Manchester United v CHELSEA: Preview

 

Date: Sunday 25th February 2018

Venue: Old Trafford

Kick-off: 14:05 GMT

 

 

After a decent showing at home to Barcelona midweek, today’s Premier League game takes us to Old Trafford.

We haven’t had a win away against today’s opponents since 2013 in the league and we lost this fixture under Antonio Conte last season, so we’ll need to be at the top of our game to get anything out of this today.

Eden Hazard will be delighted to hear Herrera is out although Mourinho will undoubtedly have a back up plan to pay attention to the Belgian’s ankles. In fact, our former boss will be doing whatever it takes to not lose today, so we’d do well to make sure we’re a little less generous in defence than we were to Messi & co a few days ago.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says “I have a good relation with the (Chelsea) board, I don’t forget how nice they were to me in a difficult period with the departure of my father; they show me in that moment they feel me as a friend that did his best for the club and always respects the club. With the players, I don’t have any problem, any regret, any stone in my shoes, no problem at all. The fans are fans; with many of them in the street I feel that empathy and that relation that normally should be that connection and feeling forever. When I play at Stamford Bridge, some reactions from the fans are just reactions.”

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “We must be focused for the next game and to prepare in the right way because we are talking about a very strong team with fantastic players. We have to look at ourselves and understand that, from now until the end, every game is very important. The run for a place in the Champions League is open, so we must pay great attention. In this run there are many great teams, and someone will have to stay out of the next Champions League.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Manchester United, Marouane Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones all remain out and are joined by Ander Herrera (muscular).

For Chelsea, David Luiz, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley are all still injured.

 

TEAMS

MAN UNITED (Possible line-up): De Gea; Bailly, Smalling, Jones; Valencia, Matic, Pogba, Young; Lingard; Lukaku, Sanchez

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Hazard; Morata

 

LAST SEASON

Man United 2-0 Chelsea (16th April 2017)

 

RECENT FORM (PL)

MAN UNITED: LWLWWW

CHELSEA: WLLWDD

 

OTHER STUFF

~ Manchester United’s had their first win in 14 meetings (all competitions) in this league fixture last season

~ United have lost more games (18) and conceded more goals (67) against Chelsea than versus any other team in the division.

~ Chelsea’s only goal in four Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford was scored in a 1-1 draw in 2014.

~ Chelsea haven’t won at Old Trafford in the league since 2013.

~ United have conceded just five goals in 13 Premier League home games this season.

~ Mourinho has lost three matches in all competitions against Chelsea as Manchester United manager,

~ Chelsea have won just two of their last nine away matches in all competitions

~ Chelsea have already lost six Premier League matches this season, one more than in their entire title-winning 2016-17 campaign.

~ Antonio Conte has won three of his five meetings in all competitions against Jose Mourinho, with his only defeat coming in this fixture last season.

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Man United 2-0 Chelsea

Sky Sports: Man United 1-1 Chelsea

Sportslens: Man United 1-2 Chelsea

 

 


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