Sunday, February 05, 2012

SUNDAY .......

EPL: CHELSEA - MANCHESTER UNITED ( written 19.00 saturday)

No Cole or Terry for the Blues, Drogba and Kalou are still at the ACN, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young should return for United. Many people might feel that the visitors will have twelve men on the pitch with Howard Webb chosen to officiate, he has a reputation for favouring United, but the stats do not really back that up, although Liverpool supporters might disagree ! We have seen a big change this season in matches between the top teams in the EPL, all have been open, more aggressive , high scoring affairs, with Chelsea's meetings with the other five averaging 4.0 goals per game and United's nine starts an eyepopping 4.67 . Those fourteen matches have seen both teams score in 13, the only team who came up short, was Tottenham in their early season visit to Old Trafford and to be honest, Spurs should have scored a couple at least. Included in that squence of games, was United's 3-1 win in the reverse fixture, Chelsea didn't deserve to lose that day and missed a host of chances, 29 in total, along with 10 corners. The hosts will probably be a little more relaxed today than they usually are going into these fixtures and it is certainly more important to United who are set to go toe to with City for the title. However, I expect the trend to continue and definitely both teams to score, but also each to press in search of a winner, I have a feeling this might be Fernando Torres' day, goodness knows it has been long enough, but he played well in the first meeting and one day soon things will fall for him. Anyway, a confident "over" pick for me. 1.5 units "over" 2.5 goals 2.02 asian line.

Good Luck.

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