Chelsea v Manchester United: RVP to score but Chelsea to win
The stage is set for Chelsea to silence doubters and prove their title credentials (for the first half of the season in any case). If beating Tottenham last weekend was proof that Chelsea are genuinely title contenders this season, beating Man Utd (albeit only at Stamford Bridge, will not only put 7 points between Chelsea and their most dangerous league rivals before October is over, it will also underline the progress made by the team in dealing with the ‘transitions’ of last season.
Chelsea have dropped only two points in the first 8 games, storming to a four point lead at the top of the table. Terry and Lampard are unavailable for this game for different reasons, but with Hazard, Mata and Oscar gelling very nicely together goal-scoring is unlikely to be a problem for them. In fact, given United’s defensive issues, you could bet on Chelsea getting at least a goal and most likely 2 or more.
Chelsea are the only team in the Premier League era with a positive win/loss record against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, and on the balance of recent form and history in this fixture (in the Premier League), you can expect Chelsea’s fantastic record to continue. I would also back Torres to score against United given his above-average record against them.
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United come into this match boasting an unbeaten record in their last five games against Chelsea in all competitions (W4 D1). However, that has more to do with the two Champions League defeats and two games at Old Trafford (plus that horror-show of a second-half last season) than any meaningful dominance against the Blues.
United’s laughable defending this season (not helped by injuries) means they will try to pack the middle of the pitch, play on the counter and also resort to dirty tricks to stop Chelsea from scoring. They did the same against City away from home last season and it wouldn’t be any surprise if Ferguson tried the same tactic that he often uses when facing superior teams.
However if United really are to stand a chance in this title race, Ferguson will need to set out to attack Chelsea at some point, and the history of this fixture points to a frenetic final 20 minutes where a goal is almost always scored after the 70th minute. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hernandez or Robin van Persie got a goal for United in the final minutes of the game, but Chelsea still ended up winning.
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