Chelsea vs Manchester United : Preview

The Red Devils face another tough competition after Spurs last weekend as they travel to West London and face familiar foes, Chelsea.


Jose Mourinho will be hoping that his team repeats the result they got against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend when Anthony Martial snatched a late winner which won ’em all three points. Whereas on the other side, Antonio Conte will be hoping that his side repeats last year’s result when Chelsea thrashed Man Utd 4-0 at  Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho’s side looks determined to close the gap on the cross city rivals and current leaders of the PL, Manchester City. The slip against Huddersfield Town gave Man City the opportunity to increase the gap between them and Man Utd. But since then the Red Devils have won all 3 games in a row without conceding a single goal, and will go all out tomorrow too. They will require Arsenal to do some favor as the Gunners visit Man City tomorrow (preview), and a draw or a win for the Gunners can help Man Utd to close the gap.

Antonio Conte’s side are currently going through a string of bad matches, after a heavy 3-0 defeat to AS Roma in the UCL and falling 9 points behind the leaders in the PL. They will be keen to bounce back with what could be a decisive victory.

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Eden Hazard & Romelu Lukaku. These two men will be key for their respective teams.

TEAM NEWS

CHELSEA :

Position Chelsea players
Goalkeepers Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo
Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Sterling
Midfielders Kante, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Willian, Scott, Ampadu
Forwards Morata, Batshuayi

There are stills doubts over N’Golo Kante’s fitness, but the Blues will be hoping that their man will achieve match fitness in time to be included in the final XI or atleast make the bench.

Predicted Starting XI :  Courtois | Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz | Zappacosta, Alonso, Bakayoko, Fabregas | Hazard, Pedro | Morata.

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Chelsea will be needing this man, N’Golo Kante, to make a strong comeback.

MANCHESTER UNITED :

Position Manchester United players
Goalkeepers De Gea, Romero, Pereira
Defenders Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Valencia, Shaw, Tuanzebe, Rojo, Blind, Darmian
Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Carrick, Young, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Fellaini, Matic, Mitchell, McTominay
Forwards Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Martial, Rashford

Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick & Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all sidelined for the match. Inclusion of Fellaini & Pogba is still a major doubt but a late decision could be made.

Predicted Starting XI :  De Gea | Jones, Bailly, Smalling | Valencia, Matic, Herrera, Young | Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford.

 MATCH FACTS

Chelsea have lost only one of their last 15 home Premier League matches against Manchester United (W9 D5).

Manchester United have lost more matches (17) and conceded more goals (66) against Chelsea than they have against any other side in the PL

Man Utd have scored 21% of the total Premier League goals scored in the final 10 minutes of matches this season (10/47).

Man Utd substitutes have scored seven goals and assisted four more this season, both PL highs.

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Man Utd will be hoping to remove their Stamford Bridge curse.

MANAGERS’ VIEW

 JOSE MOURINHO : “It’s a big match, a big opponent, one of these matches between the top teams in the country. But from the emotional point of view it’s just one more game.”

ANTONIO CONTE : “We are talking about a really good team, a strong team physically and it will be a very difficult game.”

MATCH INFO

Venue : Stamford Bridge, London
Kick-off :
10:00 PM (IST)
Referee : Anthony Taylor
Assistants : Gary Beswick, Peter Kirkup
Fourth official : Craig Pawson

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