Manchester United vs Chelsea
English Premier League, England
Date: Sunday, 11th August 2019
Kick off at: 16.30 UK Time
Venue: Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England
Starting their new season at home, Manchester United are gunning for three points on Sunday. However, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men won’t have it easy as they must face Chelsea at Old Trafford Stadium.
Manchester United vs Chelsea Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for their Premier League opening fixture on Sunday. Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting all three points.
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups:De Gea(g);Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw(def);McTominay, Matic, Pogba(att mid); Lingard, Rashford, Martial(Att)
Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1
Probable Lineups: Kepa(g);Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson(def);Kante, Jorginho(mid); Pulisic, Barkley, Pedro(att mid); Giroud (att)
Before heading into this weekend Premier League clash, both teams have been involved in other matches. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWWWW
Man United had a positive preseason winning all of their last five friendly matches. Their latest preparation game was a penalty shoot out victory against AC Milan after drawing 2-2 in normal time.
Solksjaer’s side certainly doesn’t want his players to get over confident as it can cost them. Nevertheless, having that good amount of confidence can certainly help them in facing Frank Lampard’s men.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : LWWWD
The Blues haven’t done too bad either in their preseason with three wins, one draw and one defeat. Their last friendly against Borussia Moenchengladbach only ended in a 2-2 draw, but it’s still a positive test for Lampard’s team.
Playing away from home making things more difficult for Chelsea, but they will try hard in getting positive result. Lampard is expecting a spirited display from his players if they are to get maximum points against United.
Solksjaer doesn’t seem to have much issues with absentees with only Eric Bailly being confirmed out. Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez are doubtful, but should be available in time for that game.
United’s new signings, Harry Maguire and Aron Wan-Bissaka should immediately play from the start. Up front, Man United will still count on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to score goals.
Lampard will have more problems with absentee as Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi along with Loftus-Cheek all still out due to injury. Kante is still in doubt, but he could make it on time for the match.
New arrival, Christian Pulisic should get the nod up front along with Pedro and potentially Olivier Giroud. At the back, Christensen and Kurt Zouma should form a duo partnership in front of Kepa on goal.
Head to Head Records:
In their last five meetings, Man United actually edging their rival with two wins, two draws and one defeat.
Their most recent meeting was in the premier league last season that ended in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
Playing at home, United will be determined in showcasing their fans that they can compete this season. Beating Chelsea won’t be an easy job though as The Blues do have many quality players.
Chelsea themselves will also push for victory, hoping to stun their opponent in this Premier League opener. Man United are slightly favorite to win as the home team, but Chelsea can always surprise.
Final Score: 1-1