Man Utd v Chelsea: Expect Fergie’s men to do damage after break

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Despite allowing both Fulham and Reading to score at Old Trafford in the past two rounds of the FA Cup, the best bet ahead of the visit of Chelsea in the quarter finals may well prove a Manchester United win to nil at 9/4.

This pair have met at Old Trafford five times in the competition previously, with Chelsea failing to win any and scoring a total of one goal in the process.

Meanwhile, with Man Utd now out of the Champions League, the domestic double is the best that Sir Alex Ferguson can hope for and given their Premier League advantage, he is certain to name his strongest team here.

Six clean sheets have arisen from their last nine Premier League games and they seemed set to shut out Real Madrid until they were reduced to ten men.

Furthermore, Chelsea have a day’s less rest after their Europa League defeat to Steaua Bucharest, while this fixture took place in Romania, with Man Utd at least suffering their Champions League heartbreak at home.

Chelsea have also failed to score in their last two away days.

Punters wanted to keep it simpler may prefer the 4/5 on offer for a home win, with Chelsea available at 10/3 to dump the Red Devils out of a second cup competition in a week.

Their recent record in the competition is one reason to side with Chelsea, as they have been beaten in just one of their last 38 FA Cup fixtures.

Therefore, 21/20 may represent value to some taking Chelsea in the draw no bet market.

Another interesting statistic is that Chelsea have scored eight goals in their last three FA Cup fixtures, all of which have arrived in the second half.

Man Utd have also scored more in the second period than the first in their last two in the competition, which both indicate that 23/20 is a fine price that most goals are scored after the interval at Old Trafford.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.