One of the most highly anticipated clashes in the Premier League occurs as top-four chasing Chelsea welcome second-placed Manchester United. The match schedules for Sunday at Stamford Bridge, with a kickoff at 7:30 pm.
Chelsea is currently fifth-placed, two points behind fourth-placed West Ham, who lost to Manchester City on Saturday. Manchester United is second-placed, ten points behind league leaders Manchester City.
Thomas Tuchel’s form as Chelsea manager has been excellent so far, with the Blues winning six matches and drawing in two matches in eight starts across all competitions. A top-four finish looked like a hard fetch for Frank Lampard after a series of unimpressive performances saw his time come to an end.
Chelsea has picked up 14 points from a possible 18 available in the fifth position on the table. A win this weekend will close the gap to only three points against the Red Devils. Chelsea was held to a 1-1 draw against Southampton last weekend.
Man United enter into the clash on the back of a goalless draw against Real Sociedad in the Europa League last Thursday. The side managed to advance to the round of 16 courtesy of a 4-0 aggregate success.
The Red Devils received a glamor tie against AC Milan in the next round but cannot afford to switch focus from the league. A six-point gap separates them from their opponents.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United Head to Head
Both sides have 43 games against each other, with Chelsea taking home 16 wins, equal to Manchester United’s 16 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Atletico Madrid 0-1 Chelsea
Southampton 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle
Barnsley 0-1 Chelsea
Sheffield United 1-2 Chelsea
Manchester United 0-0 Real Sociedad
Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle
Real Sociedad 0-4 Manchester United
West Brom 1-1 Man United
Man United 1-0 West Ham
Chelsea Team News
Tuchel continues without the services of veteran defender Thiago Silva due to a muscular problem. Olivier Giroud’s sensational bicycle kick could earn him a start in attack alongside Mount and Timo Werner. The benchwarmers include Ng’olo Kante, Ben Chilwell, and Reece James.
Manchester United Team News
Absentees for Ole Gunnar include Phil Jones, Paul Pogba, and Juan Mata. However, hopefuls for a starting XI include Edinson Cavani, Scott McTominay, and Donny van de Beek following recent issues.
Prediction and Odds
This is a tough match to predict, with both sides desperate to collect the three points this Sunday.
Correct Score: 1-1
Goals Under 2.5