The EFL Cup’s importance cannot be underestimated as both these sides go through a transition season in which a trophy would be a very welcome edition and possibly mark a successful season.
The last time the two sides met in the EFL Cup, six goals were scored at the 90-minute mark and a total of nine by the time the final whistle blew at the end of extra time. Four goals were also scored when the pair met in the Premier League at the start of the season. Add to this Chelsea putting seven past Grimsby in the last round and it is not hard to see why we are backing over 3.25 goals in this game as a great way to get the most out of online betting sites goals odds.
OVER 3.25 GOALS
We have highlighted above why we think there will be plenty of goals and to highlight this further, Chelsea have scored in each of their last four home games. However, we are also backing the Blues to get the job done, especially as they have won their last three home games in all competitions – and convincingly well. This will be United’s third away game in a row that started with Partizan in the Europa League less than a week earlier and tiredness, injuries and poor form push everything in Chelsea’s favour.
CHELSEA TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
United have been far better in the opening 45 minutes than they have the second in recent weeks. So much so in fact that prior to their Premier League clash with Norwich City, the Red Devils had not managed a second half goal in any of their four previous games. That is reason enough to back the draw at half time and the Chelsea win but fatigue may also play a hand to Frank Lampard’s advantage.
HALF TIME DRAW/FULL TIME CHELSEA
Head to Head
Manchester United thumped the Blues 4-0 in the opening game of the Premier League season. However, that result can be taken with a pinch of salt as the fortunes of the two sides have been a little different since then. The last time the pair met in the EFL Cup, Chelsea won a thrilling 2012 encounter 5-4 after extra time. The 4th round tie ended 3-3 on 90 minutes before Daniel Sturridge and Ramires sealed the game for the Blues.
Chelsea to progress
Home advantage could be a crucial factor in this game as the odds with popular sportsbooks for this match suggests. Chelsea’s return to form has been impressive whilst United continue to suffer injuries and indifferent form. It doesn’t help Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men that this will be the third away game in a row meaning if anyone is likely to be a little lethargic, expect it to be United as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea outlast United.
Darren Williamson is an experienced soccer writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European soccer, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
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