Chelsea v Manchester United Tips

SkySports1 Saturday 18th April / 5.30pm

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Under 2.5Total Goals31/40BetVictor
Eden HazardFirst Goalscorer13/2Paddy Power
John TerryFirst Goalscorer23/1Unibet
John TerryAnytime Goalscorer10/1Unibet
Gary Cahill (ew)First Goalscorer33/1Paddy Power
Wayne RooneyFirst Goalscorer8/1Ladbrokes
Chelsea 1-0Correct Score6/1Betfred
Man United 1-0Correct Score10/1Betfred

The Blues are favourites to win this game at best odds of Evens with Paddy Power and William Hill, while United can be backed at 7/2 and the draw at 5/2 (Bet365).

However, Coral are offering new customers odds of 6/1 on Chelsea to win here.

Jose Mourinho’s side have an excellent record against Manchester United in front of their own fans, having lost just one of their last 12 head to heads against their old foes at Stamford Bridge, but they have drawn four times and it may be – given their striker crisis – that Mourinho will set up his side not to lose this time around. Expect to see a more defensive set of players take to the field, with maybe even two holding players, or certainly five across a packed midfield.

United have only suffered one defeat recently – that to an in form Arsenal side in the FA Cup at the Emirates, and although they have ridden their luck at times this season and ‘won ugly’, this side have now won eight of their last ten league starts, scoring 23 goals in the process – that’s one less than the leading scorers during this period (Arsenal) and five more than Chelsea.

So, with us expecting Chelsea to be more defensive, we think that backing ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ may be a smart move here – especially as it will go against the crowd mentality, who will be expecting to see goals. Typically, when two good teams with excellent defenders and in form strikers meet, it’s the defences which get the better of the argument. BetVictor offer the best price at 31/40 and we suggest taking them on here to maximum stakes.

With doubts about the full fitness of Loic Remy and Diego Costa out, Chelsea don’t have too many options up front. Didier Drogba’s age (37) seems to be catching up on him, and he looked toothless against a poor defence in QPR. So, those looking for a First Goalscorer bet should turn their attention to the Blues midfield – or even further back. Eden Hazard has already scored 12 times in the league and he must be backed each-way to score first at odds of 13/2 with Paddy Power (as short as 9/2 elsewhere).

But given that we feel this game will be low scoring, it may pay to be with the Blues centre backs too, as they are always dangerous at set pieces. John Terry is a stand-out 23/1 with Unibet to score first, while he should also be backed to score at any time at 10/1 with Unibet (just 5/1 with William Hill). Meanwhile, Gary Cahill is a stand-out 33/1 with Paddy Power – take that price each way.

Wayne Rooney remains in good goal scoring form and he is too big at 8/1 with Ladbrokes to score first (6/1 elsewhere).

Finally, let’s back both 1-0’s with Betfred, as that firm will refund stakes should the game finish 1-1. Chelsea 1-0 is 6/1, while United 1-0 is 10/1. Betfred are also offering new customers a £5 free bet for every goal scored in this game here.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Under 2.5Total Goals31/40BetVictor
Eden Hazard (ew)First Goalscorer13/2Paddy Power
John TerryFirst Goalscorer23/1Unibet
John TerryAnytime Goalscorer10/1Unibet
Gary Cahill (ew)First Goalscorer33/1Paddy Power
Wayne RooneyFirst Goalscorer8/1Ladbrokes
Chelsea 1-0Correct Score6/1Betfred
Man United 1-0Correct Score10/1Betfred