CHELSEA v Manchester United: Preview

Date: Sunday 5th November, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16:30 GMT

After a 3-0 defeat against Roma midweek in what was quite probably our worst performance under Antonio Conte to date, this afternoon’s game sees us back home against Mourinho’s Manchester United. Probably not the fixture we’d have wanted when we need to get back on track but it gives the red tops the opportunity for a few corny fireworks headlines.
Whilst we come into today’s game off the back of a dressing down from Roma, United supporters make the trip after a bit of a dressing down themselves. Not that a bit of criticism from the manager will bother them, they had a win in Europe midweek and sit second to City in the Premier League, which might explain the selective hearing.
You won’t hear them complain if he sends them out to ‘not lose’ against us today either – particularly if they win.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte chooses to focus on the challengers for the title, saying “Now there are big problems for all the teams that want to fight for the title. The big problem is Manchester City. If City continue in this way it will be difficult to fight for the title. We have to try to do our best.”
United manager Jose Mourinho meanwhile, decides to focus on himself, saying “I have to admit it’s a little bit different but in the end I want to win like I did with Inter. They want to win like they did last season and it’s just one more day. In a couple of years it will be even more natural, and in four or five years probably no one will remember that I was Chelsea manager and it becomes absolutely normal. It isn’t a big thing. One day you are in one club, the next day you’re in another club.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, Victor Moses remains out but we could see Gary Cahill and N’Golo Kante back.
For United, Jesse Lingaard (back) is out but Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young should both return.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible starting line-up): Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard; Morata
MAN UNITED (Possible starting line-up): De Gea; Bailly, Smalling, Jones; Valencia, Matic, Herrera, Young; Mkhitaryan; Rashford, Lukaku

LAST SEASON
Chelsea 4-0 Man United (23rd October 2016)

RECENT FORM (PL)
CHELSEA: DWLLWW
MAN UNITED: WWWDLW

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League home games against Manchester United (W9, D5).
~ United’s 2-0 league victory in April ended a run of 12 games without a win in all competitions.
~ United have lost more Premier League games (17) and conceded more goals (66) against Chelsea than any other side.
~ Chelsea’s two home defeats already equal their total losses at Stamford Bridge in last season’s Premier League campaign.
~ Chelsea are looking for their first back-to-back home league wins of the season.
~ Chelsea have kept five clean sheets in 18 fixtures in all competitions.
~ United have 23 points, their highest tally after 10 matches of a Premier League season since winning their last title in 2012-13.
~ United have scored 10 of their 23 league goals this season in the final 10 minutes of games (43%).
~ United’s substitutes have scored an unrivalled seven Premier League goals and created a league-high four assists in 2017-18.
~ Jose Mourinho is winless in all six Premier League away matches against last season’s top six as Manchester United manager.
~ Mourinho is unbeaten in all eight Premier League matches against the reigning champions (W3, D5).

PREDICTIONS
BBC Sport: Chelsea 1-1 Man United
Sky Sports: Chelsea 1-0 Man United
SportsMole: Chelsea 1-1 Man United

One Response to “CHELSEA v Manchester United: Preview”

  1. chelsea 3-0 man u