Sunday 25 Feb

Manchester United vs Chelsea - Match Preview

25 Feb 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Manchester United

  • L
  • W
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  • W
  • D


14:05 GMT
25 February 2018

Chelsea FC

  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D

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.


  • Man United have been far from spectacular in the league since Christmas and their poor form has seen slip further away from their runaway rivals, Man City. United have won just two of their last five games, both wins came against Huddersfield (one in the league, one in the FA Cup). In that time, they have been beaten by Tottenham and Newcastle in the Premier League as well as luckily drawing 0-0 away at Sevilla in the Champions League.
  • Like their opponents, Chelsea have won just two of their last five. They beat Hull City 4-0 in the FA Cup and beat relegation-threatened West Brom 3-0 in the league but disappointing losses to Watford and Bournemouth have made their challenge for the top four even harder. They faced Barcelona in midweek in their Champions League Last 16 first-leg and picked up a 1-1 draw, gutting for the Blues after they took the lead.
  • Man United’s top scorer this season once adorned the blue shirt of Chelsea. With 12 league goals, Romelu Lukaku has been the Red Devils’ main threat in attack this term.
  • His Belgium team-mate, Eden Hazard, is Chelsea’s talisman this season. He has 11 goals from his advanced midfield position and is currently in fantastic form in the Premier League.


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.

Latest matches: Manchester United

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

20.02.2018 UEFA Chelsea FC FC Barcelona 1:1 D
16.02.2018 FA C Chelsea FC Hull City 4:0 W
12.02.2018 Prem Chelsea FC West Bromwich Albion 3:0 W
05.02.2018 Prem Watford FC Chelsea FC 4:1 L
31.01.2018 Prem Chelsea FC Bournemouth AFC 0:3 L


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.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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