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Chelsea v Manchester United: Odds and Preview

Chelsea v Manchester United: Odds and Preview It's that time in the English Premier League again - the first clash between the titans of the EPL, Chelsea vs. Manchester United, compare the betting odds on the Sunday's football game below. This will be the first match in the 12/13 Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Man Utd. , but it certainly is one of the most important games. Usually this early into the season the derby between the Blues and the Red Devils is all about pride and bragging rights, but the way both football clubs have been playing so far in the EPL, it wouldn't be far stretched to say that this weekend's game is as important as they come. 

 At this point in the League, Chelsea are sitting atop the table with 22 points and have shown some really good football, unlike the past few seasons. Torres is finally scoring goals and while many fans are missing Drogba, his absence from the Blues has clearly been overcome. On the other side we have Manchester United, who will travel to London missing a few players, but Rooney and Van Persie have been working wonderfully together, keeping United on the second spot of the Premier League table with 18 points, edging City on goal difference. We will look into the squad options a bit later, let's get to the meat of this, the Chelsea v. Manchester United odds. Doing things a bit differently, we will post an odds comparison among the top UK and European bookmakers and let people pick their best bets. Here are the Chelsea - Man United betting odds:

Chelsea vs Manchester United 1 x 2
Odds at bookmaker:      
Bet 365 2.40 3.40 2.90
Unibet 2.40 3.40 2.90
Betsson 2.40 3.25 2.90
Paddy Power 2.37 3.30 3.00

As you can see, the general consensus among the UK online bookmakers is that Chelsea has this match in the bag.  Paddy is giving slightly better odds for those anticipating a United win this weekend, while the rest of the bookies are in agreement with the favourite odds on Chelsea.

 Needless to say, the game is clearly a must win for both teams. Chelsea will have to opportunity to extend their lead with a home win and have that ace in the sleeve for the next meeting between the two football clubs in Manchester, while a victory for United would shorten the difference between the two to just one point. And let's not forget Manchester City, who are neck-to-neck with United and are also eyeing to dethrone Chelsea from that top spot. City will be playing at home against Swansea and the three points are almost guaranteed there.

 But despite the odds comparison on the Chelsea v Manchester United game you can see in the table above, Chelsea will have a really hard time with some major players missing from the squad this Sunday. Blues' captain John Terry is still out after being handed a four-match ban and to make matters worse for Chelsea - midfielder pillar Frank Lampard suffered a calf injury in the game against Shakhtar Donetsk and is out of the squad for the game against United this weekend. But Manchester United will travel to meet Chelsea with plenty of problems on their own. New midfielder Kagawa is out for two weeks following an injury in the Champions League game this week, leaving the already struggling United midfield up for grabs between Carrick, Scholes and maybe Anderson would have some game time on Sunday. The United defense has been really shoddy this season, no surprise considering the number of injuries suffered, including the long absence of captain Vidic, Smalling (who could play against Chelsea) and Phil Jones. Clearly United will focus on Rooney-van Persie to bear most of the load this week.

 Published on 10/26/2012

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