Undefeated Manchester United is a small favorite as it welcomes rival Chelsea to Old Trafford in a marquee fixture on the Barclays Premier League schedule on Sunday afternoon.
The defending champion Red Devils have won each of their four matches to open up the season and currently sit atop the table along with equally unblemished Manchester City. Manchester United has posted victories over Bolton, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Bromwich while outscoring their opposition by an aggregate total of 18-3 to date. [ See latest Man U v Cheslea odds at Bet365 ]
Chelsea has posted three victories and one draw through the early going, defeating Sunderland, Norwich and West Bromwich following a season-opening scoreless draw against Stoke.
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In Champions League play which began this week, Manchester United needed a clinical strike from Ryan Giggs in order to secure a 1-1 draw with Benfica on Wednesday, while Chelsea got goals from David Luiz and Juan Mata to topple Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Manchester United is listed at Bet365 as -120 favorites to defeat Chelsea, while the Blues are +350 underdogs to upset the Red Devils with draw odds at +250.
Wayne Rooney is off to a torrid start for the high-powered Red Devils with eight goals through four fixtures to lead all scorers. Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck (currently injured) have each contributed two goals to the Manchester United attack. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that goalkeeper David De Gea will get the start against the Blues ahead of Anders Lindegaard.
Chelsea, which has registered seven goals from seven different goal-scorers while permitting only three against, defeated the Red Devils 2-1 in March as part of last season’s late Premier League schedule.
Manchester United defeated Chelsea 1-0 and 2-1 in the two quarter-final legs of last season’s Champions League play in April, and also defeated the Blues 2-1 in May just prior to clinching its record 19th English league title.