It was one of the most controversial matches of the season so far as Manchester United ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start with a 3-2 victory on Sunday but the Blues have the chance to gain immediate revenge as the pair renew hostilities in what is now likely to be a fiery Capital One Cup tie at Stamford Bridge.
After they were somewhat hard done to at the weekend, it’s hard not to feel that Chelsea will get the benefit of any 50-50 decisions in this one and with a vociferous, hostile crowd behind them they should emerge triumphant in this one, especially as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men won’t quite be as up for this match.
Nevertheless, the visitors can get on the scoresheet, so Stan James’ 8/13 for both teams to find the net is a banker and with another tally of three or more goals also likely, at 4/6 (Paddy Power), bet365’s 11/5 for a home win in a game featuring over 2.5 goals is worth considering.
In attack meanwhile, Chelsea’s sublime Brazilian forward Oscar was sacrificed on Sunday when his team were reduced to ten men but he was playing well until that point and he can make an impact in this one. Bet365 post 11/1 against the youngster breaking the deadlock and he’s 10/3 with Blue Square to notch at any point.
At Anfield, Brendan Rodgers comes up against former club Swansea and his Liverpool team, at 4/9 courtesy of Coral, should have the edge while William Hill chalk Tottenham up at 10/11 to see off Norwich but it could be all square (13/5, Totesport) when normal time expires at Carrow Road.
Oscar to score first in Chelsea v Man Utd – 11/1 (bet365)