8 Things You Need to Know Ahead of Chelsea vs Man. Utd Clash
As Jose Mourinho heads to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to take on Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, here are 8 things you need to know:
*The ‘Special One’ returns to his former club for the first time since he became United manager on Sunday October 23.
C H E L S E A
Mourinho will make a late decision over whether to field Willian on Sunday following the death of his mother. Oscar is also a doubt following a family bereavement, while skipper John Terry could return after another full week of training following an ankle injury.
OUT: Defender Branislav Ivanovic (muscle) and Midfielder Cesc Fabregas (thigh) will miss the game, while defender Kurt Zouma is set to return to first-team training next week following his long-term knee injury.
M A N. UTD
Defender Chris Smalling will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge. The England international picked up a minor muscular injury in Thursday’s Europa League victory over Fenerbahce, while playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan is still recovering from a thigh injury.
C H E L S E A
Courtois, Begovic, Alonso, Kante, Oscar, Hazard, Pedro, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Costa, Matic, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Luiz, Eduardo, Aina.
M A N U T D
Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Valencia, Darmian, Bailly, Smalling, Fosu-Mensah, Blind, Shaw, Rojo, Herrera, Fellaini, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Young, Depay, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Rashford, Ibrahimovic, Rooney.
Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Matic, Kante, Moses, Hazard, Pedro, Costa.
Man United (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind, Herrera, Fellaini, Young, Pogba, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.
-The Blues haven’t lost any of their last seven league games against United (W3 D4).
-United have lost more Premier League fixtures against Chelsea than any other side (16).
-United have won just one of their last eight trips to London.
-The only previous time Jose Mourinho managed an away team at Stamford Bridge was with Inter Milan and on that occasion he knocked the Blues out of the Champions League.
Chelsea 3-1 Man United
Man United 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-0 Man United
Man United 0-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-1 Man United
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