Jose Mourinho’s record of winning league titles and beating Manchester United means that backing Chelsea at 17/20 to have a better Premier League campaign than the reigning champions is the right way to go in the quest for long-term profit in this particular divisional match bet.
The Portuguese’s return to the English football has got the mouths of neutrals watering and the wallets of punters emptying with the Blues emerging from the ominously dubbed ‘Summer of Change’ as 11/5 favourites for the title.
There’s much mystery surrounding how the Red Devils will perform under the stewardship of David Moyes, but it’s difficult to envisage that, even without Sir Alex Ferguson’s managerial mastery, any team that finishes above United won’t win the Premier League this season.
So, if you fancy the second coming of the Special One will see Chelsea placed higher than United when the music stops next May, their title-winning price offers far superior value to the aforementioned divisional duel between the pair.
For those erring in favour of United’s underdog 19/20 price, consider the mass amount of evidence supporting the notion that Chelsea will outdo United over 38 games this term with Mourinho reinstated as helmsman.
The two-time Champions League winner secured higher league standings over United in two of his three full seasons in charge during his first spell at Stamford Bridge. In that period he faced the Red Devils nine times, winning four, drawing four and losing just once.
This defeat was only one of two in 15 career tussles with United and his record against Moyes-coached teams is even stronger.
It’s fair to argue that Mourinho’s Chelsea outfits were far better resourced and geared for success than any Everton side Moyes was in charge of, but six wins and no losses from 10 games is a clear indicator of how the former Porto, Inter and Real Madrid boss scarcely succumbs to complacency.
Expect Mourinho’s unrivalled exploits against United and his undefeated streak against Moyes to lengthen this term, as the Blues add a fourth Premier League trophy to their cabinet.
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