It’s rare to see the Premier League champions given an odds-on quote to lose a match, regardless of the opponent but that’s the case as a vulnerable-looking Manchester United head to the capital to face in-form Chelsea.
The Blues are 4/5 at Paddy Power to effectively put paid to any lingering hopes David Moyes’s men have of retaining their crown, while bet365 price United at 9/2 to inflict a rare home reverse on the Blues and it’s 14/5 via BetVictor to finish all square.
Inevitably, the latter will have one or two backers given that this is a collision between two of the top flight’s heavyweights but in reality, Jose Mourinho’s charges look significantly stronger, especially in the absence of the visitors’ influential front man Robin van Persie and it would be no surprise to see their price come down significantly in the lead-up to kick-off.
Ladbrokes post 27/10 against the hosts shading it by a one-goal margin at Stamford Bridge, where Winner.com price them at 13/2 to bag the only goal and it’s a tempting 2/1 at betway for Chelsea to combine victory with a clean sheet, a quote made more attractive in light of the major doubts over Wayne Rooney’s fitness.
At the other end meanwhile, Fernando Torres is beginning to look a bit more like his old self and will undoubtedly attract cash at 5/1 with Stan James to break the deadlock.
Chelsea to beat Man Utd by one – 27/10 (Ladbrokes)