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Manchester United vs Chelsea: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :December 4, 2023 at 3:19 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:12 AM
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The Red Devils haven’t lost to the Blues in last six games across all competitions

After beating Everton 3-0 last week, Manchester United looked like they were getting back on track, but now things are becoming more difficult. They drew from the winning position against Galatasaray and lost against Newcastle United in the last game. Manchester United are currently 7th in the table with eight wins and six losses from 14 games. With the Champions League spot gap stretched to five points, they need to step up in the race.

Chelsea are slowly showing their class under Mauricio Pochettino and things are starting to go smoothly. The recent big performances against Brighton, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur indicate a positive move for them going forward, even though consistency is still a big issue. Despite being reduced to 10 men in their last match against Brighton, they won, proving Pochettino’s players’ growing confidence.

Kick-Off:

Thursday, 7 December 2023 at (1:45 AM IST)

Location: Old Trafford, Manchester United

Form:

Manchester United (in all competitions): L-W-W-D-L

Chelsea (in all competitions): W-W-D-L-W

Player to Watch

Raheem Sterling (Chelsea)

Raheem Sterling arrived with a big prize tag last season and had a below-average season, but this season he has looked really great. With Jackson and Palmer combining with Sterling in attack, Sterling has looked really lethal. Especially with Conor Gallagher suspended Sterling is going to be a key player for Chelsea in this game. He has scored five goals so far and has been their leader in attack.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Marcus Rashford Manchester United
Marcus Rashford has scored just twice in the Premier League this season

This season, United’s struggles have been largely attributed to Marcus Rashford’s poor form. He scored just twice and has looked out of place in most games. While Rashford was the team’s leader last season, all the hype has gone to waste now. He knows how to get through tough times and will be determined to break the shackles and regain his form.

Match Facts

  • Manchester United haven’t lost to Chelsea in last six games all competitions 
  • Chelsea are 10th in the table at the moment 
  • Manchester United have lost three games at home from seven games so far in the league 

Injury and Team News

Manchester United have struggled with injuries since the start of this season and the story is still the same. Casemiro, Eriksen, Evans, Martinez, Mount and Malacia are all injured and still unavailable for this game.

Chelsea have an even longer injury list and Gallagher’s suspension has added another name to the absence list. Chilwell, Chukwuemeka, Nkunku, Gusto, Benttinelli, Lavia, Chalobah, Fofana are injured and unavailable while Gallagher will be absent due to a red card in the last game.

Head to Head (Last 37 games)

Manchester United- 13

Chelsea- 11

Draw- 13

Predicted Lineup

Manchester United Predicted lineup:

Onana; Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Mainoo; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund

Chelsea Predicted lineup:

Sanchez; Disasi, Silva, Badiashile, Colwill; Caicedo, Fernandez; Palmer, Mudryk, Sterling; Jackson

Match Prediction for Manchester United vs Chelsea

Manchester United and Chelsea are both in similar situations at the moment. Though United are higher than Chelsea in the points table, their situation is also critical. They are struggling with injuries and inconsistency has hampered them throughout. We expect a tight clash and probably a draw between these evenly-matched sides.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea

Telecast

India – Star Sports, Disney+ Hotstar

UK – Sky Sports, TNT Sports, Amazon Prime Video

US –  NBC, USA Network, Peacock

Nigeria – SuperSport, NTA, Canal+ Afrique

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