Premier League: Chelsea VS Manchester United | Stamford Bridge | 5 PM IST
The Premier League is back in action after the International Break as free-flowing Chelsea host a still-turbulent Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea have been in top form, and the Blues have looked spectacular under their new Coach, while Manchester United despite coming from behind against Newcastle in a tremendous 3 – 2 win at Home, is still not a convincing team, let alone Title Contenders.
Jose Mourinho will be returning to Stamford Bridge where he has won so much with Chelsea, but on the other hand, he’s yet to get a result at the Bridge with Manchester United. It promises to be an exciting encounter with Chelsea looking to keep their momentum going while United will be hoping to get something out of this game.
Three days… 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/W9AF91L90w
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 17, 2018
Team News: Chelsea
Antonio Rudiger has been influential for the Blues at the back, and the German International may not feature against Manchester United after he pulled his groin during the dying minutes of the 3 – 0 win against Southampton. Ethan Ampadu is also sidelined with a knee injury. Up Front Sarri will have to choose between Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata. The Italian Manager has more often than not gone with Giroud as his first choice but considering Morata has scored two goals in his last two appearances may just tip the balance in the Spaniard’s favour.
Predicted XI: Kepa, Alonso, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Barkley, Kante, Hazard, Morata, Pedro
Team News: Manchester United
United are still waiting on the fitness of multiple players. Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, and Scott McTominay are all doubts for the Chelsea game. Marouane Fellaini is most likely ruled out with an apparent Hamstring injury. Diogo Dalot is also a doubt while Marcos Rojo remains a long-term absentee for the Red Devils. Alexis Sanchez has made a case to return to the starting line-up after scoring the last minute winner, bringing back memories of Fergie time.
Predicted XI: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Pogba, Fred, Herrera, Sanchez, Lukaku, Martial
Key Players for Chelsea: Eden Hazard
— 433 (@official433) October 18, 2018
The Belgian has been instrumental for Chelsea and is top of the Premier League goalscoring charts with 7 goals in 8 games. United will have to try to shut the Belgian down or else he may just single-handedly take the game away from them.
Key Players for Manchester United: Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku has now scored 21 goals in his last 18 appearances for Belgium.
• 1 hat-trick
• 6 braces
Belgium's most lethal weapon. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/76LtIWZ5yO
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 12, 2018
Another Belgian makes the Key Player list! Lukaku may be dropping hints of a move to Juventus, but the Belgian is still a United player and is a pretty damn efficient striker. He will be looking to score against former club Chelsea and try to cause an upset.