STAR PREVIEW: Chelsea v Man U

On the opening day of the season, Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0, which provided the perfect start to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s season and the worst possible start to Frank Lampard’s time in the Chelsea hot-seat, but the Blues can take revenge in the EFL Cup tonight.

Fast forward two months from that 4-0 defeat and the two clubs have gone in different directions, with Frank Lampard’s patience rewarded fantastically by a group of exceptionally promising young players.

Since a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League, Chelsea have won seven fixtures on the bounce in all competitions including a 1-0 win at last season’s semi-finalists Ajax. The League Cup is not going to be as high on the priorities for the list for Lampard but Chelsea have a lot of depth due to years of activity in the transfer market and the hosts will not be short of choices.

Chelsea’s 7 goals against Grimsby in the last round included contributions from Ross Barkley, Michy Batshuayi (2), Pedro, Kurt Zouma, and Callum Hudson-Odoi, whilst Christian Pulisic, who has been outstanding over the last week, also started that game. Indeed Lampard also had Jorginho, Mason Mount, and Tammy Abraham on the bench here and it’s hard to see him taking this fixture any less seriously.

Chelsea v Man Utd
Carabao Cup 4th Round
20:05 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2000)
AUG 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester 4-0 Chelsea
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
FEB 2019 FA CUP Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United
OCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United
MAY 2018 FA CUP Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
FEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea
NOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
APR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea
MAR 2017 FA CUP Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
OCT 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United
FEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United

Manchester United have appeared to turn a corner in recent weeks, having played better than Liverpool in a 1-1 draw before a win in the Europa League at Partizan Belgrade and then an impressive 3-1 success against Norwich. The return of Anthony Martial has helped immensely, but much will depend on their team selection. It doesn’t help that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be able to call upon Paul Pogba, who was crucial to United’s victory in the FA Cup here last season, or Luke Shaw at fullback, and there are still worries about their form on the road – their win against Norwich was only their 2nd in 13 games since March.

In any case, this Chelsea side has improved a great deal and regardless of the team that United put out should feel confident of being able to put the same pressure on them that other teams have, and they have the quality to overcome United in 90 minutes tonight.

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