Chelsea v Man United Preview and Betting Tips, 20 October 2018

Chelsea kick off the Premier League weekend on Saturday, as we once again get a stellar encounter on the back of the international break. The Blues host rivals Man United, with Jose Mourinho set for a difficult trip to Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese boss hasn’t enjoyed the majority of his clashes with his former side since leaving them in 2015, and now he faces off with Maurizio Sarri, which seems like a war of words waiting to happen.

Chelsea v Man United Betting Guide, Premier League, 20th October 2018, Stamford Bridge, Kick off: 12:30pm

Top Betting Tip

  • Chelsea to win – at 7/10 with Coral

Stats, Injuries and Suspensions

After the FA Cup final in May, Chelsea have won four of six meetings with Mourinho’s United. Antonio Conte had a great record in London against the Red Devils, winning every clash. Pipping them to silverware at the tail end of last season was a small boost to Chelsea, but they’re aiming to kick on and lift the Premier League title this time around. The Blues sit second, in a top five split by just two points. Meanwhile, United lie in eighth, some way off the pace.

United make this trip with some issues around team selection. They usually approach matches like these with a packed midfield, but both Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are doubtful for the trip. The pair leave United a little short in the centre of the park, and that leaves Mourinho with a big decision to make. Scott McTominay has been a stand-in of late, but will he be trusted in a game of this magnitude?

Chelsea v Man United Tips

The Blues come here as the favourites, priced at 7/10 with Coral. United can be found at 4/1 with Betfair to win this clash, while the draw is a shade under 3/1 with BetVictor. The Blues do seem like deserved favourites after their unbeaten start, while United have won one of their last five matches overall.

With the Blues winning four of their last five at home to United, they seem well priced for a victory here. The hosts have also kept their fair share of clean sheets at home to United of late, and we could see a repeat here. Mourinho tends to set up low scoring trips to the top sides, and we can see him trying the same here, so we’re backing Chelsea to win and under 2.5 goals at 13/8 with Ladbrokes.

Chelsea Recent Results

  • Southampton 0-3 Chelsea – 7th October, Premier League
  • Chelsea 1-0 Vidi – 4th October, Europa League
  • Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool – 29th September, Premier League
  • Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea – 26th September, EFL Cup
  • West Ham 0-0 Chelsea – 23rd September, Premier League

Man United Recent Results

  • Man United 3-2 Newcastle – Date, Premier League
  • Man United 0-0 Valencia – Date, Champions League
  • West Ham 3-1 Man United – Date, Premier League
  • Man United 2-2 Derby – Date, EFL Cup
  • Man United 1-1 Wolves – Date, Premier League

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