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Chelsea vs Manchester United - Match Preview

04 Nov 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Chelsea FC

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Kick-off
16:30 GMT
05 November 2017

Manchester United

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Kick-off
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.

STATS

  • Chelsea have found life hard in the Premier League and in the Champions League this term and they have already lost three of their ten league matches. They have won three of their last five against Bournemouth, Watford and Stoke City but losses against Man City and Crystal Palace in these five matches were extremely disappointing. They only just managed to get past Bournemouth in their last game as Eden Hazard’s goal saw them win 1-0.
  • After spending hundreds of millions in the summer, Man United have shown their quality on numerous occasions this season. They have only lost one of their ten games (against Huddersfield Town) and with seven wins, they are keeping up with Pep Guardiola’s Man City. They were fortunate to beat Tottenham in their last match as a late Romelu Lukaku goal secured a 1-0 victory against the run of play.
  • After he signed in the transfer window from Real Madrid, Alvaro Morata has hit the ground running at Chelsea. He has six goals and three assists, a run that was stopped by injury. He returns to the side for this one.
  • Another summer signing who has been in great goalscoring form is Romelu Lukaku and with seven goals, only Harry Kane has more Premier League goals. He will be hoping to silence the critics who have said that the Belgian fails to perform in the big games.

HEAD TO HEAD

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.

CHELSEA NEWS

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.

Latest matches: Chelsea FC

31.10.2017 UEFA AS Roma Chelsea FC 3:0 L
28.10.2017 Prem Bournemouth AFC Chelsea FC 0:1 W
25.10.2017 EFL Chelsea FC Everton FC 2:1 W
21.10.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Watford FC 4:2 W
18.10.2017 UEFA Chelsea FC AS Roma 3:3 D

MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS

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

31.10.2017 UEFA Manchester United Benfica Lisbon 2:0 W
28.10.2017 Prem Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur 1:0 W
24.10.2017 EFL Swansea City Manchester United 0:2 W
21.10.2017 Prem Huddersfield Town Manchester United 2:1 L
18.10.2017 UEFA Benfica Lisbon Manchester United 0:1 W

SUMMARY

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.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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