Can Terry keep Rooney quiet?

Last updated: February 5, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWDDW
Away form: WWLWD
Last season: 1-0
Competition: The Premier League

Chelsea to host Manchester United in the last match of the 25th round in The Premier League. The Blues are lying in 14th place of the standings, while Manchester United are 5th. To continue, we will highlight the battle between Chelsea’s defender John Terry and United’s forward Wayne Rooney. The 35-year-old Terry played his 700th match for The Blues against Everton and even scored a late equalizer. He is still performing at top level. Wayne Rooney just can’t stop scoring. He put his name on the score-sheet 7 times in United’s last 7 games. Can John Terry keep United’s star quiet for 90 minutes?

The Blues are still unbeaten since Guus Hiddink was appointed as manager. Moreover, Chelsea won 4 of their last 6 games. They secured their place in the 1/8 finals of The FA Cup after victories over Scunthorpe and MK Dons. In addition, The Blues earned a point at Old Trafford, finishing with a 0-0 draw against Man United in the previous meeting between these two teams.

On the other hand, The Red Devils finally ‘showed their real face’. Manchester United smashed Stoke City 3-0 at home in the last Premiership round. Lingard opened in the 14th minute. Then Anthony Martial doubled the advance for United in the 23rd minute and Rooney sunk Stoke’s ambitions of taking a point in the second half, by scoring to make it 3-0.

Team News

The Colombian attacker Radamel Falcao is close to his return to the pitch, but he is still not ready to play. Falcao has scored 1 goal in 9 matches.

Ashley Young of Manchester United is suffering from a pelvis injury. The Englishman has recorded 16 Premier League appearances this season.

Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Rojo are also injured for The Red Devils. Valencia will surely miss all the remaining games of the season.

The youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is expected to start again for Man United. The 19-year-old defender made an assist in the last Premiership match.

Quotes of the week

guus hiddink Guus Hiddink (Chelsea) : “I like very much the way John is playing and is committed to the team.”

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “It will be good for Rooney and good for me because when he scores we win.”

Expected line-ups:

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois, Terry, Zouma, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard, Matic, Willian, Diego Costa.
Subs Begovic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Baba, Traore, Remy, Cahill.
Injured: Falcao.
Not available:
Man United (4-4-2): De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Carrick, Lingard, Fellaini, Mata, Martial, Rooney.
Subs Romero, Pereira, McNair, Varela, Herrera, Memphis, Schneiderlin.
Injured: Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Valencia, Jones, Young, Rojo.
Not available:

So far this season

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Chelsea this season Manchester United this season
14 League Position 5
4 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 6 (5)
3-0 vs. Crystal Palace Biggest win 3-0 vs. Everton, Sunderland and Stoke
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (3)
4 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (4)
0-3 to Man City Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Diego Costa (8) Top scorer Rooney (7)
Diego Costa, Fabregas, Willian (3) Assist Leader Mata, Rooney, Martial (3)
Y38, R3 Discipline Y40, R0
5 Failures to score 8
7 Clean Sheets 12
13 Both Teams to Score Games 9
15 Over 2.5 Games 12
9 Under 2.5 Games 12
  • Chelsea won last season’s game at Stamford Bridge between The Blues and Man United 1-0. Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute.
  • The last time The Red Devils won an away game against Chelsea was on 28th October 2012. The final score was 3-2 in United’s favour.
  • Chelsea haven’t lost a home Premier League game since 5th December 2015, when The Blues lost 1-0 to Bournemouth with a late Murray goal.
  • Chelsea have been drawing at half and full time in their last 3 home Premiership matches. Their visit to Man United was no exception (0-0).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
28/12/15 The Premier League Man United 0-0 Chelsea
18/04/15 The Premier League Chelsea 1-0 Man United Hazard 38′
26/10/14 The Premier League Man United 1-1 Chelsea Drogba 53′
11/05/14 The Premier League Chelsea 3-1 Man United S. Eto’o 17′
19/10/13 The Premier League Man United 0-0 Chelsea