The central confrontation of the 26th game day of the Premier League of England will take place at Stamford Bridge in London, where the local Chelsea will face one of the main competitors in the fight for the Champions League – Manchester United. What can you expect from this fight and what are the best bets on its outcome? Let’s find out.
The first fight of the “aristocrats” with the “red devils” is dated September 28, 1907: then the “Sir” in the 5th round of the English Championship won a crushing away victory in London with a score of 4: 1. All in all, the teams have crossed paths with each other 179 times in their entire history – Monday’s meeting will be an anniversary one. Statistics testify to the overall superiority of Manchester United: + 52 = 52-75 with the difference between goals scored and conceded 220-290 – of course, in favor of the “red devils”. At the same time, the average performance of Chelsea froze at around 1.23 goals per game, while Man United scored 1.62 goals on average.
The biggest victory of the “aristocrats” in the confrontation with “Manchester United” (5: 0) was recorded on October 3, 1999. In turn, “Manchester” can boast of an even more spectacular defeat: on December 26, 1960, he finished with the “Chelsea” with a score of 6: 0. And the biggest outcome in the history of this pair was 5: 6 in favor of Manchester United (October 16, 1954).
Chelsea are approaching the reporting game with 41 points (+ 12 = 5-8, goals 43-34). The Aristocrats are on the fourth line of the Premier League standings – and a miracle must happen for Lampard’s wards to be among the top three winners: the gap from the third Leicester is 8 points, to Man City – 10 points, and Liverpool broke away from the “pensioners” by 32 (!) points. It is unlikely that the Chelsians will be upset by flying past silver or bronze medals – the main thing in this story is to stay in the top 4, winning a direct ticket to the group stage of the Champions League 2020/21.
Manchester United continues to be in a fever this season: the Red Devils are trailing in the middle of the table, gaining 35 points (+ 9 = 8-8, a difference of 36-29) and placing on the 8th line, which, of course, does not give a pass to European cups. In pursuit of the Champions League zone, Solskjaer’s wards, above all, must beat Chelsea – and reduce the gap from the “aristocrats” to 3 points. Otherwise, the “red devils” may not have another opportunity to catch up with the “pensioners” – they understand this very well.
Having studied the list of main outcomes, it is worth making the obvious conclusion that it is Frankie Lampard’s guys who are the overdogs of this confrontation, while the “red devils” have minimal chances of success:
- Chelsea win (W1) – odds from 1.83 to 1.91.
- Draw (X) – from 3.6 to 3.7.
- Manchester United win (W2) – 4.2 to 4.6.
If you want to play it safe, avoiding unnecessary risks – then by all means pay attention to the double outcomes, which are ideal for inclusion in the express. Are you used to playing in single orders? Here it is appropriate to bet only on the non-loss of Manchester United – if you, of course, believe in this option:
- Victory of the “aristocrats” or a draw (1 X) – odds from 1.2 to 1.25.
- Chelsea or Red Devils (1 2) net winnings between 1.2 and 1.33.
- Draw or win for Manchester United (X 2) – from 1.83 to 2.06.
The Chelsea team’s average performance this season is at a high level of 1.72 goals (43 goals scored after 25 rounds), while the Mankunians have similar indicators at 1.44 goals per round (36 goals scored). In view of the fact that both teams can be ranked as scoring teams, and also taking into account the highest integrity of the upcoming meeting, it would be quite logical to include a bet on one of the “big” totals in the bet slip. Also, you cannot go past the position “Both will score – Yes” (coffs vary in the range from 1.73 to 1.81, and the option “OZ – No” goes for 1.91-2.0). Note that the line of main totals looks like this:
- TB (1.5) – from 1.28 to 1.32; TM (1.5) – from 3.4 to 3.75.
- TB (2.0) – from 1.45 to 1.47; TM (2.0) – from 2.72 to 2.9.
- TB (2.5) – from 1.83 to 1.96; TM (2.5) – from 1.85 to 1.97.
- TB (3.0) – from 2.59 to 2.66; TM (3.0) – from 1.5 to 1.54.
- TB (3.5) – from 3.0 to 3.35; TM (3.5) – from 1.33 to 1.38.