Clubs looking to confirm their top four status meet at Stamford Bridge in what should be the EPL game of the weekend. Current form is exceptional in both camps so we should see a thriller as Chelsea and Manchester United take to the turf (11.30am ET Sunday).
While it should be an entertaining encounter for neutral fans, there is likely to be some betting value too, starting with the moneyline market where all three possible outcomes are above the +100 mark. So read on for our CFC vs MUFC predictions, full match preview and picks.
Chelsea vs Man Utd Moneyline Odds
Chelsea are favorites to claim all three points with most of the superlative USA sports betting sites quoting odds of +120 on Thomas Tuchel’s men. The draw is the next pick at a general +220 while a win for Manchester United completes matters at an industry best price of +251.
That form guide indicates that it’s going to be a tough call. Chelsea’s impressive away win over La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in the Champions League completed a run of four victories and a draw from their last five matches.
Man Utd are going strong too and, following Thursday night’s goalless draw with Real Sociedad, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are also coming into this game on an unbeaten run. Three wins and two draws in their last five games is an impressive return although it was something of a surprise that Thursday’s Europa League tie remained goalless.
Statistics suggest that the two teams could cancel each other out and the draw is a tempting pick from those moneyline markets.
CFC vs MUFC Prop Bets
Manchester United’s leading scorer this season is a midfielder. Bruno Fernandes has helped to transform the club’s fortunes and his impressive goal tally is helped by the fact that he takes United’s penalties and other set pieces. Fernandes is quoted at +550 by most sportsbooks to open the scoring while Marcus Rashford carries exceptional best odds of +900. England international Rashford has nine league goals so far this season and he opened the scoring in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United.
The United pair offer tempting options in the individual goal scorer markets but a number of Chelsea players are ahead of them. Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner are all quoted at +500 in places.
Moving on from individual player bets and we now come to team props. Both Teams To Score is on offer at a general -150 and, while those are short odds, it could be a sound bet considering the strike power that we’ve just focused on.
Elsewhere, Total Goals betting shows best industry odds of -105 to go Over the 2.5 line. That’s not the worst price we’ve seen for a game with two talented sides on show and it could be worth pushing that higher. Over 3.5 goals is quoted at a general +220 and that’s a generous figure in our opinion.
That just leaves us with a Correct Score suggestion and our preference here is for a high scoring draw. A final scoreline of Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2 should be of interest to some bettors and it’s listed at an industry best of +1500.
Our Preview’s Chelsea vs MUFC Predictions & Betting Picks Verdict
Scheduling could potentially have a say in the outcome of this match: Chelsea last played on Tuesday night as they edged past Atletico Madrid while Manchester United were in action on Thursday, at home to Real Sociedad. Another concern for United backers is the lacklustre display that the Red Devils put in last time out. It has been a difficult season for all clubs with fixtures crammed into a tighter schedule and this could have an effect as the campaign wears on.
In terms of form, the two sides are evenly matched although Chelsea have the slight edge. The most impressive recent performance saw the Blues edge out La Liga leaders Atleti on Tuesday and, since new coach Tuchel took over, Chelsea have been much tighter at the back.
We suspect that the Blues’ strong defense is going to receive its toughest test under Tuchel and our preference is for a high scoring draw. Over 3.5 goals looks a good value option irrespective of the final outcome so we’ll take that as well as claiming the draw in the moneyline market.
Manchester United players offer the better odds in individual goal scorer markets. They are the away side and Chelsea aren’t conceding many but Marcus Rashford is in good touch. USA Betting will therefore finish with Rashford to find the net at any time in 90 minutes and look forward to an entertaining game which will hopefully deliver a nice overall profit.
So these are our predictions and trio of betting picks for this Sunday Premier League game:
- The draw on the moneyline @ best odds of +230 with Bookmaker.
- Marcus Rashford to score at any time in 90 minutes @ +240 with BetOnline.
- Over 3.5 goals @ +240 with Bovada.
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