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Chelsea vs Manchester United: Preview, Line-up, and Prediction

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Manchester United is set to travel to London to lock horns with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Second-placed Manchester United are 10 points behind the league leaders Manchester City. Leicester City is breathing below their neck with the same number of points but with a lower goal difference. On the other side, the recent upturn in form has helped Chelsea to climb to the 5th position with 43 points. They are two points off David Moyes-led West Ham who is standing at 4th position.

Analysis

Anything less than a win for Manchester United will push Manchester City closer to the Premier League triumph. If there is one team currently who can stop Man City’s dream run, it is the Red Devils.

Thomas Tuchel has done an outstanding job at Chelsea till now. He is undefeated in all his six matches with the Blues. In Premier League, his side has accumulated 13 points out of the possible 15 available. Chelsea is coming after an emphatic win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. In all fairness, it is Chelsea who enters this game with the tag of being favorites.

When and Where?

Chelsea will host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League fixture on 28th February (10:00 PM IST).

Team News and Expected Line-up

Chelsea vs Manchester United: Preview, Line-up, and Prediction

Chelsea

There are no fresh concerns for Chelsea on the injury list. Thiago Silva is the only absentee. He might return to training next week.

Expected Line-up: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, Timo Werner; Giroud

Manchester United

Donny Van De Beek trained with the squad yesterday and might be fit enough to play a part in the game. Edinson Cavani and Dan James are doubts whereas Pogba, McTominay, Mata, and Phil Jones remain sidelined.

Expected Line-up: David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Nemanja Matic, Fred, Bruno Fernandes; Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial

Head to Head stats: Chelsea vs Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led Manchester United has defeated Chelsea thrice in the last three away games. These three occasions were FA Cup (2019), League Cup (2019), and Premier League (2020). The reverse fixture which was played at Old Trafford this season saw it ending in a 0-0 stalemate.

Differentials

Marcus Rashford – Manchester United

Marcus Rashford has completed 5 years in Manchester United’s first team. In these five years, he has scored a few stunners against Chelsea. Can he breach their net once again?

Mason Mount – Chelsea

The young English footballer has been in terrific form. The departure of Frank Lampard did raise some doubts on his spot in the XI but till now he has exceptionally well under the new coach. Tuchel will be hoping that the young lad produces another pivotal performance on this big night.

The 12TH Man Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United

Chelsea hasn’t tasted a defeat under Thomas Tuchel and Manchester United hasn’t lost away from home for more than a year. We believe both of these records will stay intact. We predict a 1-1 draw.

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