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Chelsea v Manchester United: This 5/1 shot could finish off Louis van Gaal as they take a trip to the Bridge over troubled water

Manchester United's recent record at Chelsea is bleak, and manager Louis van Gaal is desperately trying to stay afloat...

by Josh Powell | February 4, 2016

Louis van Gaal’s over-sized Dutch testicles may refrain him from admitting he’s a man in the firing line, but there is no doubt that a defeat against Chelsea will only heap more pressure on the Manchester United gaffer. The P45 is ready to be signed if newspaper reports are to be believed, and despite winning five of their seven games in 2016, LVG is a man very much teetering on the edge.

What he doesn’t need therefore is a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea. A venue where United’s record is as miserable as Mark Lawrenson’s face. One win in the last 12 visits makes us worry for van Gaal’s job as he heads to the capital…

[Bridge over troubled water. Get it? Because Van Gaal is in trouble? And Chelsea play at the Bridge? Classic. I’m here all week. Help yourself to the buffet]


The last 12 league trips to Stamford Bridge won’t make for happy reading if you’re a Manchester United fan. Javier Hernandez’s 75th minute winner in a 3-2 win in October 2012, helped the Red Devils pick up their only Premier League win at the Bridge since April 2002. The last 12 meetings have been a cocktail of pain and disappointment – with Chelsea’s 3-0 victory in 2006 the fancy umbrella in this drink of doom. Not even Kieran Richardson’s introduction with 17 minutes to go could turn the blue tide that day…

And it’s looking bleak again for Louis van Gaal’s side. The manager’s win rate has dipped below that of David Moyes’ infamous reign and Chelsea, despite languishing in the bottom half of the table, have now gone nine games unbeaten in the league. Manchester United fans will be wary of another false dawn after impressively brushing aside Stoke on Tuesday night.

Nobody will need reminding that LVG’s Red Army followed up their 1-0 win at Anfield with a home defeat against Southampton in which they managed just one shot on target…

Louis van Gaal

Chelsea go into the game as the favourites, but there may be more value to be had looking at some of the Pensioner’s most recent results. Guus Hiddink’s men have managed to keep four clean sheets in their last six league games, conceding no goals against Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Watford. The improvement in Chelsea’s defensive form no means they have the same number of clean sheets as Tottenham and Leicester, and more than Everton and Liverpool.

That leads us to think that under 2.5 goals looks a good thing at , while backing ‘No’ in the both teams to score market also looks a fair bet at . While neither of these would be overly appealing if you’re looking for a bit more bang for your buck, Chelsea to win to nil at or Chelsea to win 1-0 at might be the way to punt in what looks like a closely fought contest.

Whichever way you do decide to go, one thing is for certain. Defeat at the Bridge could potentially leave Manchester United 13 points off the top, and just 16 off the bottom. Van Gaal’s trying to keep his head above water, but that statistic might just finish him off…

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