CHELSEA and Man Utd look to put a much-needed smile on their fans faces as they meet here at Stamford Bridge. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) shares his views.
Chelsea v Manchester United | Sunday 16:00 | Sky Sports 1
Let’s be honest, it’s hard to feel the same love for this fixture on Sunday as we have in the past. Back in August I predicted these sides would finish in the Top 2. How wrong was I?
If that would have been the case then this fixture would have been huge. Trailed on Sky for a week in advance, lots of intriguing quotes from Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal and the game dissected in full for 30 mins on Sunday Supplement.
But instead it’s 13th v 5th with Mourinho gone but here in spirit as his huge shadow hangs over Van Gaal. What a mad story, try making sense of this in August.
Chelsea are now unbeaten in 10 matches since the Portuguese left the week before Christmas but have still rarely hit the heights and dominance of last season. Wednesday’s disappointing 0-0 draw with Watford was another further reminder of this.
Their league record includes five draws from their eight matches post-Mourinho with the victories coming against bottom-of-the-form table Crystal Palace, bottom three Sunderland and 10 man Arsenal.
Manchester United had one of their best results of the season so far on Tuesday night when they cruised past Stoke 3-0 at Old Trafford. To be honest I wasn’t surprised as I’d tipped them to win. Stoke are riding a big comedown after the Capital One Cup loss.
Surprisingly Van Gaal’s side have won five of their seven matches in 2016, but again if you scratch the surface a little bit it’s not massively impressive.
Two of those wins came against lower league sides in the FA Cup, two were somewhat fortunate wins over Liverpool and Swansea and the other against Stoke as mentioned. But still, it’s just one defeat in eight.
So, essentially what we have on Sunday is two sides who are not playing very well but not losing. Anyone fancy the draw? I do. When the sides met six weeks ago it ended a fairly dull 0-0 encounter that illustrated how far these giants had fallen.
Yes, piecing this all together it’s the draw at 23/10 that stands out. I mean, how can you back Chelsea at 6/5? Nibbles on No Goalscorer and 1-1 will also be added to my portfolio. Good luck!
Chelsea v Manchester United – Draw (12/5 Bet365)
Chelsea v Manchester United – No Goalscorer (15/2 Skybet)
Chelsea v Manchester United – 1-1 Draw (6/1 Coral)
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