It’s the biggest clash of the weekend as hosts Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday evening.
Chelsea’s form under their new manager has been excellent, with the Blues winning 6 and drawing 2 of their 8 matches under him. Chelsea are currently 5th in the table, two points behind 4th-placed West Ham. They come into this game on the back of a morale-boosting 1-0 win in midweek over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. A win here will take them above West Ham into the final Champions League spot.
Manchester United, meanwhile, come into this contest with a goalless draw against Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday night, which saw them advance to the round of 16. Man United drew consecutive league games against Everton and West Bromwich Albion before recording a 3-1 victory over Newcastle last weekend at home. A win will keep the difference between the two Manchester clubs to 10 points.
In head-to-head meetings between these two teams. Manchester United have the upper hand, having won 82 matches as compared to Chelsea’s 55 wins. The remaining 52 games have been drawn.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in October last year and ended in a goalless draw at the Old Trafford.
Chelsea have not lost consecutive home games against Manchester United since October 1995. They were last beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester United in the previous season the Premier League.
Chelsea have failed to score in 3 consecutive Premier League games against Man Utd, attempting 41 shots overall in these games. The last time they failed to score in 4 consecutive top-division matches against an opponent was in April 1960 against Bolton Wanderers.
Manchester United have been unbeaten in 19 Premier League away games (W13, D6), a streak that began with a 2-0 win against Chelsea in February 2020. It is the longest unbeaten away streak in their history. Their previous longest streak of 17 matches took place between December 1998 and September 1999, which ended with a 0-5 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
B Fernandes provided his 10th Premier League assist of the season in the last game, reaching double figures for both goals and assists in a single Premier League campaign.
- Match: Chelsea vs. Manchester United
- Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
- Date & Time: Feb. 28, 2021 at 10 PM IST
- Injured: T Silva
- Doubtful: None
- Unavailable: None
- Injured: P Pogba, J Mata, P Jones
- Doubtful: E Cavani, S McTominay, D Van de Beek
- Suspended: None
Predicted Starting XI
E Mendy (GK); C Azpilicueta, A Christensen, A Rudiger; C Hudson-Odoi, M Alonso, N Kante, M Kovacic; T Werner, M Mount, O Giroud
Manchester United (4-2-3-1)
D de Gea (GK); A W-Bissaka, V Lindelof, H Maguire, L Shaw; Fred, N Matic; B Fernandes, M Rashford, D James; A Martial
- Chelsea form guide: W-D-W-W-W
- Manchester United form guide: D-W-W-D-W
Any game between these two rivals is going to be a thrilling match. Both sides will be desperate to collect a win and all three points in their quest to finish in the top four.
Given Chelsea’s recent form and Manchester United’s away form, the pair playing out an entertaining draw on Sunday afternoon will be a fair result.
Howzat Dream Team
- Goalkeeper: E Mendy
- Defenders: C Azpilicueta, A Rudiger, L Shaw, H Maguire
- Midfielders: M Mount, N Kante, Fred, B Fernandes
- Forwards: M Rashford, T Werner
- Captain: M Mount/T Werner
- Vice Captain: B Fernandes/M Rashford
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