji Kagawa. The Japanese midfielder sustained a knee injury against Braga on Tuesday meaning he will be out for 3-4 weeks, according to Sir Alex. Chris Smalling has returned to full training whilst Phil Jones will do so on Monday. Beyond this, there is no new injury news.

Form

Whilst still conceding early goals, United have been getting results. Since the defeat at the end of the September to Tottenham, United have won all four of their fixtures, scoring 12 in the process. But just as notable is the fact we have conceded five in that run, showing that defensively we still aren’t as good as we can be.

Head-to-head

United took four points from Chelsea last season, routing the Londoners at Old Trafford and then coming from 3 down to get a point at the Bridge. Whilst we were able to record a memorable 1-0 win there in the Champions League back in 2011, we haven’t picked up three points in the league there since 2002.

Best bets

Wayne Rooney to score at 2.90. Rooney has scored in four of his last six appearances against Chelsea, including a brace last time. With two goals against Stoke last weekend opening his account for the season, the price is appealing.

Over 3.5 goals at 2.60. United have scored 21 goals in their eight games; Chelsea 19. This fixture finished 3-3 last time around so expect goals this time too.

Man United to score a penalty at 8.00. Last season in this game United scored two penalties. This season we were poor from the spot early on but have improved.

Score prediction: Chelsea 2-3 Man United (24.00)

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