Manchester United - Chelsea Betting Preview: Expect Mourinho to keep things tight at Old Trafford

The Portuguese boss enjoyed many hard-fought games against the Red Devils during his first spell in England, and Al Hain-Cole does not expect him to take any chances on Monday
Manchester United and Chelsea will have an early opportunity to test each other’s title credentials when they come head-to-head at Old Trafford on Monday, in an eagerly-anticipated heavyweight clash.

David Moyes got off to an impressive start with a 4-1 win over Swansea in his first Premier League game in charge and is available at 7/5 (2.40) with bet365 to lay down the gauntlet with a victory against the title favourites.

With two wins under their belts already, the Blues can go six points clear of the champions if they come out on top, and are available at 11/5 (3.20) to emerge victorious.

The pair have not drawn a league fixture at this ground in six years, but you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them sharing the spoils this time out.

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This fixture has provided plenty of high-scoring matches in recent seasons, but that trend should come to an end now that Jose Mourinho back at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese manager rarely takes any chances in big games and will be desperate to avoid defeat so early in the season against one of his main title rivals.

Instead, the ‘Special One’ is likely to set his stall out conservatively and aim to hit the hosts on the break, just as predecessor Rafa Benitez did so successfully at Old Trafford back in May.

That was the Spaniard’s second successive 1-0 win over the Red Devils during his interim spell at the London club and Mourinho would be more than happy to pick up where the Napoli boss left off.

Seven of the 10 encounters between these opponents during Mourinho’s first spell at Chelsea featured under 2.5 goals, and odds of 41/40 (2.03) are not to be missed on that panning out on his return.

In fact, with the game sure to be tightly-poised, odds of 29/10 (3.90) are also well worth considering on no more than one goal going in, with defences very much on top.

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Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 41/40 (2.03) with bet365
Under 1.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 29/10 (3.90) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.