CHELSEA v Manchester United: League Cup Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: Wednesday, 31 October

Kick-off: 19.45 GMT

 

Back to the scene of the crime tonight then – of course I’m referring to the robbery we were subjected to in the Premier League on Sunday – although this time it’s the League Cup and whilst we’d usually place a lot less importance on this game as a rule, the injustice at the weekend is still raw enough to not really want to lose again.

There may have been a time when a victory like that one Sunday would have felt a bit hollow for United. Let’s face it, even against ten men they weren’t going to take 3 points off us and they’ll know we were the better side. Now though, it seems they’re prepared to celebrate a win however they manage to scrape it, and having come away from last season completely trophy-less, they’ll want a win tonight as much as us – although maybe for different reasons.

 

 

MANAGERS’ VIEWS

Sunday’s game has left us a bit more depleted than we’d have liked and ahead of tonight, Di Matteo says “It is certainly a tricky situation because we have Branislav Ivanovic, Fernando Torres and John Terry suspended, and Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole out injured.  Ashley’s ankle is sore and swollen and he won’t recover in time for tomorrow. So it reduces the squad but everybody else is okay. It is also our fourth game in 10 days and they have all been big games so we are looking to freshen the team up a little bit for sure, and also put a couple of youngsters in.  We always talk about developing and giving youngsters a chance so this type of game is a good opportunity for some of them.

I am not sure United are going to go with a similar team to the one they had against Newcastle or they are going to mix up it.  It is a bit of an unknown and we will have to wait for the teamsheet, but I am not expecting just a young team, I am expecting a strong team. When you play Man United it is always a big game in whichever competition you play in.  I hope the supporters get behind the team, the young players especially, and push us on to a win. Any trophy you add to your cabinet is a plus and this is one you have to try your best to go and get. That is the objective.”

Meanwhile, with Clattenburg unavailable tonight, Fergie says “Obviously we will make changes for the Wednesday game. The squad that played against Newcastle will be in place again.  You don’t want to lose down there and we want to continue in the cup.  Any game down there is going to be tough. There has been good progress there since Roberto di Matteo took the job. They are big games – and big games are good for us.”

 

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Ivanovic, Torres and JT are all banned. Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole (ankle) miss out through injury, so we could be looking at starts for Azpilicueta, Moses, Marin and Sturridge.

For United, Kagawa (knee), Smalling (metatarsal), Jones (back & knee) and Vidic (knee) are out,  RVP, Rooney and Ferdinand may be rested although Lee Mason may well be called into the squad if needed late on.

 

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (from): Cech, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, Mikel, Romeu, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Moses, Piazon, Marin, Sturridge, Turnbull, Saville, Ake.

MAN UNITED (from): De Gea, Lindegaard, Johnstone, Wootton, Rafael, Evans, Keane, Buttner, Valencia, Anderson, Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Fletcher, Powell, Scholes, Cole, Lingard, Vermijl, Tunnicliffe, Hernandez, Welbeck, Macheda, King.

 

 

LAST MEETING

Chelsea 2-3 Clattenburg (28th October 2012)

 

 

PREDICTION

Unsurprisingly, United are now unbeaten in their last 6 against us in all competitions, so if Mason has the sort of game for them his colleague had at the weekend, that run is unlikely to end.

11 Responses to “CHELSEA v Manchester United: League Cup Preview”

  1. The scene of the crime is correct, its teh scene where Mikel threatened to break Markys legs. The scene where Chelski failed to controll their players, the scene where RDM got his tactics completely wrong and left his full backs exposed to the two excellent wingers that are Valancia and Young! The scene where Rooney & RVP ran riot! The scene where Chelski surrendered 3 points to the better and more superior team. Lets face it, Chelski are shit and are on a rapid decline since that Shaktar defeat. Uniteds reserves will also come away victorious tonight mark my words. How you can support a RACIST is beyond me, you havbe the neck to be writing articles about us and that scumbag JT is out there fu*king his team mates wives/girlfriends and racially abusing fellow footballers. Chelski are bad to the bone, an absolutley disgusting team. ye got lucky and won the UCL, ye wont be defending it this season and thats a fact! Remember we only missed out on the EPL on goal difference, a points tally that was the highest accumulated in the EFL and not to have won it. CLOWN YA!!!

  2. I am sure united will lose to night

  3. Please smash them fairly with no ref to save them for once please! Refs savedthem last 3 league games.

  4. i only see a draw tonight bcos it wont be interesting as of the last time.

  5. I don’t think clubs who can’t live within their means should participate in these tournaments.

  6. Two nil Chelsea for me. Sturridge with them both. Come on Chelsea, take these men to the grave! Man uniteds defense is terrible compared to there defense a couple years ago.. there best defender is evra and vidic. One of them are injured. Aslong as Chelsea stay tight and organised at the back, we will be fine. I fined there not as organised without lampard or terry , which needs to change as there both going to play less due to there age. They need to find a new captain. No disrespect to Cech, I just generally find goalkeepers as captains don’t work all that well. I think Ivanovic or Mikel would be great captains.

  7. that’s sure man you will win the game, no thing to do chelsea with man u

  8. chelsea must lose tonight,as far as united player’s are concern.united 5-3 chelsea.up man-u 4life,the blues the useless club.

  9. Lol all the Man United idiots…serves you right :P 5-4!!

  10. Paddy the red is in another world…what an arsehole!! Better team lost on Sunday and won last night

  11. Daniel Sturridge is amazing. He looks like scoring every time he plays. Fuck falcão, Chelsea don’t need him. I hope lukaku and Sturridge are the future of Chelsea!!