CHELSEA 3-0 Leicester – Diego Costa (first), Eden Hazard, Victor Moses
Liverpool 0-0 MAN UTD
Kick-off: 16:00, 23/10/16
TV: Sky Sports 1
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Head-to-head (last five meetings – most recent first): Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd, Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 3-1 Man Utd
Under 1.5 goals @ 11/5
0-0 half-time correct score @ 8/5
Diego Costa to score last @ 4/1
*Seven of the last eight head-to-heads went under 2.5 goals, with five going under 1.5
*Six of those eight encounters were also notable for having goalless first halves
*Diego Costa has scored the last goal in five of Chelsea’s eight Premier League games
A look at Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea are available to back at the enticing price of 19/20 to finish in the top four despite doing so in 12 of the past 14 campaigns and never failing twice in succession in the Roman Abramovich era.
They have won their last two matches by an aggregate scoreline of 5-0 and are unbeaten in ten clashes with Man Utd so will be optimistic of avoiding defeat against their greatest ever boss Jose Mourinho.
Much will depend on whether Diego Costa maintains the form that has yielded seven goals in eight Premier League appearances this season. The only reason to doubt the division’s top scorer is that his sole blank in five top-flight fixtures was saved for the trickiest of that quintet away to Arsenal.
A look at Man Utd’s Betting Odds
The Monday Night Football pundits declared Man Utd’s 0-0 draw away to Liverpool as a positive result because it kept them in title contention, and the odds nod in agreement as they possess the same 12/1 valuation to win the league as the Chelsea side two points better off.
The head-to-head trends are against Mourinho’s men, who have earned a single point from their three trips to Stamford Bridge since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, yet they have gone six outings without a loss since their September hat-trick of reverses against Man City, Feyenoord and Watford.
Three of their last four contests, including two in a row in the Premier League, were goalless at the break, and – as demonstrated in the stats above – that is a common occurrence when they face Chelsea too.