By Josh Powell | Stupid Punt
If you haven’t seen the overly dramatic super slow-mo Sky Sports ads you might not be aware that the ‘biggest game of football ever’ is happening on Monday night. Chelsea travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the first big clash between the top sides this season.
It’s the much-anticipated clash of Mourinho v Moyes and a fantastic punting opportunity with money back if Robin van Persie scores at anytime in the game.
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Here are three of the more outlandish bets in the book for United’s clash with Chelsea and some stats to try to back them up.
Correct score – Manchester United 4-5 Chelsea
Nine punters are on at 500/1
- Just once in 168 matches between these two sides have Chelsea won 5-4. It was in the Capital One Cup in October 2012
- Chelsea have scored five past United just three times in their history. Last year in the Capital One Cup, in the league in 1999 and in the old Division One in 1954
- Chelsea scored five just once during Mourinho’s first stint at the club – they beat Bolton 5-1 in the league in 2005
Nine punters are hoping lightning strikes twice in this fixture, after the 5-4 result in the league cup last October. That game did finish 3-3 after 90 minutes if we’re being pedantic, but nit-picking never won spectacular bets. A 5-4 Chelsea win wouldn’t be a bad way to start the week however and we’d probably get an obligatory knee-slide celebration from Jose.
Scorecast – John Terry to score first and Chelsea to win 5-0
One punter has placed this bet at 3000/1
- John Terry hasn’t scored in 456 minutes of football, his last goal came against Fulham in April
- Manchester United last conceded five goals on the last day of the 2012/13 season, away to West Brom
- The last time Manchester United conceded exactly five at Old Trafford was on December 30 1978 when West Brom beat them 5-3
JT doesn’t have too many fans, however this punter will be cheering him on every time the Blues get a corner. United getting a thrashing at home is rarer than a decent Adam Sandler film these days, but the Derby thumping is probably fresh enough in the memory to be concerned. A 3000/1 winner on a Bank Holiday Monday can’t be bad #MoyesOut.
Correct score – Manchester United 6-0 Chelsea
Two punters are on at 500/1
- QPR were the last team to beat Chelsea 6-0, on March 30 1986
- On December 26 1960 Manchester United beat Chelsea 6-0
- Manchester United have scored six past Chelsea three times in their history
There has been plenty made of Chelsea’s flimsy defence. Terry isn’t getting any younger, Ivanovich has his off days and David Luiz is as reliable as your Gran’s 15-year-old Clio. Jose Mourinho is blessed in attack, but not so much at the back, still this is ambitious.
Weather it is a passionate United fan or maybe just a Spurs supporter who likes to see their rivals get embarrassed, this has the makings of a stupid punt.