Mourinho set to get one over Moyes' Man Utd - Betting Preview
Man Utd welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Monday night for David Moyes' first home Premier League match.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has already started the mind games, suggesting that he would never consider Wayne Rooney second choice if he were to join the Stamford Bridge club. What happens on the pitch is clearly more important and Chelsea (11/5) can get the better of United (11/8) in this huge early season clash.
David Moyes' first match in charge went pretty well as United breezed past Swansea 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium with braces from Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck as well as a fantastic cameo performance from Rooney, helping to create two of the goals. United face a much tougher test against a Chelsea side that has won two out of two in the league, with a comfortable home win against Hull followed by a closer encounter against Aston Villa. RVP is 5/1 to score the first goal of the match, while Welbeck is a shade longer at 8/1, both of which look good value considering their start to the season. If you fancy United to win with a goal from RVP then our enhanced wincast at 3/1 offers great value.
Chelsea under Mourinho in previous seasons had the impressive habit, much like United under Ferguson, of winning when not performing to the highest level or even not deserving to take anything from the match. While they have performed well going forward, they look tough to beat and should be one of the meanest defences in the league come the end of the season. If Chelsea winning the match is your bet, why not back them to win to nil at odds of 9/2.
Frank Lampard was more of a bit-part player for Chelsea in the last couple of seasons but appears to be first choice under Mourinho and relishing the responsibility again. He scored a cracking free kick against Hull in the first match of the season and we offer an enhanced wincast that Lampard scores and Chelsea win at 8/1. Lampard is Chelsea's record scorer and always chips in with goals so it wouldn't be a massive surprise if he was to contribute in a win here.
Phil Jones scored an own-goal in a 1-0 win for the Blues in the same fixture last season and a repeat of that result is 10/1. United defeated Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge last season in a controversial match that saw Chelsea reduced to nine men. Red cards have certainly been prevalent in this fixture (five red cards across both games last season) in the past and our OPTA offer of 2/1 that a player sees red in this match looks a decent bet.
It would be a huge result for David Moyes if he and his side were to get one over Jose Mourinho and Chelsea. In his time at Everton he never managed a win against Mourinho, with Chelsea winning five matches and three draws over their eight head-to-head encounters. If Mourinho can keep up this record now Moyes is at Manchester United then it could well be a season to remember for the Blues.
This match promises plenty, with a new managerial rivalry, the title on both clubs minds and the Wayne Rooney transfer saga still at the forefront. Let's just hope it delivers as much on the night as the build up and off-field incidents have suggested it will.