16:30 GMT 05 November 2017
This weekend sees one of the Premier League’s most anticipated fixtures return as Chelsea play host to Manchester United. It also sees Jose Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge after his two managerial stints in West London. His former side has struggled in the league this season and currently sit fourth as they look to successfully defend their title. Man United have started well and are second in the table, below their local rivals, Manchester City.
Man United’s struggles in recent years are highlighted in their recent meetings with Chelsea. They have beaten the Blues just once since 2012, a run that lasts 13 matches in all competitions. It was the Red Devils who won the last meeting as goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera led them to a 2-0 win. Both teams have scored in just one of the last six games and United have scored five goals in the last 11 meetings across all competitions.
A win for Chelsea could see them go third but they must avoid defeat if they want to stay in the race for the title, even at this early stage. They will miss the influence of N’Golo Kante as the Frenchman is not expected to feature while Victor Moses also misses out through injury.
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|31.10.2017||UEFA||AS Roma||Chelsea FC||3:0||L|
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Mourinho’s side are already five points below City in the table and they won’t want to lose any more ground on the league leaders. They have several injuries to worry about as it’s still too early for Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick to return to the team. Their midfield woes don’t stop there as Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini are both major doubts s to whether they will play. Latest matches: Manchester United
Latest matches: Manchester United
The fixtures between these two sides are always too tough to choose a winner and this one is no different. It looks set to be one of the closest encounters of the last few years and a draw is the most likely outcome with two great attacking sides. Jose Mourinho’s style against the big teams means that United have a decreased chance of scoring but the hosts will struggle to break down their strong defensive line.
05 November 2017 - 16:30 GMT
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