Manchester United are flying and they can become the only team to win at Stamford Bridge this season
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Chelsea won’t be caught in the so-called Premier League title race although Jose Mourinho’s team have been stumbling along in recent weeks and could be there for the taking when Manchester United come to town.
Here are five reasons why we think a Red Devils win at 16/5 with bet365 could be a price worth taking:
Manchester United are in seriously good form
Six straight wins in the Premier League including a 4-2 derby victory over Manchester City and a routine triumph at Anfield despite being the outsiders for that particular match.
Momentum is a powerful thing and the team’s winning habit will serve them well for this testing fixture against a Chelsea side whose better performances came earlier in the campaign.
Louis van Gaal has found the right blend
There’s no denying that United have spent much of the season getting points on the board without producing particularly good performances. However, Van Gaal’s men are now playing some fantastic football and City were no match for them last weekend.
Marouane Fellaini has shone frequently this season, while Ashley Young was a deserved Man of the Match after the derby. Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are the attacking prongs in a midfield, which also contains the dependable Michael Carrick.
Chelsea not the same team without Costa
Diego Costa surely won’t be fit to play in this match, while injury prevented Loic Remy from featuring in that last-gasp win at QPR, although the Frenchman should line up in this clash.
Even so, Costa would have been a bigger problem for Phil Jones and Chris Smalling who have risen to the challenge in recent weeks and made a mockery of those earlier calls for a high quality centre-half at Old Trafford.
United have done well against other top teams
Victories home and away against Liverpool, three points at the Emirates and a draw against Chelsea earlier in the campaign. They were only beaten narrowly at the Etihad despite Smalling’s stupid red card and the recent derby victory saw United go the whole game without a booking.
To come from behind to beat City showed a steel to the team which will serve them well at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have got everything to lose
We saw what happened when Mourinho’s men played Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Having claimed a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes, Chelsea then employed a defensive gameplan in the second leg which ultimately saw them come a cropper against ten men.
Mourinho will be itching to get the title sewn up although a draw would work out great for them and a negative approach could play into the hands of a team going for the win.
United have an eight point cushion between themselves and Liverpool in fifth place, so they can afford to throw caution to the wind and give themselves a massive chance of recording victory.