Betting preview | Manchester United v Chelsea
Monday night’s smash up at Old Trafford (8pm) could be more revealing than Miley Cyrus’s VMA dance routine as Manchester United and Chelsea put their respective title credentials to the test.
In the Red corner, champions Manchester United and Robin Van Persie have attracted bucket-loads of cash as David Moyes makes his Premier League home debut in the dug-out.
It’s squeaky bum time for Moyes as he must plot United’s path past the Blues ahead of a visit to Anfield on Sunday.
United swept Swansea aside at the Liberty Stadium 4-1 with RVP and Danny Welbeck getting two each and the Red Devils will want to lay down a marker against Chelsea who many believe will be the chief threat to their title ambitions.
In the Blue corner stands back-again Jose Mourinho’s side who sit top of the table after home wins against Hull City and Aston Villa.
It could be Wayne Rooney’s last game in a red shirt but he’s been backed to start tonight. But where’s your money really going on Manchester United v Chelsea?
Here’s five markets where you’ve been putting your hard-earned before the kick-off.
After a stream of bets this afternoon we’ve cut Wayne Rooney into 6/4 from 9/4 to start against Chelsea tonight! http://t.co/oLxvXWo0QC
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 26, 2013
1. Who’ll win the game?
United have attracted two thirds of the cash at 7/5 in the win-draw-win market. The Red Devils won 16 at home last season on the way to the title while Chelsea under the Special One won three, lost three and drew three of his nine games in charge.
Robin Van Persie’s onion-bag bursting streak speaks for itself. Top scorer in the Prem last season with 26 goals, he netted twice against Swansea last weekend in the 4-1 win. At 4.30pm there were almost four times as many punters (2,500) backing RVP to be first goalscorer at 9/2 next best, (580), Frank Lampard at 10/1.
3. Correct score:
Rafa Benitez engineered a 1-0 win here the last time the sides met but United had already claimed their 20th title. The draw is the popular outcome of tonight’s game with 1-1, (6/1) 2-2 (11/1) and amazingly 4-4 (250/1) all being backed with Paddy Power.
4. Player to be sent off:
It could get a bit tasty as neither side will want to give a psychological advantage to the other so early in the season. John Terry (20/1), Nemanja Vidic (18/1) and Branislav Ivanovic (20/1) have been backed to see red. It’s no coincidence that they’re the last line of defence and as slow as asthmatic snails. Wayne Rooney’s erratic temperament puts him next on the most likely to get an early bath list at 22/1.
5. Scorecast betting:
Picking a player to score at anytime and predicting the correct score has boosted bank balances before – especially with a striker in such red-hot form as RVP. The top six Scorecast bets involve RVP and range from United winning 2-1,1-0,3-1, 3-2 to a 2-2 draw. RVP to score and Chelsea to win 2-1 has also been nibbled at.