Chelsea v Manchester United Betting Tips: Conte to get the better of Mourinho again
Football writer Thomas Giles highlights a bet ahead of Monday’s FA Cup clash between Chelsea and Man United at Stamford Bridge.
Monday’s FA Cup tie looks like it could be a real cracker between two top Premier League sides as Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
We all know how well Chelsea are doing this season, hence why they sit ten points clear at the top of the league following three wins on the bounce and no defeats in seven.
Antonio Conte’s side have some of the best offensive and defensive stats in the league with 57 scored and just 20 goals conceded in 27 top flight matches. In fact, when you add their clean sheet tally of 13 into the mix, I would say they have the best defence in the division.
The Blues are absolutely unstoppable at home at the moment and have won every single match since losing 2-1 to Liverpool back in late September. It is also worth noting that they have scored in every home game so far this campaign. They have certainly had their shooting boots on at Stamford Bridge recently with ten goals in the last three games in all competitions.
Manchester United managed to battle through their Europa League tie against Russian side FC Rostov and scored a vital away goal which makes them heavy favourites to go through – even though they were beforehand.
The Red Devils conceded a rather cheap goal in that match in Rostov which means they have now failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last three games – they had kept six in the seven matches prior to the League Cup final against Southampton. United have been guilty of missing chances this season and relying too much on talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic for their goals. A massive factor in this match against Chelsea is that the Swede will miss this game through suspension. Who will provide the goals for United now?
Jose Mourinho will once again go back to Stamford Bridge as United manager. His most recent visit to Chelsea ended in a humiliating 4-0 defeat for his side and he will no doubt be keen to make amends which could be another factor. His team are currently on a four-match unbeaten run away from Old Trafford.
Chelsea have not heavily rotated their squad in the cup this season, even against Championship sides, so why would he do so here? United played a weakened team in Rostov on Thursday with this match against Chelsea in mind.
The Blues are the favourites here and rightly so. Mourinho going back to his old stomping ground is of course a bit of a story but he has already done it so the feeling will not quite be the same. I think the much bigger factor here is Ibrahimovic missing out. The rest of the United strike force look far less likely to break down that immense Chelsea back-line. With this in mind, ‘Chelsea to Win to Nil’, at 2/1, is too good to miss.
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