Chelsea travel to Manchester to take on Red Devils

Published on April 12th, 2017 7:35 pm EST
Written By: Cian Murray
Chelsea FC goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in training.  Wearing a yellow top. For once, Tottenham Hotspur fans will be supporting Manchester United in a Premier League game!

If the Red Devils don't get a result against Chelsea, Spurs can forget about their title ambitions for another season.

United won't be playing just for Spurs either, as they have plenty of their own reasons for needing points in this game.

Jose Mourinho's team go into this weekend four points off the Champions League places and desperately in need of another win.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are sitting pretty atop of the pile and they are looking unstoppable in their bid to claim yet another title. They have won four of their last five and looked impressive in their last outing against Bournemouth.

United brushed aside a poor Sunderland side in their last game, but truth be told, a well organised social team could have given David Moyes' side a good game.

United's opposition was astonishingly poor, so it is not worth your time judging the Red Devils on that performance.

A more accurate reflection of their capabilities are the two recent drawn games against Everton and West Brom. United are a team that are difficult to beat, but who find it hard to win against competent sides.

Thus, the draw looks like a great bet at 11/5.

Chelsea's only recent defeat came in the league against a decent Crystal Palace team, who also proved too much to handle in their last game against Arsenal. Aside from that blip, The Blues have been brushing teams aside with ease.

If you fancy them to do the same here, you can back an away win at a price of 7/4. United's price seems rather unjustified to us; they are 13/8 to win the game.

Despite being at home, we don't see them getting a result. Amazingly, United haven't beaten Chelsea in twelve games.

Their last win came all the way back in 2012. Juan Mata scored that day, but his goal was for The Blues - that indicates how long ago it was. Of course, the Spanish midfielder is now a United player, but he will sit out the game against his former club with an injury.

United's Swedish talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be hoping to upset the odds and lead his side to victory. He is priced at 4/1 to get the first goal.

In-form Chelsea striker Diego Costa is the same price and we think that is a far superior bet. Costa has been virtually unstoppable lately and will relish this challenge.

Outside of these two, there is an excellent supporting cast; world class playmaker Eden Hazard is 6/1 to open the scoring, while young starlet Marcus Rashford is 13/2 to get the opener.

Our money is on Chelsea to win and Costa to get the opener. It's Chelsea's year and they are ready to bring the trophy home.

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