Even taking into account how poorly they performed for large swathes of last season, it’s rare to see Manchester United chalked up as outsiders for a match at Old Trafford but that’s the case this weekend as Louis van Gaal’s side, at odds of 2/1 with BetVictor, entertain Premier League leaders Chelsea.
The Dutchman insists his side can still catch the table-topping Blues in the race for the title but a defeat in Sunday’s showdown, priced at 8/5 by William Hill would see United fall 13 points behind Jose Mourinho’s troops and surely send their odds to be crowned champions drift from their current marker of 25/1 (Skybet).
Given their defensive frailty, which was precisely what prevented them taking all three points at West Brom on Monday, it’s easy to see the hosts suffering a reverse at the hands of in-form Chelsea, especially if Diego Costa (a 9/2 chance at betway to open the scoring) is declared fit for the visitors.
That’s a big ‘if’ though and as United have looked reasonably effective on their own patch this term, bet365’s stalemate quote of 13/5 is about the best match bet.
Goals certainly look likely so a score draw at 7/2 courtesy of BetVictor isn’t without appeal and bolder punters, sensing a match tally of more than 2.5 goals (4/5, Stan James) might also fancy William Hill’s 14/1 about it finishing two-apiece.
Man Utd v Chelsea to be a score draw – 7/2 (BetVictor)