Owing to Chelsea’s electrifying start to a Premier League campaign that’s seen them win all bar one of their matches, Manchester United will start their home game with the Blues as underdogs for victory.
Once upon a time, to verbalise one’s intent to back the Red Devils to prevail at Old Trafford as 19/10 second favourites would have resulted in sectioning, but today that very fantasy is has become reality.
There’s nothing wrong with Chelsea’s 29/20 for success either, but there’s more than enough cause to lump on the hosts at such sizeable odds so make sure you don’t miss the boat.
Just in case you require convincing, here are a couple arm twisters:
Man Utd’s new-fangled frontline is in fearsome form.
In each of their last five outings the Red Devils have plundered at least two goals.
Chelsea haven’t kept a domestic clean sheet on the road this term and against such heavy artillery it’s difficult to see them recording their first at the Theatre of Dreams.
With questions being asked over the fitness of their two first-choice forwards, it’s unlikely they’ll have the firepower to bail themselves out here.
Radamel Falcao savours fixtures against the division’s finest.
Man Utd’s Colombian sharpshooter takes down fat cats just as proficiently as sticklebacks.
In 2011/12, when he was on the books of Atletico Madrid, he bagged in his only appearance against Real Madrid, before notching two in two versus Barcelona a year later.
His short-lived Monaco stint last term saw him strike on his solo start against Paris St-Germain too.
Increased physicality will prevent the visitors enjoying their usual level of dominance.
Following their West Brom draw, Louis van Gaal pointed out that his team wasn’t up to scratch in terms of size and strength.
With Chelsea and their band of brutes up next, he’s almost certain to inject some hustle and bustle into his team, with Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick in line to replace lightweight twosome Juan Mata and Daley Blind.
As Manchester City demonstrated, when the Blues go up against teams of similar stature, from a physical perspective, they struggle to exert themselves on games.
Matching the west Londoners for toughness will be key because, in terms of quality, there’s not a great deal of difference, if any, between the pair.