One of these teams has a chance of winning the 2018/19 Premier League title and the other is Manchester United.
The Red Devils might be the biggest club in the world if you look at their turnover figures but the team are quickly on their way to becoming second rate, and eighth place in the division is an accurate reflection of their capabilities.
Indeed, Jose Mourinho’s team could be as low as eleventh if Newcastle had managed to score a killer third goal at Old Trafford a fortnight ago before United produced a comeback which finally gave some delight to long-suffering supporters.
While this might have boosted morale in the dressing room, the bookmakers take a dim view of United’s chances for this trip to Stamford Bridge and BetVictor are prepared to lay 17/4 that Mourinho leaves his former club with three points in the back pocket.
There have been wins at Burnley and Watford but also defeats at Brighton and West Ham. There were three goals conceded at both the AMEX and London Stadium, with central defence clearly a problem area for a club who unsuccessfully tried to land Harry Maguire in the summer.
Chelsea will be relishing the prospect of meeting United and the bookies have battened down the hatches when it comes to pricing up the Blues. Ladbrokes currently have 7/10 about the home win and it looks like being part of many weekend accumulators.
Maurizio Sarri’s side have had a reasonable set of fixtures, although they recently came close to beating Liverpool, with the Reds nicking a point late in the contest after Eden Hazard had opened the scoring.
Much is being made of Hazard and the ability of this Chelsea team to score goals, although the defence does deserve a mention, and Kepa has made an instant adjustment to life in England after a mega-money move from Athletic Bilbao in the summer.
David Luiz has been brought in from the cold to partner Antonio Rudiger, while Sarri has identified Marcos Alonso as an attacking full-back and encouraged him to take advanced positions on the pitch.
BetVictor have 2/1 about Chelsea winning this game to nil and you have to consider that, if the Blues could successfully nullify Liverpool for most of the match, they are capable of doing the same thing against United.
Mourinho will be approaching this match as a “must-not-lose” encounter, with Eden Hazard clearly the danger man and special measures might be taken to ensure that the Belgian is kept quiet.
You can find Hazard topping the First Goalscorer list at 7/2 with Paddy Powerand it’s little wonder considering his excellent recent form, which has seen him notch in successive games against Liverpool while also breaking the deadlock at Southampton.
Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez are likely to be sufficiently motivated by this sort of stage although it could be that Marouane Fellaini is worth his weight in gold for this sort of clash.
Nevertheless, a Chelsea 3-0 win at 14/1 with Bet365 looks tempting considering that the United defence is proving to be mightily porous this season, with fourteen goals shipped in eight games to date.