The Fear. We’ve all had it. You’re lying in bed, body aching, with a vicious case of dry mouth and an overwhelming dose of self-doubt. It’s a horrible situation that normally occurs the morning after a pleasant night on the town evolves into a jager-bombing, break-dancing, kebab-eating, trip to the porcelain city.
Unfortunately for David Moyes, he doesn’t even get the pleasure of a night tripping the light fandango. His fear sets in the weekend he faces Chelsea (Sunday, 4pm, Sky Sports 1)
David Moyes’ record against Chelsea
Manchester United head to Stamford Bridge on Sunday with the chance to close the gap between the two sides to just six points. A win for Chelsea however could see United fall eight points away from the Champions League places.
Unfortunately neither David Moyes’ record against the London side, nor when he goes toe-to-toe with the Special One, inspires a great deal of confidence.
- Moyes has never beaten Jose Mourinho in nine matches against him. He picked up three 1-1 draws while he was at Everton and a 0-0 stalemate against the Chelsea gaffer at United, with his two worst defeats being 3-0 and 4-1 beatings at the Bridge in 2006
- His overall win rate against Chelsea is a measly nine per cent. Moyes’ three wins coming in the league in the last four years might give United fans a glimpse of hope however
- Is there a case for Moyes not having the confidence or tactical nous to beat the big teams? His win rate is just 21 per cent against ‘The Big Seven’, a stat that hasn’t been helped (despite a move to United) after defeats to Everton, Spurs, Liverpool and Man City this year
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Manchester United fans will be quick to point out that the majority of these statistics are from Moyes’ time with Everton, a club with different expectations and aspirations than United. However there is further evidence to suggest the Red Devils may struggle on Sunday.
- Manchester United have never scored against Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in any competition. The Special One is unbeaten in the league at the Bridge – a record stretching back 69 games
- Sir Alex Ferguson’s United played Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea four times at the Bridge with United losing 3-0 and 1-0 as well as picking up two 0-0 draws
- In the uninspiring 0-0 draw at Old Trafford earlier this season, United mustered up just 12 shots on goal. 75 per cent of the attempts were off target and almost half of them were long-range efforts from outside the box
Unsurprisingly Man United are the 7/2 outsiders to take all three points in the Super Sunday clash, with Chelsea being well-backed at 4/5.
If you’re looking to back Chelsea and fancy a bit of value, five of their nine home victories have been by a single goal and they have won 2-1 in 44 per cent of the league games at Stamford Bridge.
The 2-1 correct score is a 7/1 shot and would be another blotch on the CV of David Moyes.
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