Up until recently, Manchester United versus Chelsea was a fixture guaranteed to lather the goals on thick.
About four games back, the Red Devils stopped upholding their end of the pact to rustle the net with freakish regularity during any given 90 minute-duel with the Blues.
They’ve bagged just once in their last four meetings with Jose Mourinho’s men, but under Louis van Gaal their goalscoring mojo has been rediscovered and chaotic order will be restored when the pair lock horns at Old Trafford, which bodes well for these prospective punts:
Over 3.5 goals @ 2/1
With Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria in the ranks, it would be harder for Man Utd not to frequently bulge the opposition net.
Their superstar-studded frontline has struck at least twice in each of their last five.
The same can be said of five of Chelsea’s last six.
Both are flying in the final third, so a seventh instalment of at least four goals in ten meetings looks cast iron.
Man Utd to score first @ 21/20
The Theatre of Dreams dwellers have jimmied the deadlock off in five of eight Premier League games so far.
Chelsea have done it six times, you say? Big deal.
In a whopping nine of the past 11 tussles between these two when the 13-time Premier League champions have found the net they were first on the scoresheet.
Given the fact that Burnley, Crystal Palace and Swansea have all breached the west Londoners’ backline (two of which were the first to rustle the net), it’s nigh-on inconceivable that the hosts will draw a blank here, so back them to open the scoring.
Man Utd to score more goals in the first @ 5/2
An overwhelming eight of the Red Devils’ last nine goals plundered in front of the Old Trafford faithful against this particular adversary came before the break.
Of the 24 they’ve fired since the start of the 2010/11 vintage, a total of 15 were registered before the orange intake.
A frail majority of their Premier League goals this term have been in the first half too, with eight of their 15 falling before the 45-minute mark.