Soccer Picks for Chelsea vs. Manchester United

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 7:28 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 7:28 PM GMT

Two of the Premier League's biggest names will square off at Stamford Bridge in what's sure to be another classic. Do we think Chelsea or Man United is the better play with our soccer picks?

Odds Overview

If you see the Blues winning this one, it will come at a price of -130 or so in the soccer odds. You can back United in the +375 to +400 range, while a draw's in and around +275.

Chelsea

Since losing to Sunderland in the Capital One Cup, the Blues have gone unbeaten in six straight matches, with the only draw coming at the Emirates against Arsenal.

During that span they've beaten the likes of Liverpool (2-1), Swansea City (1-0), Southampton (3-0), Derby County (2-0) and Hull City (2-0). As you can see, Chelsea has been top-notch defensively, something Jose Mourinho has clearly been working hard on in training.

In the recent victory over the Tigers, the Blues got second-half goals from Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres after a scoreless first half.

The three points kept Chelsea in third place in the Premier League standings and has them just two points back of Arsenal and one behind Manchester City.

The Blues also just reached a deal with Nemanja Matic, who has already played for the club from 2009 to 2011. He was bought for 25 million euros from Benfica and will add another dimension to Chelsea's already crowded yet very talented midfield.

The standout has been Hazard though, as he's scored a team-leading nine goals and also has more assists (five) than any other Chelsea player. He'll likely be at the heart of everything the Blues do going forward again on Sunday.

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Manchester United

There is pressure mounting on David Moyes, but that 2-0 win over                                       the Swans last weekend was a brief reprieve.

Regardless, seeing United as far down as they are in the table – currently they're in seventh place and are 11 points back of the first place Gunners – has to be a frightening situation for the Red Devils faithful.

Danny Welbeck has been trying his best to fill the void left by the injured Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. He's scored a respectable eight league goals so far this season, but however you spin it you're not going to be able to ever replace that tandem completely.

Key to United's chances this weekend will be the availability of Rooney, who could make his return to the fold after taking some time off due to a groin injury. He's been progressing nicely, but there's still a chance he'll be rested further.

Obviously David Moyes would love to have his most influential player back on the pitch, with United's recent results leaving much to be desired.

Premier League Pick

The Red Devils got a boost in confidence from beating Swansea City last weekend, but we're not confident in their ability to get a result in Sunday's showdown.

This is going to be a long process for United under their new manager, and while they still have a lot of experienced, quality players in the squad, they're just not playing well together. There's little cohesion to their play at the moment and that has to be worrying ahead of this visit to Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, you've got a Chelsea outfit that's been in great form lately, one that hasn't tasted defeat since the middle of December. Mourinho will have his side ready and, with our soccer picks, we look for the Blues to hold off the Red Devils for the win.

Pick: Chelsea 2 Manchester United 1

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