The Premier League roars back into life this weekend with a classic between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
The two sides have won 13 of the last 19 Premier League titles, and this fixture often produces great drama.
United are under pressure following a difficult start to the season. They’re already seven points off the pace and only three teams have conceded more goals.
Chelsea are purring under new boss Maurizio Sarri, and are 7/10 favourites to win on Saturday. There’s a lengthy 4/1 about the Red Devils, but history – and the stats – suggests they won’t be able to overcome the underdog tag…
Mourinho versus the top six
Since taking charge of United in the summer of 2016, Jose Mourinho’s record away at the other so-called top-six sides is little short of woeful.
In 10 matches the Portuguese boss has led United to just two wins. His innate desire to shut games down has also seen the Old Trafford outfit fail to score in seven of those games.
It doesn’t offer much hope against a Chelsea side who have the third-best defence in the league. Chelsea are 15/8 to win to nil.
But Mourinho isn’t the only problem United face this weekend…
Stamford a Bridge too far
Since Roman Abramovich landed in West London in 2003, and changed Chelsea’s fortunes forever, Man United have endured misery at Stamford Bridge.
The Reds have won just one of their last 20 visits – a 1-0 Champions League win in 2011.
They’ve lost 14 of their last 20 at the Bridge, and including eight of their last nine.
And even before Jose rocked up at Old Trafford, United struggled to grab a goal at Chelsea. They’ve failed to score in four of their last five visits.
United have already endured a turbulent start to the season. The stats suggest things could get a little worse yet.
All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication