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Man Utd vs Chelsea – Solid defence can see Manchester United through

| 12.04.2011

Rafael may be a doubt for Manchester United’s clash with Chelsea on Tuesday but punters should be more concerned with Carlo Ancelotti having a fully fit squad to choose from.

Carlo Ancelotti needs to decide between Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka for starting spots at Old Trafford on Tuesday and since Torres’ arrival at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have scored just twice in their three Champions League games, both away to Copenhagen.

Match Odds

The Champions League odds suggest it will be a tight game and after the affair at Stamford Bridge, it’s hard to argue.

Chelsea have to win to stand a chance of qualifying and are 23/10 to do so, but considering their odds to qualify are 5/2 compared to Manchester United’s 2/7, the odds suggest a win for Manchester United or a draw.

Manchester United are 6/5 to win and are unbeaten against English sides in the Champions League.

Carlo Ancelotti was the man in charge when Manchester United last lost a Champions League knockout tie at Old Trafford in 2005, and if Chelsea are to repeat AC Milan’s 1-0 result that day, we’re in for extra-time.

Total Goals

Manchester United may not have been the most prolific in front of goal in this Champions League, but they have conceded just two goals in this year’s competition and have kept seven clean sheets in that time.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are 13/8 to keep a clean sheet and that would be good enough to see them through, and against a Chelsea side who have failed to score in three of their last four Champions League games, it seems a strong bet.

Last week the bet of the game was under 2.5 goals and this week the 8/13 for under 2.5 goals looks the pick once again with a 1-0 Manchester United win favoured at 11/2, while Chelsea are 7/1 to win 1-0.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.