CHELSEA v Manchester United: Preview

 

Date: Saturday 20th October 2018

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 12:30 BST

 

 

 

After another tedious break for no good reason I can think of, today’s early game back in the Premier League sees us play host to Manchester United.

Last time out in the league, United pulled off the great escape an impressive late win against Newcastle and the excitement amongst them alone could have been mistaken for top-6 deciding celebrations. No doubt their boss would have preferred to preserve that feeling to take back into the next game, although as ever, momentum is not something Premier League sides seem to be afforded.

Maurizio Sarri will undoubtedly also have preferred not to have had his so-far unbeaten run so rudely interrupted, particularly with Eden Hazard hitting some blistering form but we’ll just have to wait and see whether a fortnight’s break has done us any damage.

Based on United’s poor form against us and their grim football so far this season, it’s understandable most are predicting another win for us today. But whether they’re sent out to get under our skin, kick us round the pitch, or to park up in front of Kepa, you can bet your backside this will not be as straightforward as the predictions would have you imagine.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri says “I’m very happy with the results but we need to improve, and we can improve.  We’ve had no time to work; I had eight players at the beginning of August and now we’ve started to play every three days so it’s very difficult to work, improve the team and improve the players.  We need to improve our performances in the defensive phase. At the moment we are giving the opponents too many opportunities.”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho meanwhile, says “For me, it’s another game. Would I celebrate like crazy my team’s goal at Stamford Bridge or my team’s victory? I don’t think so.  I think I would try always to control myself and to respect the stadium and the supporters that were my supporters for many years. It’s a match I want to do well for my players, for my team, for my supporters. I’m 100% Manchester United – no space for anything more than respect.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Ethan Ampadu (knee) is unlikely to be available and Antonio Rudiger is our only other doubt with a recent groin problem.

For Manchester United, Jesse Lingard (groin) is not expected to recover in time for today’s game and Rojo remains out. Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic were forced to withdraw from internationals due to ‘injuries’, so presumably should be nicely rested to return today, whilst Marouane Fellaini, Scott McTominay and Diogo Dalot all apparently face late fitness tests but will probably be ok. Oh, and Ander Herrera (ankle) is back to inflict his usual brand of football on Eden Hazard’s ankles.

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Giroud, Hazard

MAN UNITED (Possible line-up): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, Fellaini, Pogba; Mata, Lukaku, Rashford

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 1-0 Man United (5th November 2017)

 

CURRENT FORM (PL):

CHELSEA: WWWDDW

MAN UNITED: LWWDLW

 

OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea are vying to remain unbeaten in their opening nine Premier League games for only the third time.
  • Chelsea have won 10 and lost just one of their past 15 Premier League matches.
  • Chelsea have kept four clean sheets in their last six games in all competitions.
  • Manchester United haven’t won a competitive fixture away to Chelsea in six attempts.
  • Chelsea’s only defeat in the last 16 Premier League meetings at Stamford Bridge was in October 2012. Chelsea had two players sent off in that game.
  • Manchester United have lost 18 Premier League games against Chelsea, more than versus any other side.
  • Manchester United could win consecutive league matches against Chelsea for the first time since 2011.
  • Defeat on Saturday would ensure Manchester United equal the club’s lowest points tally after nine matches of a Premier League season
  • A loss would also be United’s fourth in their opening nine league games – that last happened in 1990.
  • Manchester United have kept just one league clean sheet this season and conceded 14 goals
  • Manchester United have lost three of their last six Premier League away games, winning two and drawing one.
  • Manchester United have lost eight of their last 13 league games in London, as many defeats as in their previous 39 visits to the capital.

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Chelsea 1-1 Man United

Sky Sports: Chelsea 3-1 Man United

Sportsmole: Chelsea 2-0 Man United


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