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Chelsea vs Man Utd – Carlo under pressure but Blues can triumph

| 17.12.2010

Carlo Ancelotti knows he faces two massive games in succession that will define Chelsea’s season and his future as the Blues manager, and a win against Manchester United will go a long way to restoring the faith at Stamford Bridge.

With Arsenal up next for Chelsea, Man Utd will want to take advantage of their two title rivals meeting, but Sir Alex Ferguson has won just won and lost five of his meetings with Carlo Ancelotti.

Match Odds

5/4 is a big price for Chelsea at home no matter who they are playing, and considering they have only lost four games at home since the 2004/05 season, Man Utd have their work cut out.

Chelsea have already dropped as many points at home this season (5), than they did in the whole of the last campaign and Man Utd are 9/4 to take the three points, but of the 122 games played since the start of the 04/05 season, Chelsea have won 84 of those games.

Only 34 of those ended in a draw but a point will not be good enough for Ancelotti and his side should win.

Total Goals

Didier Drogba’s miserable form is set to continue as the Ivorian forward has managed just one goal in nine league games against Man Utd.

Chelsea have managed just five goals in their last six games and they would be content with a tight match on Sunday afternoon which it is certain to be.

Under 2.5 goals is available at 4/6 and a 1-0 win for Chelsea is a generous 7/1 with the most fancied result being a 1-1 draw at 11/2.

Chelsea have nine clean sheets from their last 11 home games and the Blues are 7/4 to keep a clean sheet.

A £10 stake on Malouda scoring first and Chelsea winning 1-0 would return £410. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.