After season’s hiatus, Chelsea v Manchester United has reclaimed its status as a fixture with the genuine potential to decide the Premier League title race.
The table-topping Blues are even money for victory against Louis van Gaal’s resurgent reds, with United 29/10 for three-points and the draw a 5/2 shot.
For those unconcerned with the FA Cup’s fabled sorcery the fixture will be nothing short of a must watch, but betting with confidence on the outcome is tricky.
For that reason, news.bwin.com have taken it upon themselves to remind readers of several puntable occurrences that always seem to happen when Chelsea play the Red Devils.
A red card is brandished
Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Vidic, Rafael, Fernando Torres and that man Ivanovic again, have all been issued their marching orders inside the last eight renewals.
It’s a fixture that seems to have got more wild in recent times to with all bar one of the four clashes allowing red-card backers to trouser the readies.
A red card in the game can be backed at 8/5.
Half-time arrives with the deadlock unbroken
Chelsea’s meetings with United have become more feisty in fouling terms as the goals have dried up, with just one of the last five editions ending north of the 2.5 mark.
Prior to that five straight face offs in 2011/12 and early 2012/13 had seen four or more strikes.
An upshot of the tussle’s cagey facelift is its tendency to remain on a knife edge for the interval team talks, with four of the last five 0-0 at the break.
That their latest clash follows suit is a 7/4 bet.
Juan Mata scores
The Spaniard has seldom been spotted over recent renewals, playing no part in the final two meetings of his Stamford Bridge tenure.
However, Mata has found the net in two of his last three Chelsea v Man United outings, so the Reds will be glad he now plies his trade for them.
The history of players sold out of west London scoring against their former employers is a rich one, as detailed by James Middleton, so the 7/2 on him opening his account for the red side of the rivalry must be given a second glance.
Home wins to nil are thwarted
Considering how adept both sides have been at winning big games over the last few seasons, shutout successes for hosts are conspicuous by their absence from the ledger.
Just once in the last 14 meetings between them has the home side won to nil.
It’s 3/10 that United avoid a bagelling at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s men.