Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side has had pundits purring like a walrus in recent weeks, as the swashbuckling Red Devils have swept aside Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City in style. However, there is one team. and one manager in particular, who can conjure up a result against United no matter how good their form.
As Chelsea gaffer Jose Mourinho has faced Man United 13 times, and suffered defeat just once, while United themselves have only won one of their last 12 Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge. The stats suggest, no matter how good United’s run is, they will struggle to break Mourinho’s spell.
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United’s only win at Stamford Bridge in the top flight since April 2002 came two seasons ago in October 2012. A 2-0 lead for the away side was cancelled out by then-Chelsea man Juan Mata and Ramires, before Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres both saw red and Javier Hernandez popped up with the winner with 15 minutes remaining. In the rest of that time Man United have lost seven and drawn four in a record that is as painful on the eye as Keith Chegwin’s Naked Jungle.
Jose Mourinho has also tasted more than his fair share of success against the Red Devils home and away. As Chelsea manager ‘The Special One’ has lost just one of 13 matches against United in all competitions – Darren Fletcher’s looping back post header giving United a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in November 2005. Other than that anomaly it has been utter dominance for Mourinho the magician as he casts his spell over the 20-times league champions.
In fact, Mourinho has never lost a match against United at Stamford Bridge – winning three and drawing two, keeping four clean sheets along the way. The only Man United player to have scored against Mourinho’s Chelsea at the Bridge is Javier Hernandez, and right now he’s busy sunning himself in Madrid.
So what of Saturday evening’s clash I hear you ask? Louis van Gaal’s side are in electric form, while Chelsea are stuttering fairly lethargically towards the league title. However Jose Mourinho, is the key in this epic battle. His side has dropped just six points at home all season and are unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in the league. The Blues are Evens to pick up all three points and end United’s winning streak, although there is a correct score punt which may provide a little more bang for your Saturday night buck.
- Chelsea have won 2-0 seven times this season (including six times at the Bridge) and a £10 bet on them to win 2-0 every week would have given you a profit of £90 so far.
- Diego Costa has the best conversion rate in the Chelsea team at 25.33 per cent, but he isn’t the most profitable man to back. That honour falls to Eden Hazard who, if you had put £5 on to score first every week this season, would have given you a profit of £87.50. He has scored first in three of Chelsea’s last five games.
A 2-0 win for Chelsea is priced at 17/2, while Eden Hazard is a tempting 13/2 to open the scoring for Chelsea yet again – the Belgian midfielder has two goals in his last six appearances against United, so he knows how to find the onion bag against them. However in a world where a Freddo costs a simply ridiculous 35p in some shops you need to stretch your coin, and a slightly optimistic £5 punt on Hazard to score first and Chelsea to win 2-0 at 40/1 returns a cheeky £205. Magic.