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Chelsea vs Manchester United: Mourinho to get burned at Bridge again

Chelsea vs Manchester United Match Preview and Predictions

Jose Mourinho remains in a job after Manchester United came back from two goals down to beat Newcastle 3-2 before the international break.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

One newspaper claimed the Portuguese would be sacked whatever the result but as it happened he remains in place and preparing for the clash between Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Red Devils ended a four-match winless run with that victory against the Magpies but remain seven points behind second-placed Chelsea, who are still unbeaten after eight games.

Match information

When is it? Saturday 20th October

What time is kick-off? 12:30

Where is it being played? Stamford Bridge

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Who is the referee? Mike Dean

Chelsea vs Manchester United Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for Saturday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Chelsea have made a very encouraging start under Maurizio Sarri and only remain off top spot on goal difference from Manchester City.

The Blues crushed Southampton 3-0 last time out when Eden Hazard scored his seventh goal of the season and Alvaro Morata came on as a sub to score in back-to-back games.

Chelsea have won this fixture in four of the last five years and are 7/10 to get one over United again.

In all matches over the last five years, the Londoners have prevailed in eight of the last nine if we also throw last season's FA Cup final into the equation.

With the last five matches home and away producing three goals or fewer, the first of our Chelsea vs Manchester United betting tips is for the home side to win and under 3.5 goals at 27/20.

Feature match previews for this weekend

If you're interested in tips on our feature matches for the weekend, check out our in-depth Premier League previews below:

First goalscorer tips

Hazard is the Premier League's top scorer, has broken the deadlock in three matches this season and scored the only goal in last season's FA Cup final.

Having scored seven goals from his last six matches, the Belgian schemer looks a solid choice in the Chelsea vs Manchester United first goalscorer odds at 4/1.

Anytime goalscorer tips

N'Golo Kante has a decent record of hitting the target at home to United so we're recommending the France midfielder as one of our anytime goalscorer tips at Premier League odds of 11/2.

The former Leicester star scored in the Premier League and FA Cup ties against the Red Devils during the 2016-7 campaign and also broke the deadlock in the Blues' 3-0 win at Huddersfield on the opening day of the season.

Where the game will be won or lost

Mourinho heads back to his old club hoping to rectify a terrible record at Stamford Bridge where he has overseen three successive defeats.

United failed to score in all of those matches, as well as the FA Cup final, and one of the criticisms of Mourinho as manager is that he puts too much emphasis on defence and does not allow players the freedom to attack.

They may have scored three times against Newcastle but only because they were chasing the game when they went 2-0 down in the first 10 minutes.

We think Mourinho will revert to type on Saturday and so the next of our Chelsea vs Manchester United predictions is for the Blues to win to nil at 9/5.

Chelsea have kept clean sheets in four of their last six matches in all competitions and their mean defence has kept United at bay for 300 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

Finally, BetStars are offering a tempting Odds Boost of 2/1 on Chelsea winning either 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 but we're going all in on 1-0 at 13/2 as the last of our Premier League predictions.

That has been the case in the last two matches at Stamford Bridge, three if we include the FA Cup final.

Team news

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is expected to shake off a groin problem and midfielder Ross Barkley is likely to be fit after picking up a knock playing for England, but Ethan Ampadu is out with a knee injury sustained playing for Wales.

Manchester United are set to welcome midfielder Ander Herrera back to the squad but have several other doubts. Diogo Dalot, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw all picked up problems on international duty, while Mourinho revealed on Friday that some players had not yet made it back to the club.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Chelsea have improved at both ends of the pitch under Maurizio Sarri and look genuine title contenders. Manchester United have already failed to score against Tottenham and Valencia this season and have failed to find the net on their last three visits to Stamford Bridge.

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Warren Barner
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