8 Things You Need to Know Ahead of Chelsea vs Man. Utd Clash

8 Things You Need to Know Ahead of Chelsea vs Man. Utd Clash

As Jose Mourinho heads to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to take on Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, here are 8 things you need to know:

*The ‘Special One’ returns to his former club for the first time since he became United manager on Sunday October 23.

*Team news:

C H E L S E A
Mourinho will make a late decision over whether to field Willian on Sunday following the death of his mother. Oscar is also a doubt following a family bereavement, while skipper John Terry could return after another full week of training following an ankle injury.

OUT: Defender Branislav Ivanovic (muscle) and Midfielder Cesc Fabregas (thigh) will miss the game, while defender Kurt Zouma is set to return to first-team training next week following his long-term knee injury.

M A N. UTD
Defender Chris Smalling will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge. The England international picked up a minor muscular injury in Thursday’s Europa League victory over Fenerbahce, while playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan is still recovering from a thigh injury.

*Provisional squad:

C H E L S E A
Courtois, Begovic, Alonso, Kante, Oscar, Hazard, Pedro, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Costa, Matic, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Luiz, Eduardo, Aina.

M A N U T D
Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Valencia, Darmian, Bailly, Smalling, Fosu-Mensah, Blind, Shaw, Rojo, Herrera, Fellaini, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Young, Depay, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Rashford, Ibrahimovic, Rooney.

*Predicted line-ups
Chelsea (3-4-3):Courtois, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Matic, Kante, Moses, Hazard, Pedro, Costa.
Man United (4-2-3-1):De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind, Herrera, Fellaini, Young, Pogba, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.

* Stats
-The Blues haven’t lost any of their last seven league games against United (W3 D4).
-United have lost more Premier League fixtures against Chelsea than any other side (16).
-United have won just one of their last eight trips to London.
-The only previous time Jose Mourinho managed an away team at Stamford Bridge was with Inter Milan and on that occasion he knocked the Blues out of the Champions League.

*Previous meetings
Chelsea 3-1 Man United
Man United 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-0 Man United
Man United 0-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-1 Man United

*Key Men

*You can watch the match live on Super Sports 3 at 4pm.

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