This betting review covers the Chelsea v Manchester United clash in the FA Cup, which will be screened Live on ITV 1. The game comes less than 48 hours after away fixtures for both clubs in the Premier League, will that be a key factor here?
Match: Chelsea v Manchester United
Competition: The FA Cup
Kick Off: 12:30 01/04/2013 (GMT)
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For all the furore around Rafa Benitez, Chelsea have maintained some good form in front of their own fans – it is on their travels where they have issues. They have won their last four Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge, plus the FA Cup clash with Brentford. There is however, the issue of fatigue, with both sides playing on Saturday. Chelsea had a couple of hours less recovery time, but it remains to be seen how much shuffling Benitez will do after the worrying loss at Southampton. The older players like John Terry and Frank Lampard may not be asked to play again, but it is not easy to work out what other changes the Spanish Coach may make.
Manchester United warmed up for this tie with a 1-0 win at Sunderland which could have been a little more comfortable. That made it seven straight wins in the League and ten of the last eleven. Equally efficient home or away, United will doubtless make changes, with Wayne Rooney the obvious man to come in, as he played no part on Saturday. The FA Cup remains a target for the Red Devils and with the Premier League now a mere formality, it will be all guns blazing at Stamford Bridge. They look a decent price given the difference in confidence between the two camps.
The First Goal scorer market has some big prices and this reflects the question marks over the two teamsheets. Rooney is of note, he is generally priced at 7.5. Robin van Persie heads the markets at 6.0 with Demba Ba next at 7.0 (Both Stan James). Ramires is 19.0 with Bet365 and only made a late cameo versus Southampton so may start. Jonny Evans is 34.0 at most firms, and carries a threat from set pieces.
The layers expect both teams to score with that market priced a 1.55 with Ladbrokes. Likewise, Over 2.5 goals is 1.66 with Pinnacle. In the ‘To Qualify‘ market, the Blues are slight favourites, with Bet365 going 1.83. United are generally even money.
In terms of Correct Score, a repeat of the score line in the first game, 2-2, is 14.0 with BetVictor. For a narrow United away win – a recent habit of theirs – BetVictor are again best priced on a 0-1 away win (14.0) and 0-2 win (21.0).