Man Utd host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, in what is unquestionably the tie of the round.
Man Utd start as 4/5 favourites to win the match, Chelsea can be backed at 16/5, whilst the draw is available at 11/4. All odds quoted are available with William Hill.
What better tonic for Sir Alex Ferguson and his players to bounce back from midweek despair against Real Madrid than to face bitter rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup. The United manager will have his players totally focused on taking apart Chelsea as he eyes the domestic league and cup double. The Red Devils have only lost to one English team at home since the start of 2012, and that team was Tottenham Hotspur who recorded a 3-2 league victory at Old Trafford back in September. Prior to their midweek Champions League defeat, United had kept four clean sheets in their last eight home matches in all competitions.
With an unhappy manager and unhappy supporters, it is a bit of a guessing game as to how Chelsea might perform against United, although the bookies are taking no chances in offering up the Blues to win at just 16/5. Chelsea’s recent away form has hardly been impressive, losing to Man City and Newcastle, and also dropping points at Reading and Swansea since mid-January. Goals have also been thin on the ground in recent matches involving Chelsea, with five of their last games six in all competitions going under 2.5 goals.
Recent meetings between Man Utd and Chelsea show that neither side normally keeps a clean sheet and goals are usually prevalent. The last six encounters between these two have seen both teams score, and a total of 30 goals have been netted. Every one of those last six games has gone over 2.5 goals. Both teams to score is the obvious bet but odds of 6/10 make little appeal, as does over 2.5 goals at 8/13. However the Match x Goals market offers good value for Man Utd to win and over 2.5 goals, and at 7/5 is a confident selection.
Man Utd vs Chelsea Best Bet
Man Utd to win and over 2.5 goals – 7/5 with William Hill
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Robin Van Persie to score and Man Utd to win – 2/1 with William Hill
Juan Mata to score and Chelsea to win – 12/1 with William Hill
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