Usually, the title of “Derby of the week” is straightforward to give, but this weekend won’t be that simple. We have two Manchester – London derbies, one between City and Arsenal, and the other between Chelsea and United. Sadly for the Gunners, their game against the Citizens seems rather one-sided, and a positive result for them would be quite the surprise. That is why most football analysts consider Chelsea – United the derby of the week in the Premier League – and the hardest game to predict.
Both teams have Champions League games on Tuesday(results: Man Utd vs Benfica 2:0, Roma vs Chelsea 3:0), and both sides are leading their respective groups ahead of them. Chelsea, however, have some extra incentives – they have to avoid defeat against Roma ( a rather long travel, too ) in order to maintain complete control over the group and qualify with a comfortable victory over Qarabag. Internally, they sit 4th, but aren’t exactly impressive lately.
Their attack works as always, but they’ve been conceding some goals recently, especially on counter-attacks. Hazard and Pedro are at the top of their game, but the strikers (Morata or Batschuayi) aren’t delivering what is needed from them at this time. The game against Bournemouth was a typical Chelsea game this year – some defensive fragility, a few shocking misses, but not a lot of clear-cut chances created.
On the other hand, Man United are at the top of their game. After the fluke against Huddersfield, they have defeated Tottenham 1-0 at home and currently sit 2nd. While they would love a victory against Chelsea to keep pace with Man City, Mourinho’s style is well known in the football world: avoid defeat in derbies away from home.
He will probably instruct his team to defend, a thing which they are very capable of: United have the best defense in the league with just 4 goals conceded, two in the disaster against Huddersfield. They also have great in-form strikers: Lukaku, Martial, and Rashford are all quick and deadly.
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Betting Offers & Tips
From a betting perspective, we recommend steering clear of an outright bet for this game. We remember the 4-0 win for Chelsea when they scored first and counter-attacking just didn’t work for United – and remember that the Red Devils’ previous win (except for the one at the end of last season) goes way back in 2012.
We recommend going under 2,5 goals, because we expect a very close game, and you might even bet that Chelsea doesn’t score more than once. United to score is another good idea, because it seems that they manage to find the net this season, one way or the other. But if you feel like risking a little, go for a 1-1 correct score bet – a Mourinho special.
Betting Tips & Latest Odds
Both Teams To Score: Yes @ 1.95 or 19/20
Correct Score: 1-1 @ 6.50 or 11/2