The standout game from a relatively subdued Premier League weekend sees Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (5.30pm). United’s win over Spurs in midweek leaves them in fourth with Chelsea just one place and one point above them.
While it’s still early days, this game could have a huge bearing on the final Champions League places, so let’s get straight on and see what the bookies make of it with our CFC vs MUFC preview and betting tips.
There are odds against figures on all three possible outcomes but Chelsea lead the way here. A number of the top betting outlets are quoting best industry odds of 23/20 on the home win while both the draw, and a victory for Manchester United are listed at 5/2 in places.
Both teams endured a relatively slow start to the season. United were in the bottom three at the beginning of the campaign while Chelsea’s sluggish opening saw them replace their manager. Current form is much better in both camps and this is a tight one to call.
Before making a judgement on the result, this preview will take a look at the players most likely to have a say in the outcome. In the first goalscorer markets, Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts things off at a general 5/1 while Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo follows at best industry odds of 11/2.
The fact that Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel after being left on the bench on Wednesday suggests that he won’t start the game. At the very least, you should probably check team news before getting behind CR7. Other options in this market include Kai Havertz at 7/1, Raheem Sterling at 7/1 and Marcus Rashford at 10/1. Slightly further back at a top price of 11/1 is Bruno Fernandes, who added the second in United’s win over Tottenham.
Moving away from player betting, Both Teams to Score is listed for Saturday’s game at 4/6 with most bookmakers. Those who prefer the ‘No’ option on BTTS will see the figures climb to best odds of 13/10.
Over in the Total Goals section, a stake Above the 2.5 line would currently be paid out at 4/5 while there are odds of 21/10 available for those who want to push it to Over 3.5. Those anticipating a dull 90 minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday evening could look at Under 2.5 goals which is quoted at evens.
Correct Score suggestions round things off. The bookies feel this will be tight and a 2-1 win to Chelsea will attract some interest at 17/2. The same scoreline in favour of Manchester United is out to 12/1 while a 1-1 draw can be claimed at 13/2.
Our Preview’s CFC vs MUFC Betting Tips Verdict
While Manchester United eased past a toothless Tottenham side on Wednesday night, Chelsea would have been disappointed with a 0-0 draw away to neighbours Brentford. Overall form is, however, impressive in the Blues camp. Chelsea have yet to lose under Graham Potter and it’s important to note that they’ve not conceded in any of their last five games.
Manchester United also shut out their midweek opponents. Since conceding six to Manchester City at the start of the month, Erik ten Hag’s side have let in just three goals in their last five and that run includes clean sheets in each of their last three matches.
The stats all point to a lower scoring affair. It’s interesting that the ‘no’ option on Both Teams to Score has climbed above evens and that could certainly be one to look at.
As we say quite often, trends are there to be broken. That theory doesn’t always come true, but we think there will be a few more goals in this one. It should also be a tight 90 minutes but this preview is coming down in favour of Chelsea.
Prior to Wednesday’s 2-0 result, Manchester United’s wins tend to come via a solitary goal. They have scraped past relegation candidates Everton and a weak Omonia Nicosia side in their last five.
Chelsea, on the other hand, tend to be more emphatic. While we suspect that Potter’s men will concede this time, they should have enough firepower at the other end of the pitch to claim the points.
Onto the selections: Based on that recap, we’ll start with Chelsea to win. Manchester United have yet to be entirely convincing and, with home advantage, the Blues should edge it.
If United are to get on the scoresheet, Bruno Fernandes may be the man to watch. He’s been profitable for us in the past and a brilliant strike against Spurs is encouraging. Fernandes at 10/3 for an anytime goal rounds off what will hopefully lead to a profitable 90 minutes for this vital game. So these are our CFC vs MUFC betting tips for this preview: