SUPER SUNDAY! Chelsea Vs Man United: 9 Things You Should Know
English top football clubs returns with more excitement after the international break.
Top of the weekend fixture is the trip to London for Jose Mourinho and his Red Devils. Inconsistent Manchester United will be the visitors Bridge where they will face Chelsea.
The Reds are hoping to kick on from their last outing - a thrilling 3-2 victory against Newcastle United.
Does Mourinho have the right plan to outsmart the impeccable Maurizio Sarri?
Here are 10 things you should know about this clash especially if you choose to bet on it.
1. Manchester United's Injury List Keeps Growing
Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay - were all forced out of international duty due to injury. Diogo Dalot (Portugal Under-21s) and Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) also had limited playing time while away with their respective countries.
Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo have been on the sidelines.
2. Chelsea's Squad Is Very Strong
The Blues have almost a full strength squad ahead of our visit this weekend, with their only major concern surrounding the fitness of defender Antonio Rudiger.
The centre-back was forced to withdraw from the Germany squad with a groin problem.
3. Current Form
Only goal difference has kept the Blues away from the summit of the league table.
Sarri’s men have won six of their eight league games so far this season and are yet to lose in all competitions. In their last fixture, the Blues beat Southampton 3-0.
For United, it's being the worst start to a premier league season.
Placed 8th on the table with just 13 points, Mourihno has been in the hot seat even before the season started.
His chance of turning the tide around received a glimmer of hope as Pogba and company fought back from 2-0 against Newcastle to win 3-2 at Old Trafford.
4. This Battle Is Older Than Nigeria's Amalgamation in 1914
The Reds and the Blues have faced each other 180 times, the very first clash came in 1905.
Chelsea actually have a better record than United over the years, winning 54 of the previous encounters compared to United's 49.
5. The Red-Blue 7 seasons
Between 2005-2011 United and Chelsea were the only teams to win the Premier League.
The Reds won it on four occasions, with the Blues claiming the crown three times.
6. The 'Sarri' Effect
Maurizio Sarri has only one problem with Chelsea fans in Nigeria. He has kept Victor Moses out of the first team and obviously has little or no use for the winger.
Beyond our bias, Sarri is a magician. Like Man City's Pep Guardiola, he allows players flourish like morning roses with their petals bright red even in the rain.
Sarri has United the Chelsea squad and brought back healthy competition in all departments.
7. Who’s The Ref?
Mike Dean will be the man in the middle at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
The official has taken charge of six Premier League games this season, including United’s 2-1 victory against Watford last month.
He will be assisted by Ian Hussin and Darren Cann, while Craig Pawson will be Saturday’s fourth official.
8. Follow The Blue-Red Connection
Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic have played for the Blues, where they were all managed at some stage by Jose Mourinho during his first and second coming.
9. Kick-off Time is 1.30pm (Nigerian Time)
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