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Rupert Wyman 16th Sep 2011 - 20:20

Villas-Boas ready for Old Trafford

Villas-Boas has his first real test as Chelsea manager when the Blues face Man Utd at Old Trafford. Chelsea have a good record at the Manchester ground but the in-form United side, have won their last three matches with Chelsea in all competitions.

If the Blues win, they will leapfrog the Reds but if they fail to succeed in Manchester, it does not bode well for their title challenge.  Many of the pundits say that this season is a two horse title race between the Manchester clubs but Chelsea have started the season quietly and impressively.

They may have drawn their opening match against Stoke, but otherwise they have been impressive. The Red Devils are 17/20 to win, the draw is 23/10 and an away win is 7/2. The away win looks a massive price, there is little pressure on Villas-Boas to get a result and Man Utd are beatable.

Man Utd may have destroyed Arsenal 8-2 recently and Rooney is on fire but the score was inflated because of Arsenal's indiscipline, injury problems and their inability to defend.  Chelsea are gathering momentum and they have four wins on the bounce.

However, the champions have scored eighteen goals after four matches. Rooney has hit eight of them and he is 5/1 to grab the first goal and 5/4 to score anytime. If you fancy backing over the goals, over 2.5 goals is 10/11.

Drogba is still nursing his head injury and he will not play any part in the match. Torres needs to step up for Chelsea and he is 10/1 to score first. He failed to find the net in the Champions League midweek and he could have scored a hat-trick (66/1) in the first ten minutes.

However, he did setup the two goals and his supply of balls should be strengthened by the signing of Mata and Meireles. The Portuguese player is 16/1 to score first and he has played in Mikel's role very well.

He brings an attacking dimension to Chelsea and the Blues will not defend at Old Trafford. Both teams to score is 8/11 and it would not surprise me if the punt was settled as a winner by half-time.

In thirty eight league meetings, Chelsea have the upper hand with thirteen wins to United's eleven. Chelsea coupled with the draw can be backed at 10/11 and they will not be walked over at Old Trafford.

The last three Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Man Utd all ended 2-1 as did the last meeting in the Champions League. We have enhanced the price of either team to win 2-1 from 9/2 to 5/1 for this week's Match Winner.



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