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Man Utd strikers all have fine records against Chelsea to maintain

| 26.10.2012

Petr Cech believes there will be goals when Chelsea host Manchester United, but one of the hardest tasks will be identifying who will score them.

Three of United’s strike force have impressive scoring ratios against the league leaders and it is hard to oppose goals for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men as they have netted at least two in their last seven Premier League games.

Robin Van Persie is arguably the safest option and helped himself to a hat-trick on the last occasion he visited Stamford Bridge.

In fact, no player has scored more than his five career Premier League goals at the Bridge and 11/8 is decent value that he is on target at any time in the 90 minutes.

Alternatively, he can be backed at 5/1 to break the deadlock and 25/1 to register back-to-back hat-tricks.

Wayne Rooney got back on the goal bandwagon at Stoke with two goals, a hat-trick if his own goal is included, on the ten-year anniversary since first announcing himself on the Premier League stage.

He has five goals in his last six meetings with Chelsea in all competitions and is available at 7/4 to strike at any time here.

The obvious suggestion is that Sir Alex will play five across the midfield, meaning that starting places for his strikers will be limited.

However, Javier Hernandez played himself into the reckoning with a double in the Champions League over Braga.

He is still likely to start from the bench, but with three goals in his last four games with Chelsea, 7/1 may prove a price worth considering that he scores the last goal of the game.

Manchester United are 15/8 to claim the victory that will cut the deficit at the top to a single point, which would be a first at Chelsea in the top-flight in a decade.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.