14:05 GMT 25 February 2018
On a day where the Carabao Cup Final between Manchester City and Arsenal will dominate mainstream football news, there’s a huge game in the Premier League as two of the division’s biggest rivals face off. Chelsea travel to Old Trafford to face a side led by their former manager, Jose Mourinho. Man United are third after Liverpool’s win over West Ham while Chelsea are fourth with Tottenham just a point behind them in fifth.
It’s never a boring affair when Man United and Chelsea meet in the top-flight and it is Antonio Conte’s side who have the edge in their recent meetings. Their northern opponents have won just once in their last 10 league meetings with the Blues, an awful record for a club the size of Manchester United. Chelsea have won five of the ten, including the most recent one back in November when Alvaro Morata’s goal was the difference between the sides. There has been just one game where both teams have scored in the last seven, surprising given the rich history of entertaining games.
The hosts can reclaim second place with three points while a draw will take them level on points with Liverpool. They are without Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini, all gaps which can be filled by more capable players.
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|21.02.2018||UEFA||Sevilla FC||Manchester United||0:0||D|
|17.02.2018||FA C||Huddersfield Town||Manchester United||0:2||W|
|11.02.2018||Prem||Newcastle United||Manchester United||1:0||L|
|03.02.2018||Prem||Manchester United||Huddersfield Town||2:0||W|
|31.01.2018||Prem||Tottenham Hotspur||Manchester United||2:0||L|
A win by three or more goals for Chelsea would actually take them above United on goal difference but they still wouldn’t catch Liverpool. The visitors have Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayoko and David Luiz unavailable for the clash. Latest matches: Chelsea FC
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There’s never a clear winner when two of English football’s heavyweights meet and Sunday’s match is no different. It is incredibly hard to split the two sides, meaning Manchester United are slight favourites based purely on their home advantage. Neither side will go into the match with great form but Chelsea will certainly be more confident after their midweek performance. It is expected to be extremely tight and could very easily end as a draw.
25 February 2018 - 14:05 GMT
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