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Sleeping giants to serve up stalemate

I’M still coming to terms with the fact that we’ve somehow ended up with a title battle between Spurs and Leicester, but I suppose we should instead be looking forward to a clash between two sleeping giant has-beens from yesteryear.

The only competition Chelsea and Manchester United are likely to win this season is the one to decide which team plays the least interesting football.

The Blues have picked up a bit since they got rid of Mourinho but they’re still a long way from anything special, while United still seem to be earning plaudits predominantly for beating a woefully out-of-form Derby in the FA Cup.

Chelsea’s home record is uglier than the club’s planned redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, which looks like a hastily built treehouse.

So I can’t have any faith in Guus Hiddink’s side getting three points at the prices and the draw looks a solid bet. These sides played out a diabolical 0-0 draw at the end of December and I don’t believe much has changed.

Apart from, I suppose, the fact that Spurs and Leicester are now looking like the Premier League’s answer to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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Chelsea v Man Utd

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Chelsea have won four of their 12 home league games
Expert verdict
Chelsea have taken heart from their improved form but punters will need to see more from the Blues if they’re to believe they are back to their best. These sides drew 0-0 in late December and not as much has changed over the last month or so to suggest we will be in for anything other than a tight Stamford Bridge stalemate.