Scotland V England Saturday 24th February. 4:45PM. BBC One Scotland v England renew their rivalry…
One of the biggest games in English football and sure to garner big television viewing figures worldwide, inconsistent Manchester United take on Premier League leaders Chelsea in a high profile, live on Sky, Super Sunday clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Mixed Bag for Van Gaal as Man Utd Coach
Successive 2-1 home defeats of West Ham and Everton led some punters to believe that Manchester United had turned a corner after their shocking 5-3 loss at Leicester from a winning 3-1 position, but van Gaal’s troops then had to twice come from a goal down to draw 2-2 away to West Brom in their most recent fixture.
All in all, the Red Devils simply weren’t able to convert enough of the many chances they had to score at the Hawthorns, but they looked shaky defensively and it’s surely going to take a while yet before Man Utd really can be trusted by bettors on a consistent basis.
Mourinho Laments Costa Injuries
With Spanish national team coach Vicente Del Bosque intent on using the on/off inured Diego Costa until he finally scored his first goal for his adopted country in the recent international break, particularly against Luxembourg whom he viewed as ideal opposition for such a thing, he found an enemy in Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been heavily critical of the World Cup winning Spanish coach’s decision, claiming that Costa was unfit for selection in the first place and shouldn’t have been called up for national team duty.
Known to claim that players aren’t fit and won’t play in big matches only to then field them in the game, Mourinho might well do the same with Premier League joint-top scorer Costa at Old Trafford this weekend.
Certainly, Costa has made a big difference in Chelsea’s ability to score goals in 2014/15 and looks like the missing piece of a jigsaw that had too many draws as a team last season, but even if he doesn’t play the Blues have another player who’s made a big difference offensively this season in Cesc Fabregas, and he’s no stranger to playing and scoring against Manchester United.
With a few players rested, Chelsea played and easily defeated Maribor 6-0 in the UEFA Champions League midweek to continue to sit atop their group, while they’re also undefeated in the Premier League with seven wins and a draw from eight games.
Manchester United v Chelsea Betting:
All in all, despite the general low-scoring nature of many Man Utd – Chelsea clashes in the past, both teams have scored in three of the Red Devils last four Premier League games at Old Trafford and their last four league games overall. Add the fact that both teams have scored in all of Chelsea 2014/15 Premier League away games and we think that BTTS looks like a very good bet indeed.
Of course, there’s a possibility that Mourinho’s will send his potential tired troops out to play defensive football, but van Gaal’s Man Utd look disorganised defensively and lack leadership throughout the team, so there should be a strong chance of Chelsea scoring regardless of fatigue from those that played in the UCL, and a half-fit Diego Costa.
Indeed, with Chelsea having played midweek in Europe and Man Utd failing to qualify for any level of European football last season, this could help Man Utd keep their part of the both teams to score bargain.
Otherwise, with the price constantly shortening on BTTS, Chelsea draw no bet also appeals at 1.75 if you want an alternative or second bet.