Premier League leaders Chelsea will look to extend their lead at the top of the table against a Man United side playing their first league game since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last weekend.
Chelsea host Manchester United in a huge Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in a game between two sides who have had contrasting fortunes this season.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have had an outstanding season so far and top the Premier League after winning nine of their first 12 league games and another win here will maintain their three point lead over Manchester City.
Man United will be playing their first league game since sackingOle Gunnar Solskjaer after last Saturday’s shocking 4-1 loss to Watford, with Michael Carrick taking temporary charge in the dugout, and a win here would be a huge lift as they look to close the gap on the top four.
Both sides were in Champions League action on Tuesday and confirmed their places in the knockout stages of the competition with a game to spare – Chelsea defeated Juventus4-0 at home, while the Red Devils secured a 2-0 victory at Villarreal.
The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge back in February – the same result in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
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Thomas Tuchel once again has a few injury worries following the Juventus game and could be without up to four players for the visit of Man United on Sunday.
N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell were both substituted on Tuesday after picking up knee injuries and will have to be assessed ahead of this weekend, while Kai Havertz could return after picking up a thigh injury against Leicester last weekend.
Romelu Lukaku was fit enough to make the bench in midweek but could start on Sunday, although Mateo Kovacic (thigh) remains out.
Michael Carrick could be boosted by the returns of Edinson Cavani (tendon) and Luke Shaw (concussion) against Chelsea, after both missed out against Villarreal to continue their recovery.
Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba (both thigh) are still unavailable, while Mason Greenwood will continue to self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19. Harry Maguire begins his suspension after being dismissed against Watford last time out.
Chelsea last five (all comps): WWDWW
Man United last five (all comps): WDLLW
Chelsea: Havertz (thigh), Kovacic (thigh), Kante (knee), Chilwell (knee)
Man United: Varane (thigh), Cavani (tendon), Pogba (thigh), Shaw (concussion), Greenwood (Covid-19)
Thomas Tuchel has had a remarkable record since being appointed Chelsea manager earlier this year and this season, the Blues have really kicked on and mounted an impressive title charge so far.
Chelsea sit top of the Premier League after nine wins, two draws and one defeat from their opening 12 games and swept aside Juventus 4-0 in midweek to sit top of their Champions League group and advance to the knockout stages.
30 goals scored and just four conceded in the league speaks for itself and the Chelsea train doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
United can bounce back
The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era has finally come to an end after a poor start to the season for the Red Devils, who have a squad that should be more than capable of challenging at the top this season.
Michael Carrick is in temporary charge and began with a good 2-0 victory over Villarreal in midweek to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League, and now they must turn up again this weekend in the league.
Chelsea are miles ahead of where United are at the moment but this squad is capable of turning things around. It’s time for the players to step up and prove their doubters wrong.