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Manchester United v Chelsea Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

12:07 am AEDT 26/2/18
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Jose Mourinho's side have specialised in defensively led performances at Old Trafford this season and our tipster likes the look of a 5/2 (3.50) shot

Manchester United entertain Chelsea at Old Trafford this weekend in what is set to be a defining moment for the top four race in the Premier League.

Antonio Conte’s men were largely organised and disciplined against Barcelona during the midweek Champions League fixtures, while Jose Mourinho’s team did not concede against Sevilla but were uninspiring in front of goal.

Manchester United are just 1/10 (1.10) to finish in the top four this season, but they are going to need a big result in this game to cement their claims.

Latest Odds

The Red Devils come into this home affair as dabblebet’s 13/10 (2.30) favourites, while Chelsea are backed at 23/10 (3.30) to stage an upset at Old Trafford.

A draw is offered at the same odds as a Chelsea win (23/10), and it would be no surprise to see these two teams cancelling one another out.

Team News

Ander Herrera picked up a hamstring injury in Seville and looks set for a lengthy period out on the sidelines, while Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are slowly returning to match fitness and could be featured in the squad.

Paul Pogba was only a substitute against Vincenzo Montella’s team, but he is set to start this game against the Blues with recurring injuries to Herrera and Marouane Fellaini taking place.

Tiemoue Bakayoko, David Luiz and Ross Barkley are all doubts for the weekend, with Gary Cahill hoping to slot back into Chelsea’s three-man defence after missing out in the Champions League.

Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud were both on the bench against Barcelona, but you would expect to see the Spaniard lead Chelsea’s line.

Shortage of goals for Manchester United

It is common knowledge by now that Mourinho’s preference is to keep defensive shape and remain resolute throughout the team, especially against bigger sides.

In six of the Red Devils’ last seven domestic games, there has been under 2.5 goals scored, suggesting that this tie between two old foes is not going to be overwhelmingly dramatic. This game is chalked up at 7/10 (1.70) to follow that trend.

Preview and predictions

Mourinho’s modus operandi against the top six has been to nullify the opposition’s attack and claim a narrow victory, and the Portuguese boss will hope to emulate the same performance his team showed when beating Tottenham earlier this season.

The Red Devils have only conceded five home Premier League goals this season, which is the best record in the division by a significant margin - the next best tally being nine achieved by Tottenham and Liverpool.

Manchester United are priced at 5/2 (3.50) with dabblebet to win to nil – a bet that has won in nine Premier League matches at Old Trafford this season.

However, a cagey and unimaginative 0-0 draw should not be ruled out, especially with odds at 6/1 (7.00).

Manchester United to win to nil at 5/2 (3.50) for a 2pt stake with dabblebet