Some excellent betting stats about tonight’s massive game
Imagine this, but with Torres in blue…
Manchester United face Chelsea this evening and it looks like being a bloody good game.
Fernando Torres loves playing against United, Chelsea have nothing to lose, United have Wayne Rooney available after recovering from an elbow injury sustained when James McCarthy headbutted it, while Ashley Cole is about despite SHOOTING SOMEONE.
Anyway, here are some top stats from our chums at Betfair football…
How often do Chelsea come from behind against Manchester United? When was the last time five goals were scored when they met? Which player can always be relied upon to get booked? Here are ten trends that will hopefully help you make money tonight…
Chelsea have scored the opening goal against Manchester United six times in the Roman Abramovich era and on every occasion have gone on to triumph. It’s 1.9 that a Blues player breaks the deadlock.
In that same period, the Red Devils have taken the lead ten times in the fixture and in six of those instances have surrendered their advantage to either draw (five times) or lose (once). Chelsea are 12.5 to win from behind.
The arrival of Carlo Ancelotti has helped contribute to encounters between the two becoming more entertaining in recent times. Four of the last five clashes have had over 2.5 goals (2.36), compared to one of the previous eight.
There haven’t been more than four goals when the clubs have collided in 27 tangles since a 3-3 draw in 2000 though, which is why under 4.5 goals is priced at 1.1, with a rare stonker judged a 10.0 prospect.
Chelsea’s three victories over Manchester United post-Mourinho have all come by a one-goal margin, with 2-1 the scoreline on both occasions. It’s 10.5 for that to again be the outcome.
Manchester United’s three league triumphs over Chelsea since Abramovich’s takeover meanwhile have all come in games in which the west Londoners failed to score. They are 2.8 to shut the champions out and 6.2 to win to nil.
There has only been one goalless first-half in ten clashes between the last two Premier League title winners so a lay of 0-0 in the half time score market appeals at 2.8.
In-play backers should note that in half those ties the opener has come between the 41st and 45th minute, while it’s 9.8 that the deadlock is broken between the 41st and 50th.
Didier Drogba has only ever scored once in normal time in 15 outings against Manchester United and has never found the net in six meetings with them at Stamford Bridge, adding up to just under seven hours on the pitch. He’s likely to start on the bench tonight, and is 4.1 to finally deliver.
There was controversy over Wayne Rooney not being shown a card against Wigan at the weekend, but he has earned a place in the referee’s notebook in each of his last three league games against Chelsea. It’s 4.2 for that run to continue.
John Obi Mikel is the only player to have seen red within 90 minutes of a Chelsea versus Manchester United match in the 19 meetings since the pair became legitimate rivals when dismissed at Old Trafford four years ago in Avram Grant’s first game. It’s 4.1 that someone joins him this evening, and 1.31 that there is no sending off.