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Mourinho won’t hurt Chelsea

| 16.04.2017

Blues already boast two wins over Man Utd

Chelsea travel to Old Trafford on Sunday for a match that will decide their feeling for the remainder of the season. Win and they can breathe easy, kick-back and enjoy the title that’s coming their way. Lose and they’ll encourage a determined Spurs to keep pushing.

This one will be electric, and in true Premier League fashion there’s plenty of underlying issues. Not least Jose Mourinho. The former Chelsea great got it in the neck by some fans on his return to Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup last month. The Special One gestured to the crowd, a group who once sang his name with love, and is not a man with a short-memory. He will want to make Chelsea followers pay for what he sees as a lack of respect.

Manchester Utd Xl v Everton Xl - Wayne Rooney Testimonial Match - Old Trafford Stadium

United quick on the draw

United were beaten 1-0 that night, knocked out of the competition at the sixth round, but the locals are on a stunning unbeaten league run, which has propelled them to fifth in the league, within touching distance of the top-four Champions League slots. That’s one of two roads into Europe’s elite next season, a Europa League win being the other.

Draws have cost The Red Devils dear though, and had they been a bit more ruthless and shown a bit more ambition on the pitch, they could very well be challenging Chelsea for the top-step at this time. The home side show a record of four wins and six draws from their last 10 league goes, and that snapshot pretty much sums up their season. 1-1 was the result of a midweek Europa League tie with Anderlecht, with the gaffer blaming his sloppy forwards for the draw. Another share can be backed at Coral’s 21/10, while our traders value home comforts as an 8/5 favourite.

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Blues aiming for the treble

Chelsea were wobbled by a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace earlier this month, but they aim to go to Old Trafford and pull off a Manchester double, having slapped down Man City in London on their penultimate start, in one of the most convincing 2-1 results you’ll see.

The Blues will also be targeting a season treble over United, having already scalped them 4-0 on league duty back in October and 1-0 in that FA Cup win in March. The fact Conte’s side have won both without conceding a goal will give great satisfaction to everyone connected to the club. It won’t be a stat wasted on punters either, who are welcome to our 17/5 on Chelsea to win to nil again. Remember what Jose said about United’s sloppy forwards? Was that a criticism or a challenge?

This is a big ask for the Londoners, but they are more than capable of getting win number 25 of their season, and striding towards the flag at a value 9/5. They will take confidence form the recent head-to-head, but will also go with their tails up following the news that former player, and United ace, Juan Mata is injured, out for the rest of the season. The Spaniard underwent groin surgery recently, and is expected to endure an extended summer break as a result.

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Frank Monkhouse