Manchester United and Chelsea are both coming off draws in the UEFA Champions League in their last matches. The Red Devils escaped with a 0-0 draw against Sevilla, while The Blues played out a 1-1 draw against FC Barcelona after leading through much of the game. But those contests should be in the rear view now, as they have a pivotal contest to focus on the English Premier League.
Both sides are among the ones that keep tracking Manchester City at the top of the standings, and it seems the focus for both sides is to finish in the Top 4. With that in mind, these two sides will meet in Old Trafford this Sunday.
Manchester United will have several absentees ahead of this game.
Jose Mourinho announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini remain out, but they are not the only absentees. Marcus Rashford won’t play either, and Ander Herrera will be out “for a few weeks” after suffering a muscular injury against Sevilla earlier this week. They should have Paul Pogba back in the starting XI, however. Eric Bailly will get a chance to start and make his 50th appearance for the club as well.
On the other hand, Chelsea won’t have three players since David Luiz, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley have all been ruled out. However, Alvaro Morata is available and could start upfront in place of Olivier Giroud.
Manchester United are coming off a 0-0 draw against Sevilla, and they remain alive in all three competitions so far. They defeated Huddersfield in the FA Cup meaning they qualified for the quarterfinals of the competition, and they sit in second place of the Premier League standings although Liverpool could pass them in case they defeat West Ham this Saturday. In any case, The Red Devils are having a very good season but they need to be at their best if they want to get past The Blues.
Speaking of Chelsea, they are fourth in the English Premier League with 53 points. Their recent form hsn’t been very impressive of late, as they register W2 D1 L2 in their last five PL outings. They remain in Champions League qualifying zone, but Tottenham are one point behind them so they need to get back to winning ways soon.
The last time these two sides met, Chelsea escaped with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge thanks to a goal from Alvaro Morata in the second half. Can United avenge that loss, or will Chelsea pull a league double on the Red Devils?
These types of games are often hard to predict. But with two talented teams, it’s not hard to envision a draw here. Both teams are evenly matched with each other.
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