Manchester United have quietly assembled a three-game winning streak across all competitions, and are coming off a big 1-0 win over Tottenham in the Premier League last week. But The Red Devils will face an even tougher test this Sunday, as they will play against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. This thrilling match will start at 16:30 BST. Anthony Taylor will be the referee.
Jose Mourinho will feature a depleted side ahead of this contest. The amount of injuries on United’s end has been substantial, and as a result Mourinho has not been able to rotate the side as much as he would like of late. Among the injuries, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo remain sidelined due to knee problems although the Argentina international is inching closer to a return. Rojo should return after the international break, while Zlatan will resume training in the coming weeks.
Paul Pogba (hamstring), Michael Carrick (undisclosed) and Marouane Fellaini (knee) won’t be available either. However, there is a chance the Belgian plays since he will undergo a late-fitness test. The same goes for Jesse Lingard, as the winger is dealing with a back problem. Lingard’s availability for this game will be decided closer to kick-off time.
On the other hand, Chelsea will be nearly at full strength ahead of this contest. The lone absentee for Antonio Conte will be Victor Moses. The Nigeria international has been ruled out due to a muscular injury.
Manchester United’s form after the international break was quite a roller-coaster, but they are trending in the right direction in the past few weeks. The Red Devils have won their last three games, and have come out on top in four of their last five games across all competition. They are coming off a huge 2-0 win over Benfica in the Champions League, and also defeated Tottenham 1-0 in the Premier League this past Saturday. It is worth noting that they have kept a clean sheet in their past three games as well.
On the other hand, Chelsea have been a bit inconsistent but are trending in the right direction of late. Prior to their 0-3 defeat against AS Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday, The Blues were riding a four-game undefeated streak across all competitions. And their have won their past two Premier League matches, too, defeating Watford and Bournemouth in recent weeks.
The head-to-head record between both clubs certainly favours Chelsea when both sides meet at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are riding a seven-game undefeated streak at home against United, notching five wins and two draws over that span.
Derbies are often quite hard to predict, but it is tough to imagine Manchester United coming out with a win in this game. Even though Chelsea’s home record has not been very impressive, they are trending in the right direction and United have to deal with several absentees once again. As such, all signs point to a draw in this game.
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