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Chelsea v Man Utd: visitors can turn up the heat on Man City

| 04.02.2012

Manchester United head to Stamford Bridge this Sunday knowing they face a team battling a host of problems.

John Terry will be missing because of a knee injury, while Ashley Cole will also be absent because of suspension.

Frank Lampard is also a doubt but Gary Cahill could be set to make his debut following his January move from Bolton Wanderers.

With United able to welcome back Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney, this could be another disappointing afternoon for the Blues…

Match odds

Chelsea head into this game as the 7/4 outsiders – not something that has happened much at Stamford Bridge over the past decade.

However, they have not tasted Premier League defeat against United at home in ten years and in their last nine home meetings with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side they have won six and drawn three.

This is a Chelsea team struggling for confidence and inspiration though and the 13/8 offered for United to win looks extremely tempting.

The Old Trafford side have won their previous three games and are within touching distance at the top of the Premier League.

Chelsea are undefeated in 2012 though and a punt on the draw – which neither side would be devastated with – looks worth consideration at 13/8.

Goal markets

Man Utd have scored just three goals in their last eight Premier League games at Stamford Bridge while Chelsea have hit just two goals in their last three league games – and one of them was an own goal at Swansea.

Backing under 2.5 goals looks a great punt at 5/6.

Meanwhile, with Rooney – who scored the only goal of the game in the Champions League the last time the sides met at Chelsea – set to return, backing him to score first at 6/1 may be worth a bet.



Richard Anderson