Chelsea vs Manchester United 20.10.2018 - Free Betting Tips

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Jose Mourinho’s latest return to Stamford Bridge will be interesting, with a Chelsea fanbase who still fondly remember him bringing the title to their club, but will think nothing of sending his present side away with another defeat to add to an already too-tall pile. Looking at current Chelsea vs Manchester United betting tips, you’d never believe that the visitors here were the Premiership’s most successful club, managed by one of Europe’s highest-achieving coaches. Can the Red Devils spring a surprise here?

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20. October 2018 | 12:30
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Chelsea win
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It’s no great shock to see Chelsea as favourites here, as they are at home and have an unbeaten record. Indeed, the price of 8/11 on offer from BetVictor for them to take all three points seems like the Chelsea vs Manchester United best odds of the day. Under Maurizio Sarri, this Chelsea side have thrived in attack with Eden Hazard showing his class – but an occasionally brittle defence means that we can see United scoring. Taking Chelsea to win, but both teams to score (12/5, BetBright) seems like a sound option. If you want to get more specific, then predicting the correct score could be an interesting market. A realistic prediction would be Chelsea to win 3-1, for which Dafabet are offering odds of 12/1.

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Chelsea vs Manchester United Betting Tips: Form Guide

Sarri Seems To Be The Right Manager

Chelsea’s performance over the past few seasons has been up and down, with the 2016 season seeing them miss out on Europe altogether, then a title win in 2017 under Antonio Conte before the same manager delivered fifth place and the FA Cup – and was sacked – at the end of last season. So far this campaign, there are signs of an uptick in form, with the club comfortable in second place, level on points with the leaders Manchester City. Importantly, the players seem not to hate their manager, which is a definite improvement on that metric.

Maurizio Sarri has in many ways simplified things from Conte’s technocratic approach. A three-man front line containing Hazard and two other players is given plenty of attacking freedom, while Jorginho pulls the strings from midfield giving Ross Barkley and N’Golo Kante licence to close down opponents and get forward. The recent 3-0 trouncing of Southampton at St Mary’s saw Hazard and Barkley getting on the scoresheet, while expensive misfit Alvaro Morata chipped in with a late goal.

Chelsea have dropped four points in total so far this season – in a 1-1 home draw with fellow title challengers Liverpool which could have been a win had Daniel Sturridge not scored in the 89th minute, and a 0-0 at West Ham. Although the latter result looked poor in isolation, West Ham’s recent form indicates that drawing at the Boleyn Ground is less of a disaster than it seems. For Chelsea vs Manchester United betting tips for today, home advantage and a higher level of performance point to the hosts as obvious favourites.

Will He, Won’t He: Mourinho Speculation Likely To Drag On

The three defeats experienced by Manchester United in their first eight games have been the focus of much of the criticism aimed their way, but some attention might also be paid to the games they have won – in particular the first and the last ones on the list right now. Winning at home to Leicester was a decent opening to the season, but having gone ahead three minutes into the campaign they really made heavy weather of securing the three points. Had a late header from Kasper Schmeichel crept in, the game would have finished 2-2.

More recently, Mourinho’s men welcomed the arrival of hapless relegation-fanciers Newcastle United, only to find themselves 2-0 down inside ten minutes. Three goals in the last twenty minutes reversed the deficit and ensured three points, but can a win plucked from the jaws of defeat against such shambolic opposition really be considered a revival? We’ll find out at Stamford Bridge this lunchtime, but the smart money has to be on “No, of course not”. United’s best bet here is to try and hit on the counter before frustrating the more attacking opponent for the rest of the game – but when you note that United’s wins have come against soft-ball opposition like the aforementioned sides, plus Watford and Burnley, their chances here are rightly felt to be limited.

Of course, with talented players like Marcus Rashford and former Blues Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata in their ranks, United could pull off a shock here. But the fact we’re talking about a Mourinho side in such underdog terms in Chelsea vs Manchester United match previews indicates the latter’s sorry state right now.

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The Last Five Games

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  • Chelsea Form3 wins and 2 draws in the last 5 matches
  • Chelsea Goals7 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Man U Form1 win, 3 draws and 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Man U Goals7 goals in the last 5 matches
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Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview: Recent Meetings

The three meetings between these Premier League giants last season were more memorable for the mind-numbingly puerile spat between Mourinho and Conte that trailed behind each confrontation like a bad smell. Mourinho appears to have no personal animosity for Sarri, nor vice versa, so here’s hoping they can both shut up and provide an entertaining occasion.

“Entertaining” would not be the word to sum up the most recent meeting, in May’s FA Cup Final, which ended 1-0 to Chelsea through a Hazard penalty. Mourinho accused that day’s opponents of playing unambitious, niggly football – which was absolutely accurate on the day (United out-shot Chelsea by 20 to three), but a little hypocritical based on his own history. In the league, each side won their home meeting – Chelsea by 1-0 through a Morata strike, and United 2-1 with Lukaku and Jesse Lingard blotting out Willian’s opener. In theory, this should be a close game, but based on this season’s evidence, it may not be.

Chelsea vs Manchester United Prediction: Anti-Climactic Home Win

The only thing that can be guaranteed about any match between these two is that the pre-game hype will reach a fever pitch that will be difficult for the match itself to live up to. Under Sarri, Chelsea are certainly a more entertaining side than in the Conte, and indeed Mourinho, eras. United will seek, in this game, to drag the opposition down to their level and beat them with experience. This might work – Chelsea lack a striker who can reliably break the kind of blanket defence the visiting boss will attempt to deploy here – but with Hazard in the home side, there is always the prospect of that moment of magic that any side needs to unlock a defence.

This match will not decide Mourinho’s fate as United manager, unless it’s a particularly stinging humiliation – which it almost certainly won’t be. Nonetheless, it’s very hard to see a visiting side that has stumbled its way through the first couple of months of the season being the ones to break Chelsea’s well-earned unbeaten streak. If United do their job very well, they might get away from the Bridge with a draw, and they should be happy with that. However, our Chelsea vs Manchester United prediction is that the hosts will do what they need to get the three points, and possibly with a bit to spare.

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