Chelsea will welcome Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United as the giants of English football come face-to-face in the battle of the Stamford Bridge.
Date, Kick-Off Time, And Venue
The game will take place on October 23, 2016, at the home of Chelsea, Stamford Bridge in the West London. The kick-off times for various time zones are provided below.
- U.K. time: 4 p.m
- U.S.A time: 11 a.m.
- Pacific time: 8 a.m.
- Kenyan time: 6 p.m.
- UAE time: 7 p.m.
- Indian time: 8:30 p.m.
- Malaysia time: 11 p.m.
Match Preview and Team News
This will be the first time Jose Mourinho faces Chelsea, as he was sacked from the club 10 months ago. The Portuguese enjoy a warm relation with Chelsea fans, and it will be nice to see how the fans welcome their beloved person.
Meanwhile, Manchester United drew the game against fierce rivals Liverpool last weekend, as the big money signings, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, couldn’t spark life into the Red Devils. While most of the players performed below expectation, naturally, fingers were pointed towards the star duo.
Even Mourinho criticized the pair, saying he expected more from his star players. The outspoken Portuguese football manager went further by warning that no one is indispensable in his team.
In other news, Chelsea won the game against Leicester City 3-0 last weekend, with Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, and Victor Moses finding the back of the net.
Watch all the goals of the game here.
Chelsea could be without Brazilian winger Willian for this game, as he was granted leave following the death of his mother.
Antonio Conte’s much hyped 3-4-3 formation is seems working for the Blues, having won back to back game in the Premier League. So it is very likely Chelsea will field a back three of Azpilicueta, Cahill and Luiz against United.
Defender Kurt Zouma, along with John Obi Mikel and van Ginkel, will miss this game, while Phil Jones will be the only absentee for Manchester United.
Chelsea Predicted Line-Up (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.
Manchester United Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw; Fellaini, Herrera; Mata, Pogba, Lingard; Ibrahimovic.
TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.K., the game will be live on NOW TV UK, BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky Go UK, Sky Sports 1/HD UK, and SKY GO Extra, while in the U.S., the match will be live on SiriusXM FC, NBCSN, NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, and Telemundo.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Head-to-Head (H2H)
In Premier League, Chelsea have met Man United a total of 148 times. United came out on top on 59 occasions, while Chelsea has won 43 games. The remaining 46 matches have ended without a result.
The most recent meeting between Chelsea and Man United came in February, a game that ended in a 1-1 draw. Jesse Lingard had scored for the Red Devils, but an injury time goal from Chelsea hitman Diego Costa salvaged a point for the Blues.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Prediction
This game is a match between two managers, Conte and Mourinho, who are known for their tactical awareness. Hence, it will be interesting to see which of the managers outsmarts another tactically.
Regarding form, Chelsea is having a better time on the pitch as the Blues won back to back league games, both with a clean sheet. While Manchester United is unbeaten in the last five games, it has not won any of the last two games.
Chelsea is a slight favorite to win this game, but keep in mind that Mourinho specializes in winning with the odds against him.
Final Predicted Score: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Betting Tips and Odds
- CHELSEA win: 6/5
- A draw: 23/10
- MANCHESTER UNITED win: 12/5
- Under 2.5 goals: 8/11
- Over 2.5 goals: evens
- Both teams to score: 4/6
- Both teams fail to score: 11/10
Key Stats to consider
- Man United is unbeaten in last five games in all competitions.
- Chelsea has kept clean sheets in last two games, scoring five goals.
- Man United has kept two clean sheets in last three games.
- Against Liverpool, United has just 35 percent possession — the lowest since Jose Mourinho took over at Old Trafford.
(The odds were provided by Paddypower.)
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