Free Betting Tips: Chelsea v Manchester United – five best bets

Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola believes forward Eden Hazard is yet to reach the peak of his powers.

Chelsea have a fine home record against Manchester United and look good for another three points in Saturday’s big match. Our five best bets for the game range from 3/4 to 50/1…

 

Chelsea to win at 3/4
Not only are Chelsea clearly the superior side right now, still unbeaten having beaten Arsenal and gone toe-to-toe with Liverpool this season while United shamble around aimlessly and acrimoniously in the dying days of Jose Mourinho’s grumpy and doomed premiership, this is also a fixture they have dominated for years.

Chelsea have lost just one of their last 16 against United at Stamford Bridge, winning 10 of those including all three of their former manager’s returns to West London.

United haven’t won here since the Fergie days, and have lost the last three by a combined aggregate of 6-0.

Mourinho’s men have also lost three of their last six away games in the Premier League despite those games being against Brighton (twice), West Ham (twice), Burnley and Watford. With all due respect, this is clearly a massive step up for a struggling United side.

 

 

Eden Hazard each-way to score first at 15/4
One of the cleverest things Maurizio Sarri has done since arriving at Chelsea is almost totally freeing Eden Hazard of defensive responsibilities and allowing him to play as a second/wide forward alongside or more often than not running beyond Olivier Giroud, who is now flourishing at club level in the creative non-scoring striker role he perfected in France’s World Cup win.

Since returning to the Chelsea starting line-up after substitute appearances in the first two games of the season, Hazard has scored in five of Chelsea’s six Premier League goals. Nobody else has more than five Premier League goals this season; Hazard already has seven.

He’s opened the scoring in three of those six games and with United keeping only one clean sheet in their eight Premier League games thus far this looks close to a bet to nothing with bet365 offering unlimited each-way places.

 

 

Draw/Chelsea HT/FT at 7/2
Chelsea have been all square at the break in two of their three home wins so far this season, taking the lead in the 43rd minute of the other.

 

Any goal after 74:59 minutes at 5/6
Chelsea have scored in the last 15 minutes in six of their eight Premier League games this season, and conceded such a goal in one of the other two. Indeed, the only Chelsea game without a late goal featured no goals at all against West Ham.

For United, the stats are slightly less compelling but there has still been a goal beyond 75 minutes in four of their eight matches, while West Ham’s third and final goal in their win over United last month came just before the cut-off in the 74th.

 

Chris Smalling each-way to score first at 50/1
Worth chucking a few each-way pennies at the Manchester United centre-back here; he’s scored in four of his last eight away games in the Premier League, and Chelsea have conceded at least once in four of their last five home league games.

 

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