It goes without saying that Sunday’s Premier League match at Old Trafford is likely to have a bearing on which team wins the title this season. Chelsea arrive for the fixture two points behind the Red Devils and defeat will leave them playing the sort of catch-up which was a losing battle for the Blues under Carlo Ancelotti last term.
Bet365 have got a brilliant promotion for the match where new and existing customers can enjoy a free £50 In-Play bet on the game simply by staking £50 on any pre-match market.
The main priority for Chelsea is not to lose this game, with Stan James (£150 free bets) offering 14/5 about the game ending all square and indicating that Manchester United aren’t as unstoppable as they have looked in recent home matches against Tottenham and Arsenal.
The visitors beat Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday and have had plenty of time to prepare for this match, with Andre Villas-Boas working out whether David Luiz should play in central defence after the Brazilian opened the scoring against the German side during the week.
There is also the question of which attacking players to select, with Fernando Torres actually playing well against Leverkusen without scoring and the Spaniard is a 10/1 chance (Blue Square – £80 free betting) to break the deadlock at a ground where he has found the net plenty of times before.
However, Chelsea could be on the back foot for much of this game with Manchester United looking supreme at the moment and Sir Alex Ferguson was able to rest several key players for the Benfica match and still manage a 1-1 draw in Portugal.
The Red Devils are going to be a very popular bet at 17/20 (Paddy Power), with Ashley Young and Nani returning to the flanks, while Rio Ferdinand and Phil Jones will be the first-choice central pairing at the back.
Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez will be reunited in attack after their five goals against Bolton and the two strikers are 5/1 and 6/1 respectively to open the scoring on Sunday.