With eight wins and two draws from eleven outings, Manchester United have the best away record in the Premier League and despite heading to Stamford Bridge as outsiders, Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges can improve their travelling record by collecting yet another three points on the road, at the expense of Chelsea.
The hosts, 7/4 chances at BetVictor, have already lost on their own patch to Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa while only half a dozen top-flight teams have conceded more home goals than the Blues so the statistics point to a United triumph, even though there will be no shortage of punters tackling the draw at 23/10 via Stan James.
The champions’ last league match, saw them edge out Arsenal in North London so it’s hard to fathom just why Betfred make them 19/10 to also emerge triumphant in the west of the capital, where they’re a chunky 11/1 courtesy of Blue Square to register another 2-1 success.
Alternatively, bet365 post 15/4 against a United victory by a one-goal margin, a wager that also covers a 1-0 win (17/2, Boylesports), a repeat of the result Sir Alex Ferguson’s troops posted when they last visited Stamford Bridge, in the Champions League last April.
Wayne Rooney meanwhile, was the match winner in that one and also found the net when the Red Devils saw off Chelsea 3-1 earlier this term and with six goals to his name in his last eight outings, the United front man catches the eye in William Hill’s first scorer betting at odds of 6/1.
Fifth-placed Newcastle are Partybets’ 11/10 favourites to get the better of Aston Villa in today’s lunchtime encounter but Alex McLeish’s side, Ladbrokes’ 11/4 outsiders, are the Premier League’s draw specialists and battled back well in midweek to earn a point, when their performance arguably deserved more, so the value perhaps lies in a St James’ Park stalemate, priced by Skybet at 12/5.