Jose Mourinho returns to his old stomping ground on Sunday as Manchester United face a difficult trip to Stamford Bridge. Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku, and Juan Mata also return to their old home.
United have won their last three games including an impressive victory of Tottenham Hotspur. We’ve only lost once in our last sixteen games in all competitions. Romelu Lukaku, however, hasn’t scored in his last six United games with his last goal coming on 30th September. The Red Devil’s sit second in the Premier League, five points behind Manchester City.
Chelsea are currently in fourth place with nineteen points from a possible thirty and are unbeaten in their last two league games. Last time out, Chelsea were heavily beaten in the Champions League, losing 3-0 in Rome. Chelsea’s main man Alvaro Morata also hasn’t scored in his last six games, his last goal was against Atletico Madrid on 27th September.
Jose Mourinho doesn’t expect to have any of his injured players back for this crucial tie. Meaning Fellaini, Rojo, Pogba, and Carrick are all sidelined.
On the other hand, Chelsea have had a boost on the injury front with the news N’Golo Kante should be able to return from a hamstring injury. Victor Moses is the only definite absentee for the Blues.
Manchester United have found it difficult at Stamford Bridge, having not won there since 2012. We did win our last encounter however, beating them 2-0 at Old Trafford last April.
Overall, Chelsea have won seventeen out of the fifty meetings between the two sides in the Premier League, losing fourteen.
Antonio Conte has the upper hand when it comes to previous clashes with Mourinho, losing only once in the four meetings.
Anthony Taylor has been appointed as the referee for this game. The last time he officiated a United game was the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the final game of last season.
There is no doubt that this is going to be an incredibly difficult tie. In recent times, Stamford Bridge has been an awful place for us to go and get results but I believe we can come away with the points on Sunday. We’re most likely going to play as we did at Anfield, but if we get all three points I don’t care if we play the most boring football in the world.
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United
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