Two reasons why it may pay to back Chelsea to beat Man Utd

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What is the answer to this football quiz question – What do Gavin Peacock, Michael Duberry, Gianluca Vialli, Mario Melchiot, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Joe Cole, Didier Drogba and Juan Mata have in common?

Correct and half a point for those that answered that all have played for Chelsea in the Premier League, but for full marks they have all scored in Premier League victories for Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Not only do Chelsea have five Premier League victories at Old Trafford to their name, but they have defeated Manchester United 14 times in total, which is more than any other club in the top-flight since 1993.

Therefore, it could be argued that if Man Utd have such an opponent that could be deemed to be a bogey team, then Chelsea are it.

This may not be enough on its own to tempt some into taking the 11/5 on offer for Chelsea beating Man Utd again, but the fact that the Blues have made a habit of winning their opening three games of a Premier League season may tip the balance in their favour.

In three of the last four campaigns, Chelsea have taken nine points from a possible nine, while in five of the last six seasons that have maximum points in their first away outing.

Meanwhile, punters wanting to push the boat out by attempting to predict Chelsea’s winning margin are best off placing their bets with Ladbrokes, who are offering the top price on many of the correct scorelines of the match.

Stand-alone best prices include the 12/1 that Chelsea beat Man Utd 1-0, the 20/1 they leave with a 2-0 victory and 28/1 that they make a real statement with a 3-1 triumph.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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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.