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Complacency could prove lethal against Chelsea

United play host to Chelsea and look good value at a top priced 2.25 with Coral to beat their arch rivals.

Since Roman Abramovich has taken over the Stamford Bridge, the Manchester United v Chelsea rivalry has gone to a whole another level – in terms of both performance and transfer targets.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last four Premier League meetings with the Blues (W3,D1) – their best run against them since December 1998 (five).

They also come into the game the fresher side with a pressure off having secured their 20th league title and face a team who have a hard Europa League game against Basel in midweek.

Bearing all that in mind they look big at 2.25 to win this, and it’s not often that you get the chance to back them at home at odds-against.

One thing that this game does look to have written all over it is goals.

The last six clashes between the pair in all competitions have seen 29 scored – an average of 4.8 goals per game.

That makes over 2.5 look a gimme at 1.73 with bet365 and Betfred, and over 3.5 also looks well worth considering at a tempting 3 with Coral.

In the first goalcsorer markets Hernandez and Van Persie look the obvious pair to concentrate on according to the stats.

The former has scored in six of his last eight meetings with Chelsea in all competitions and is a 6.5 chance with Coral and Ladbrokes to bag the opener.

The latter, who after a run of 10 competitive games without a goal for his club has netted six in his last four, is the Premier League’s top scorer and can be backed at a best of 5.5 with bet365 to grab the opener.

In the correct score market I am going to take United to triumph 3-1 at odds of 19 with Betfred.

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