Game Preview and Odds - Manchester United vs. Chelsea FC - English Premier League - Aug 26th, 2013

Manchester United vs. Chelsea FC - Matchup and Team LogosLast year's champions, Manchester United, host Chelsea FC in the English Premier League (EPL) on Monday, August 26th at Old Trafford.

This is the first big matchup in the EPL this year. According to the odds, both teams are going to be in a tight race to win the league this season.

Manchester United are coming off a 4-1 victory against Swansea last weekend, while Chelsea most recently beat Aston Villa 1-2.

Let's take a look at the odds for the upcoming game at Old Trafford:

Man Utd: 6/4
Draw: 2/1
Chelsea: 2/1

Manchester United are the favourites to win the match on their home turf. $100 placed on the hosts could return $150 in profit, while the same bet on the guests could return $200 in profit.

Last year, Manchester United and Chelsea met five times. The scores were as follows:

Oct. 28, 2012 - Chelsea vs. Man Utd: 2-3 (Premier League)
Oct. 31, 2012 - Chelsea vs. Man Utd: 5-4 (Capital One Cup)
Mar. 10, 2013 - Man Utd vs. Chelsea: 2-2 (FA Cup)
Apr. 1, 2013 - Chelsea vs. Man Utd: 1-0 (FA Cup)
May 5, 2013 - Man Utd vs. Chelsea: 0-1 (Premier League)

Last season, Chelsea managed to eliminate the champions out of the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup. Chelsea also won the last encounter at Old Trafford.

The most likely score according to the odds will be a 2-1 victory for the hosts, offered at 8/1.

Robin van Persie is the favourite to score for Man Utd at 5/4, while Romelu Lukaku is the favourite to score for the guests at 9/4.

One of the big questions ahead of the match is if the England national, Wayne Rooney, will start the match for Manchester United. Rooney has publicly stated his desire to move to Stamford Bridge this summer, but all the Chelsea bids for the striker have been rejected so far.

This should be a very interesting match.

Who do you have on Monday?