Jose Mourinho targets trophies like no other manager and he never underestimates the value of his teams running around a stadium carrying a cup. Some coaches dismiss what was traditionally called the League Cup but Mourinho uses the competition as a springboard for bigger fish later in his time at the club. Manchester United face a tough match at Watford tonight in the Premier League and the key to the outcome is the strength of the team Mourinho selects to start the match.
There was an interesting trend last season in that his focus on various competitions reflected the betting odds. It will soon reach a stage when Manchester United have a better chance of winning the Champions League then the Premier League. I’m not suggesting Mourinho follows the bookmaker’s prices but intuitively he works out when he is flogging a dead horse. Until United play Manchester City at Old Trafford the Premier League is still up for grabs.
Rather than trying to outguess the Special One the better option is to go with the scoring trends. Watford have only failed to score in two of 14 fixtures in all competitions this season. However, they have also conceded 21 goals in the league which is the most of any side currently in the top 14 in the table. They have managed five clean sheets but not in any fixture against a top eight outfit. These facts suggest the bet of the night when they play United at home is both teams to score at 8/11 with William Hill.
Chef D’Oeuvre Has Something In Hand
Lingfield stages one of its rare jumps fixtures today on a track that is better known for racing on the All Weather. There is still a circuit for National Hunt racing and the race of the day is a handicap chase worth over £12,000 to the winner at 3pm. On Racing Post Ratings Chef D’Oeuvre has something in hand and is a decent price to deliver. The horse is now running off a decent mark based on past efforts in chases which means at this level CHEF D’OEUVRE should be backed at 4/1.