Manchester United’s trip to Chelsea will be the first occasion two-time Blues Player of the Year Juan Mata returns to Stamford Bridge since being sold to the Red Devils for £37m last January.
The diminutive Spanish sorcerer has been in excellent form for Louis van Gaal’s side in recent weeks, scoring three times in the four successive wins that followed a 2-1 FA Cup reverse against Arsenal.
As a result of this rich vein, the value in the visitors’ 29/10 for success against a far from fluent Chelsea team has massively appreciated, but it’s the 21/2 about an away-day win with Mata on the scoresheet that’s magnetising the punters.
It’s a price that translates to £315 profit if would-be wager makers stake their £30 free bet sign up bonus on the outcome and the ridiculous rate at which those sold by the Bridge-dwelling west Londoners gain retribution against their former employers says the bet can’t be ignored.
Four ex-Blues have notched against Jose Mourinho’s men just this season.
David Luiz almost tore the net from the posts with a thunderous header for Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 second-leg, which forced extra-time in Les Parisiens’ away-goals triumph.
It was the Brazilian’s first trip back to his former capital city haunt after being sold the summer prior.
Samuel Eto’o is another export of the same pre-season to notch against Chelsea, though his strike for Everton in a 6-3 September reverse wasn’t as decisive.
The Cameroonian’s geriatric ex-colleague Frank Lampard broke Blues hearts with the equaliser for Manchester City in their 1-1 draw at the Etihad too.
A man revered by all Shed End regulars, the New York City-bound veteran’s strike confirmed that even the most adored former favourites of those to traverse the Kings Road are not averse to damaging Chelsea’s aspirations for success.
Lampard’s strike, however, isn’t the most striking case of an old boy bagging against the Premier League pacesetters this term.
The majority of Chelsea supporters will have forgotten Portuguese midfielder Filipe Morais was once on their books (after all, he didn’t make a single appearance and was released just two years into the Roman Abramovich reign).
A stark reminder was served when he bagged one of his 38 career goals in the Bantams’ 4-2 FA Cup win at the Bridge in January.
Liverpool duo Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge are examples outside of this season to hush their doubters within the Chelsea hierarchy.
The latter did so in a 2-2 draw at Anfield, which was the first match in which he came up against his one-time teammates following his departure, while his fellow England international scored an 87th-minute winner at the Bridge in 2011/12.
As if this heap of evidence wasn’t conclusive enough, the final instalment from a third Liverpool player will seal the deal.
Seldom seen Reds forward Fabio Borini scored in two separate games against the Blues for Sunderland when out on loan last season, both of which unimaginably contributed to Black Cats wins.