PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW

AUTHOR: Lewis Williams

STAR FOOTBALL PREVIEW Thu: Chelsea v Manchester United

Wednesday’s highlight Premier League matchup comes from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea and Manchester United both look to bounce back from their respective Saturday setbacks, writes LEWIS WILLIAMS.

Chelsea’s fall from grace has coincided with that of the Reds, and now perched in 12th place below the likes of Bournemouth and Wolves, they face a chasm of 19 points between themselves and an automatic spot in the Champions League which they won just three years ago.

If Manchester United were ‘bruised’ against Brentford, Chelsea were surely broken against Burnley where the Blues conceded two goals against 10 men at home to 19th-place Clarets.

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Chelsea v Manchester United
Premier League
Stamford Bridge
20.15

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches – 10 years)
DEC 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea
MAY 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 4-1 Chelsea
OCT 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
APR 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
NOV 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
FEB 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United
OCT 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea
JUL 2020 FA CUP Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea
FEB 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United
OCT 2019 EFL CUP Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United

The home fans would’ve thought they were weighed in after Assignon’s red card gifted what looked to be a winning penalty that Cole Palmer put away nicely.

However, Poch’s men grew complacent against the 10 men side and let Josh Cullen have his own way on the edge of the box to give the away side their first, and let Dara O’Shea run rings around the Chelsea backline in a corner to provide a last-ditch equaliser, invalidating Cole Palmer’s winning goal just three minutes prior.

I’d go as far as to say Burnley should’ve won that match and it was a bitterly unfortunate header by Jay Rodriguez that had Petrovic beat but just clipped the crossbar.

Gallagher and Caicedo were nowhere near their best that day, and it feels like there’s more chance of Disasi scoring from 40 yards than Chelsea finishing in the top half this season.

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Five days after their west London catastrophe, and just three days until a potential title decider against Liverpool, Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge bruised after a dismal display against Brentford where they created just 0.50 Expected Goals, compared to the 2.67 of the Bees. This firmly brought United fans back down to Earth after their cup elation versus Liverpool. Still, though, they nearly nicked it at the death.

There are parallels between now and December though, as it was a similar display against Newcastle back then with 0.38 Expected Goals that prompted their mind blowing 4.11 fantastic display against Chelsea subsequently, so it’s clear that ten Hag’s men can switch on as easily as they can switch off. A similar thing happened at West Ham before their 3-2 win over Villa.

A hamstring injury on Lindelof and potentially Varane since Saturday has seriously dented the away side’s defensive hopes and it’s likely that Harry Maguire will return to the starting lineup and there’s even a chance that 19 year-old Frenchman Willy Kambwala could make an appearance.

VERDICT
United went off a 13/8 chance in the reverse fixture and at ? with starsports.bet I just can’t write off a team that seems to flick the lights back on as quickly as they switch off, especially against a Chelsea that unforgivably conceded two goals to 10 men against a 19th placed Burnley just five days ago.


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