The odds suggest the Premier League’s top three have relatively easy tasks this weekend.
Manchester City are a best-priced 1/12 to beat Burnley, Liverpool are a general 1/3 to win away at Huddersfield and Chelsea are 8/11 to beat Manchester United.
The weekend’s big game is the early kick-off on Saturday and Jose Mourinho’s men are a bigger price (4/1) to win at Stamford Bridge than they were when beating Manchester City 3-2 in April.
The desire to prevent their city rivals lifting the Premier League trophy led them to pull off that surprise victory at the Etihad, whereas the desire of certain players to begin a Mourinho-less era at Old Trafford may have the opposite effect here.
Mourinho also has a poor record at Stamford Bridge since joining Manchester United in 2016, losing three games, one of which was in the FA Cup, by a combined score of 6-0, and his employment of various tactics, including attempting to man-mark Chelsea’s star man Eden Hazard, have all failed.
However, should his side really be rated less likely to beat this Chelsea team than they were to come out on top against last season’s record-breaking champions?
It does not take the most vibrant of imaginations to conjure up a scenario in which any permutation of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford cause Chelsea’s high defensive line some problems and 4/1 for a Manchester United victory is just too tempting a price.