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Super Sunday : Chelsea v Manchester United : Unhappy return

Chelsea v Manchester United
Sunday, 16:00
Live On Sky Sports 1


Antonio Conte's team are just three points off the top of the Premier League, but this match should go some way to determining if they can keep pace at the top.

Chelsea have benefitted from a kind set of opening fixtures so far this season, but when they've stepped up in class to face the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal, they've been beaten in a convincing manner.

They remain unbeaten in their other six games, winning five, yet none of those opponents are currently in the top nine positions in the Premier League. With the next few weeks seeing Chelsea face the likes of United, Southampton, Everton, Spurs and Manchester City, we will soon know if the title or even a place in the top four is beyond them.

Conte's team selection could well be made for him. John Terry is out after the recurrence of his ankle injury, while Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic, Oscar and Willian remain doubts after missing the game with Leicester last weekend.

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho's tactics received criticism after Monday night's 0-0 draw with Liverpool. To coin his own phrase, the bus was parked by United at Anfield and Liverpool were left frustrated.

To be fair to Mourinho, Liverpool have been in thrilling form of late and he may have been wise to keep things tight rather than go toe-to-toe, at a time when his own attack is struggling to function.

His side showed more ambition in their 4-1 thrashing of Fenerbahce on Thursday night. There were plenty of positives to take from the Europa League win, as Paul Pogba scored a stunning goal in a match when he looked more assured with Michael Carrick alongside him. Further forward, Jesse Lingard gave more evidence that he could be an important player for Mourinho.

One of the few negative aspects was the muscle strain picked up by Chris Smalling during the game. He's likely to join the injured Morgan Schneiderlin and Phil Jones on the sidelines.

Ref Watch

For such a high-profile fixture it's no surprise to see the experienced Martin Atkinson in charge. In his last 15 outings, Atkinson has only shown more than four yellow cards on two occasions.

Match Odds

Chelsea are the 2.28 favourites, with the draw at 3.35 and Manchester United at 3.70. Those odds seem pretty slim on a Chelsea victory considering that they have plenty to prove.

There are questions regarding United too, but it's unlikely that Mourinho will be quite so cautious as he was at Anfield. Chelsea are much more beatable and the 2.60 on offer for the visitors in the Draw No Bet market could be the smart move.

Under 2.5 Goals

Unders is the favourite at 1.83, with overs at 2.14. That makes sense considering the lack of ambition shown by United on Monday.

Perhaps a better bet though is 1.89 on offer for Both Teams To Score. Neither side is watertight defensively and goals at both ends seems likely.

Recommended Bets

over 2.5 goals @1.85

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