The match between Manchester United and Chelsea provided plenty of information regarding the two teams’ chances of winning the Premier league this season. Manchester United were three-nil up by half time and ran out three-one winners after Chelsea scored early in the second half through Fernando Torres but failed to convert half an hour of sustained pressure into goals. Torres missed a sitter in the eighty-third minute when presented with an open goal having gone round De Gea and Ramires was also guilty of comparable profligacy in the first half, but in the end United were deserved winners. Rooney hit the post and missed a penalty as well as scoring and Nani was also in devastating form, fizzing a shot into the top corner from outside of the area, thumping another effort against the bar in an incident that led to the penalty award and generally wreaking havoc down the right wing.
Ashley Young was also highly effective cutting in from the left and whipped in a wicked free kick that led to Chris Smalling’s opener. Smalling lost Lampard who was supposed to be his marker and further slack defending from Chelsea led to United’s second goal as well. Phil Jones was allowed to maraud into the Chelsea half with the ball at his feet and when his attempted cross was deflected but not properly cleared, Nani was able to roll the ball into Rooney’s path for a simple finish.
Following this result, Manchester United’s Premier League betting odds will be leaning even further towards even. It is starting to look like a two horse race between the sides from Manchester and the betting at most bookies will most likely be now starting to reflect this. The pattern of betting that is consequently likely to emerge will be in stark contrast to the spread betting created by the varied Kempton odds.