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Chelsea v Manchester United Premier League match betting preview

Posted on 17/01/2014 in Premier League

Now is the time for Jose Mourinho to prove he's still special. In his matches against the Premier League's other heavyweights, Mourinho has settled for dull stalemates so far. 

August's 0-0 bore draw at Old Trafford was the shining example of this pragmatic approach, but now the return fixture in front of their home fans and a win may shut some doubters up. The Blues are priced at 3/4 to get three points and keep up with the Premier League leaders.   

If Chelsea are to win, they'll need goals. Fernando Torres can't stop scoring at the minute – well, relatively – as he has notched in back-to-back games. He is available at 9/2 to score first, but with Jose Mourinho's penchant for switching strikers like Roman Abramovich changes managers, the better bet may be 23/20 to score at anytime. 

What is in Mourinho's and Chelsea's favour is their great Premier League record against Manchester United. The champions have failed to score in their last three games against Chelsea in all competitions. 

However, David Moyes is a record breaker. Unfortunately for United, he seems to be helping other teams break their winless streaks against them, but if you think that the away team can breach John Terry and co, odds of 11/20 say Chelsea won't keep a clean sheet.

Moyes' and United's hopes may dangle by the finest of threads – the hair on Wayne Rooney's head, perhaps. The re-turfed striker has been the Reds' star performer so far this campaign, but he is struggling for fitness and may only be on the bench.   

He is priced at 13/10 to get a goal on Sunday (January 19th).

With Rooney struggling to play and Robin van Persie still wondering who the new Scottish guy is, Javier Hernandez may get some playing time, especially as his record against Chelsea is so good. The Little Pea has six in his last nine against the home team and is available at 8/5 to get another.