Preview - Chelsea to beat United, just!
The Red Devils travel to London to face the Pensioners who have had a difficult week, with the defeat to Roma in the Champions League. The biggest question for this game is who needs the 3 points more? I don’t take Paul Merson’s point where is depends on the City result. This game stands on its own merit, United will want to keep the gap or close it. If it goes to 8 points and Chelsea then sit 1 point behind them, it’s going to be very difficult to shake the contenders off.
For Chelsea, sitting 9 points behind City, cannot afford that to go 12. If Chelsea lose, Conte will be sacked by the return of the Premier League after the international break. Conte is looking his first back-to-back wins at home this season. They will manage to get over the line into the knockout rounds of the Champions League due to Atletico’s poor performance’s versus Qarabag!
For Jose Mourinho, he has got United’s best ever tally after 10 games since United last won the title in 2012-13. Mourinho has brought back the Fergie effect in terms of late goals for United, 10 of their 23 league goals have been scored in the last 10 mins (43%). Chelsea will find it hard to beat David De Gea as he kept 22 clean sheets since this season, the best out of the top 5 European Leagues.
Bookies have Chelsea to win 29/20 while United are at 2/1, the draw which is the most likely is at 9/4. As much as I think United will be difficult to beat but I see Chelsea winning this 1-0, you can get this at 6/1.