In our weekly series, two of our writers debate the best bet for an upcoming match.

This week, Chelsea v Manchester United is the game in focus.

Jack Green fancies Chelsea to win with over 3.5 goals scored, while Adam Drury  puts forward his case for Manchester United to a win a low-scoring game.

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Chelsea to win and over 3.5 total goals

Beating Newcastle before the international break may have temporarily saved Jose Mourinho from the sack, but the pressure will be back on the Portuguese after he faces his former club on Saturday.

United haven’t won away at Chelsea since 2012, and they’ve only taken one point from their last five Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge.

The majority of those games were closely fought, but there’s good reason to expect another win for the hosts on Saturday, and by a wider margin than usual.

Chelsea are unbeaten in all competitions this season, and a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on 29 September is the only blemish on their otherwise perfect home record after five games.

Sarri-ball is in full effect, with the Blues scoring three or more goals on four separate occasions so far this season, including against Southampton last time out.

And, in this United squad, Mourinho just doesn’t have the tools to subdue a top side as he has in years past. Losing 3-0 to Spurs in August proved that.

Conceding another three to each of Brighton and West Ham on their travels this season also bodes particularly poorly for their chances of containing Eden Hazard and co.

Jack Green

Manchester United and under 3.5 goals

Jose Mourinho has been left with no wiggle room at Manchester United, with a victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday perhaps the only option if he is to keep his job.

It is time, then, for a Mourinho special.

A rearguard the likes of which saw his Chelsea team deny Liverpool the title by beating them 2-0 at Anfield in April 2014, or which has seen United escape the same venue with 0-0 draws in each of the last two seasons.

Don’t underestimate the meaning of this game to Mourinho on a personal level, either.

He will have been embarrassed by losing both league matches to nil on this ground as United manager, particularly the 4-0 reverse two years ago this weekend.

Nor will he have forgotten his plan to have Ander Herrera shackle Eden Hazard in the FA Cup defeat at Chelsea in March 2017 – which was working well – ruined by a red card he deemed to be an injustice.

United’s stirring inspiring fightback against Newcastle before the international break proved that his words still have some traction with the players.

With Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez all in the goals at one end, Mourinho’s side are capable of keeping Hazard et al. quiet at the other if they follow his plan to the letter.

Adam Drury

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