Louis van Gaal and his men will face the defending English Premier League Champions Chelsea at their own backyard Stamford Bridge. In the reverse fixture, the teams settled for a 0-0 stalemate thanks to the heroics of the world’s two best Goal Keepers Thibaut Courtois and David de Gea. The shot shoppers were so impressive that either team attackers cannot find the net despite having very good chances.
Chelsea vs Manchester United Match Preview
Hosts Chelsea are in an undefeated run who did not lose a game after the 2-1 defeat to Leicester on 14th December. Guus Hiddink has turned the Chelsea players’ morale positively and Chelsea have been playing fine football under the Dutch. The Londoners enter the frame as the second favorites since they have only drawn half of their last eight games earning just 16 points from a possible 24. Still the results are not considered as ‘bad’ since Chelsea’s results this season under former manager Jose Mourinho was ‘worse’ that this. But still the Blue fans are not happy with Guus Hiddink’s results either.
On the other hand, the Red Devils are in fine form after the three consecutive league defeats they suffered back in December. Louis van Gaal has somehow managed to keep his job after a six games winless streak. With Jose Mourinho heavily linked with Manchester United, Louis van Gaal has to make sure of his results or else he may get the memo.
Current Performances of Chelsea
The Blues settled for a disappointing 0-0 draw to Watford in the midweek. The result seemed a good one for the Blues since they won an away point against a team who are 4 places ahead in the League table. But, the fans are not impressed since they expected a much better game after watching Chelsea’s dashing display in FA Cup against MK Dons.
With Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas returning to their best and attackers Oscar, Willian in fine form Chelsea will fancy a win and they can certainly make it if they produce their best on the pitch. Costa has scored almost in all of his games played under Guss Hiddink and Cesc Fabregas won the MOTM award against Arsenal. The Blues’ biggest concern is out of form Nemanja Matic who is struggling for form this whole season.
Chelsea Injury News
Chelsea have no ‘big’ injury concerns to worry about except star winger Willian. The Brazilian was a doubt for the game against Watford that he started and played the full 90 minutes. So Guus Hiddink has his first team squad to choose against Manchester United. Radamel Falcao, Loic Remy will not be available, but it is expected that new signing Alexander Pato will be included amid reports that the Brazilian is not yet ready to make his debut.
Chelsea Predicted XI
Thibaut Courtois, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Kurt Zouma, Ceaser Azplilicueta, Obi Mikel, Cesc Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa
Current Performances of Manchester United
The Red Devils beat Stoke City 3-0 in a typical Red Devil way after a very long time and are in good shape to face the defending Champions Chelsea. Young forward Anthony Martial has been playing sensational football and club captain and leading forward Wayne Rooney has shown glimpses of his quality in the last few games. If Rooney and Martial can continue their good form at the Stamford Bridge then the Blues will have to make a big effort to stop the duo. A defeat against Chelsea will narrow the top 4 chances for United this season and they must beat the Londoners to keep their momentum high.
Other than the forwards, United’s academy talent Jesse Lingard has been so impressive in the game against Stoke and is expected to threaten Chelsea on the wings. Former Blue Juan Mata is a player to look at in the center of the pitch and the Chelsea fans know the threat by their former ‘player of the year’ award winner.
Manchester United Injury News
United are without Bastian Schweinsteiger who has a knee injury, Phil Jones (ankle), Ashley Young (groin), Marcos Rojo (shoulder) and Antonio Valencia (ankle), Luke Shaw (broken leg) remain long-term absentees.
Manchester United Predicted XI
David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, Cameron Jackson, Micheal Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney.
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Match: Chelsea vs Manchester United
Time: 9:30PM (IST), 11:00 (ET), Sunday 7th February 2016
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Though United are in a better League position and enter the game as favorites, it will be Chelsea who will dominate the game for most of the part and the team who can play more CLINICAL football will win the tie.