Jose Mourinho takes his Chelsea side to Old Trafford this week in what will be his first Premier League clash against his form mentor Louis Van Gaal, though whether the respect and admiration Mourinho has for Van Gaal will save United from defeat against rampant Chelsea is another matter. Meanwhile Manchester City will be hoping neighbours United help them reduce the 5 point gap between them and Chelsea.
Manchester United vs Chelsea
Chelsea have been chalked up as 8/5 favourites but haven’t won at Old Trafford since 2010. Meanwhile last season’s fixture ended 0-0, whilst United won the three games between. Perhaps the most interesting statistics are both team’s scoring records as United have scored two or more goals in each of their last 5 Premier League games, whilst Chelsea have only failed to score at least twice when drawing away at Manchester City. With that in mind, the 2/1 that there are over 3.5 goals looks great value.
As both teams have been adopting an attacking strategy this season, it may also be worth taking the 6/1 that there are more than 4.5 goals, whilst if you fancy adding a correct score bet to your portfolio you could do worse than backing 2-2 and 3-2 both ways.
More than 3.5 goals @ 2-1
More than 4.5 goals @ 6-1
Draw 2-2 @ 14/1
Man Utd 3-2 @ 33/1
Chelsea 3-2 @ 28/1
West Ham vs Manchester City
West Ham haven’t managed to win this fixture since 2009, whilst Man City have won three of the five games since. Both teams have won their last two, and sit respectively in 4th and 2nd, but, whilst West Ham have took an important 6 points from QPR and Burnley, City have looked much the better team in despatching Hull 4-2 and Spurs 4-1.
The 4/7 Manchester City looks perfectly acceptable but, as West Ham haven’t failed to score since the opening match of the season, the 2/1 City to win and both teams to score looks the value.
Man City to win and both teams to score @ 2/1
Double Delight – Southampton & Spurs
Despite the last four head-to-heads between Southampton and Stoke ending as draws, Southampton continue to progress under their new manager, whilst Stoke have done little to recommend them since winning at Manchester City in August.
Meanwhile Spurs have won of their last five home games against Newcastle and should have too much for the struggling Magpies.
Double: Southampton (8/13) & Spurs (4/5)
That’s our football betting tips for this week, what do you fancy?