Jose faces difficult return to former club

Last updated: October 18, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:30
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Coverage: Sky Sports
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Away Form: DDLDW
Last Meeting: Chelsea 1 – 0 Man United
Competition: EPL

High flying Chelsea who sit in second place in the table, host eighth-place Manchester United. Jose Mourinho faces his former Club as the Reds Devils look to build on their dramatic win against Newcastle. Chelsea will be confident, Eden Hazard is in great form, hitting seven Premier League goals already this season.

Chelsea have dropped points just twice this season, in the 0 – 0 draw against West Ham and their 1 – 1 draw against Liverpool, in which they gave away an early lead. They had a great outing at St. Mary’s stadium winning 3 – 0 against Southampton with a Hazard inspired win as he scored in the half hour mark. New manager – no problem for The Blues as Maurizio Sarri has instilled a new playing style that took a while to sink in but has so far worked well for them. Six wins in the league and an on form talisman in Eden Hazzard who is the leading top scorer with seven goals.

The new signings at Chelsea have fitted in well and despite a slow start, Ross Barkley is playing well and looks like realising some of his potential that we saw in glimpses at Everton. The biggest weakness for the team is the lack of a free-scoring striker as Alvaro Morata has been firing blanks. Kante, despite having a good season, is playing out of his natural position to fit in new signing Jorginho who is the heart of the Chelsea midfield. The match against United will be a good challenge for Sarris’s men. They are unbeaten by the top teams so far, winning against Arsenal and drawing against Liverpool.

Manchester United had a jaw-dropping win against Newcastle when they came from two nil down to win the match 3 – 2. Kennedy and Muto put Newcastle 2 – 0 ahead as early as the tenth minute to shock the Old Trafford supporters. Chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” rang out as Marcus Rashford missed two clear heading opportunities and Lukaku was out of sorts. The second half saw a different United take the field. Mata instilled hope when he curled home a free kick from the edge of the box. Antony Martial combined superbly with fellow Frenchman Pogba to fire in the second and put the scores level at 2 – 2. Alexis Sanchez, who has been criticised for a poor run of form, came off the bench to show why he is highest paid player in England. His header gave United a 3-2 lead in stoppage time.

United this year, always seem to be a game away from a crisis and if reports are to be believed, Sanchez may have saved his boss’s job with the winner against Newcastle. Expect this pressure to reach boiling point if Jose fails against his former club. The fixtures don’t get any easier for United, they face Italian giants Juventus next week with former United man Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks.

Team News

Chelsea maestro Eden Hazard has been in flying form that has put him on the radar of European Champions Real Madrid, who have been struggling in their league.

Six wins and two draws for The Blues puts them second in the league standings, tying on 20 points with Manchester City and Liverpool.

Manchester United face Juventus over two legs in the Champions League with former star Cristiano Ronaldo set to feature against his former club.

The Reds Devils sit eighth with four wins, three losses, and one draw in their last Premier League matches.

Expected Line-Ups:

Chelsea (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, D.Luiz, M.Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Willian, Giroud, Hazard
Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Fabregas, Kovacic, Pedro, Morata
Not available:
Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Lindeloef, Shaw, Matic, Fellaini, Pogba, Martial, Sanchez, Lukaku
Subs: Romero, Bailly, Pereira, Young, Fred, McTominay, Mata, Martial, Rashford
Injured: Rojo, Herrera, Lingard
Doubtful: Herrera
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Chelsea This Season Man United This Season
2nd League Position 8th
6 (3) Wins (away) 4 (2)
3 – 0 v Southampton Biggest Win 2 – 0 v Burnley
2 (1) Draws (away) 1 (0)
Biggest Defeat 0 – 3 Spurs
Hazard (7) Top Goal Scorer Lukaku (4)
Y5, R0 Discipline Y13, R2
1 Failures to Score 1
50% Clean Sheets 12.5%
50% Both Teams to Score Games 75%
62.5% Over 2.5 Goals 75%
37.5% Under 2.5 Goals 25%
  • United have had poor defensive displays, managing just one clean sheet. Their misfiring Romelu Lukaku has not netted in the last five matches in a Man United jersey despite having a tally of four goals.
  • Hazard is the League’s top scorer while Giroud is the League’s top assist with four assists so far.
  • In the 54 competitive matches in this fixture, Chelsea have won twenty two while United have won fifteen with the 17 matches ending in a draw.
  • A win for Mourinho’s men puts them higher on the top half of the table, while a win for Chelsea keeps them in pace at the top of the table. A truce would be a fair and decent for both teams.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
19/04/2018 FA Cup Chelsea 1 – 0 Man United Hazard 22’
25/02/2018 EPL Man United 2 – 1 Chelsea Willian 32’
05/11/2017 EPL Chelsea 1 – 0 Man United Morata 55′
16/04/2017 EPL Man United 2 – 0 Chelsea Rashford 7’
13/03/2017 FA Cup Chelsea 1 – 0 Man United Kante 51’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

The last five encounters between these giants have led to a home win on each occasion. You wouldn’t write that result off here with Chelsea looking strong and the game being played at Stamford Bridge.

United showed immense resilience to come back from two goals down against Newcastle and in the second half of that match it looked like the United of old. The suspicion is though that Jose is likely to revert back to his defensive game. This is a vital week for United’s season with Juventus the next opponents in mid-week and a tricky visit by Everton next weekend.

All things considered we feel the winning margin is the safest bet. If you fancy Manchester United to sneak a 1 goal win you can get odds of 11/2. A more likely scenario is Chelsea to win the game by one goal at 13/5. Whether you agree or disagree, 888sport offer great value odds for football.