Manchester United v Chelsea Betting Preview – Tuesday, 12th April 2011

by Noah Taylor Last Updated

The second leg, then, of this Champions League quarter-final tie, with Manchester United having a 1-0 lead from the first match at Stamford Bridge. That away goal is a massive factor in the whole tie, and it must be considered in your betting calculations, especially when it comes to things like correct score betting. To go through without needing penalties, Chelsea will have to score twice, though they might get 120 minutes to try if they lead 1-0 at the end of normal time. This one is scheduled for 7:45pm UK time, meaning an 04:45AST kick off on Wednesday morning.

Manchester United not only won the first leg away from home, but they looked relatively comfortable in doing so, confounding many predictions. They have been, until recently, a different animal home and away, certainly when it came to their Premier League form. They still have dropped just two points at home all season. Wayne Rooney’s swearing ban doesn’t apply in European competition, so he is able to play after an enforced rest in the weekend win over Fulham. Rio Ferdinand, again good in the first leg, is also fit with Rafael the only likely absentee. This might leave utility player John O’Shea at right back, which could be an area of slight vulnerability.This game, when it’s a league meeting, tends to produce early goals, with 8 from the last 9 having a goal before half-time.

Chelsea’s fairly flat effort in the first leg was alarming as their midfield, perceived to be the strongest area when looking at the two sides head-to-head, did very little. Things weren’t much better either in a laboured 1-0 Premier League victory over the bottom side Wigan. Last season, Chelsea won 2-1 at Manchester United late on in the season – the kind of result they need here, and they did so by leaving Didier Drogba on the bench. He came on to score the decisive second with 11 minutes to go. With Fernando Torres seemingly likely to start, this could be the strategy again. David Luiz is ruled out for Chelsea, but other than that they have a full squad to choose from. If their midfield can’t give them some platform in the game though, they look to be toast here, as we expect United to press early for the second that would make a massive difference.

Manchester United to make the semi-fials but with a win or a draw? We actually like a 2-1 win here, as they will have the chance to go at a Chelsea side who will have to take risks to try and score. We like a Manchester United win at $2.30 with Sportsbet Australia and this is a 4/5 tip.
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