Chelsea vs. Man Utd – PREVIEW

Chelsea vs. Man Utd – PREVIEW

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Guus Hiddink is looking for his side to get back to winning ways as Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (16:00 GMT KO).

The Blues could only force a 0-0 draw at Watford on Wednesday night as a brilliant save from Heurelho Gomes right at the death meant that Chelsea could only move up to 13th in table.

United currently sit in fifth, five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, after suffering an extremely up and down season thus far. However, a comprehensive 3-0 win over Stoke on Tuesday night has done much to ease the pressure on under-fire boss Louis van Gaal.

Earlier this season at Old Trafford, Chelsea drew 0-0 with the Reds in an end-to-end encounter, during which both goalkeepers were worked but neither side could force a winner.

 

Last six games:

Chelsea: WDDWWD (includes two FA Cup game).

Manchester United: WDWLWW (includes one FA Cup game).

 

Team News:

– Eden Hazard could start after returning to the bench against Watford on Wednesday.

– Pedro is a doubt after picking up a groin problem.

– Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are still both injured.

– New signings A;exandre Pato and Matt Miazga both lack match fitness.

– The Reds are still without Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea are unbeaten in their last nine league and cup games against Manchester United (W5, D4).

– United have won just one Premier League game at Stamford Bridge since 2002.

– There have been four red cards shown in the last five Premier League games meetings at Stamford Bridge.

– Guus Hiddink’s side are unbeaten in eight league games (W3, D5) – the longest streak in the top flight.

– Defeat would leave Manchester United with their lowest points tally (40 points) at this stage of a Premier League season.

– Wayne Rooney has been involved in eight of the Red Devils’ last 10 league goals, scoring five goals and registering three assists.

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (away vs. Watford, drew 0-0): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Willian, Mikel, Fabregas, Oscar, Costa.

Manchester United (home vs. Stoke, won 3-0): de Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Fellaini, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney.