Man United prepare for their second match at Stamford Bridge in four days after prevailing 3-2 when the sides recently met in a bad tempered Premier League clash.
A Capital One Cup date has allowed them to renew hostilities so soon and, despite it being bottom of both sides’ priority list, this promises to be another fiercely contested tussle. Chelsea are favoured in the betting as they attempt to exact some vengeance on their title rivals and can be backed at 13/10.
The Blues have a smaller squad than United, which means they are likely to field a team that bears a greater resemblance to full-strength than the one United are expected to turn out.
The likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand will all be missing for the Red Devils, while Ashley Young is unlikely to be asked to play two games in such a short space of time following his return from injury.
Chelsea are likely to hand starts to Victor Moses, Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand here, with German international Marko Marin also in the reckoning to make the starting XI for the first time.
Both of United’s last two games have ended in 3-2 triumphs and 28/1 says they’ll make it an unlikely hat-trick to advance to the quarter-finals of this competition.
Goals, however, are something spectators can expect to witness, with 15 being scored in the last three meetings between these two. Over 2.5 goals scored should be backed, even if the price is a touch on the short side at 8/13, as this has been the outcome in 10 of the last 12 renewals.
Javier Hernandez is likely to find his name on the scoresheet in this one; he’s a certain starter for United following his match-winning cameo in the league clash.
The Mexican loves playing against Chelsea, who he has scored five goals in just seven appearances against. Amazingly, he is way back at 9/1 to break the deadlock here which has got to be worth a few quid, whereas the 5/2 that says he notches at any time is money in the bank.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date