Chelsea host Man Utd tomorrow in what is the Premier League’s game of the weekend. This will be the first time ex blues manager Jose Mourinho visits Stamford Bridge since his sacking 10 months ago.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of reception Jose gets after some Chelsea fans were disappointed to see the back of the ‘Special One’.
Antonio Conte’s men have won there last two games after switching to a three-defender formation and are playing well after the two defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal last month.
Chelsea could be without Willian, as he was granted leave following the death of his mother.
John Terry has fully recovered from the ankle injury that has kept him out of Chelsea’s games since the 2-2 draw at Swansea City, although he is unlikely to force his way back into the starting line-up following the success of Conte’s 3-4-3 system which sees Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta play at the back.
Defender Kurt Zouma, along with John Obi Mikel and van Ginkel, will miss this game, while Phil Jones will be the only absentee for Man Utd.
PREDICTED LINE UPS
Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.
Man Utd (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw; Fellaini, Herrera; Mata, Pogba, Lingard; Ibrahimovic.
The latest betting odds for Chelsea see them as slight favourites to take victory going into the game. The blues having won there last two games and have an excellent head to head record against the Red Devils in the past few seasons.
Both Conte and Mourinho prefer a defensive approach so another low scoring game could be on the cards here.
Odds via SkyBet (at time of post)
Chelsea to win: 23/20
Manchester United to win: 5/2
LAST 6 GAMES
Provided by Opta
Chelsea are undefeated in their last 10 matches against Manchester United in all competitions.
Manchester United have lost more Premier League fixtures against Chelsea than any other side (16).
Of those 16 Chelsea wins against Manchester United, five were recorded by Jose Mourinho, more than any other boss for the Blues.
Jose Mourinho lost just one league game at Stamford Bridge between 2004/05 and 2014/15 (W76 D21). He then lost four of his final eight games there in 2015/16 (W3 D1).
The only time in his career Mourinho has managed an opposition side at Stamford Bridge was with Inter Milan in March 2010, knocking out Chelsea in the Champions League.
David Luiz has twice scored against Manchester United in the Premier League but his only own goal is against the Red Devils.
Wayne Rooney has gone six Premier League games without scoring against Chelsea, this after converting two penalties against them in February 2012.
Manchester United have won just one of their last eight Premier League trips to London (W1 D3 L4).
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored against Chelsea in both of his appearances against them last season in the Champions League.
After scoring with four of his first 15 shots in the Premier League, Ibrahimovic has failed to find the net with any of his last 26 in the competition.
Diego Costa has scored seven times in his opening eight league games this season. Only two Chelsea players have scored more goals in their first eight matches of a campaign – Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in 2001/02 (8) and Diego Costa himself in 2014/15 (9).
This season, Jose Mourinho has registered his lowest points total (14) after his first eight league games with a new club since his stint with Uniao de Leiria (10 points).
Since his debut in August 2012, Eden Hazard has scored more Premier League goals than any other midfielder in the competition (44).
Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd
With neither side having a great deal to fight for by February of last season, Chelsea and United drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge, with Diego Costa cancelling out Jesse Lingard’s opener late on.
IS THE GAME ON TV?
In the UK, the game will be live Sky Sports 1/HD, while in the U.S., the match will be live on SiriusXM FC, NBCSN, NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, and Telemundo.
Chelsea 2-1 Man Utd
We can’t see there being much between the two sides, we think Diego Costa will continue his rich vein of form to score and Eden Hazard to get the other.