The Premier League is finally back and Chelsea will face Manchester United at Old Trafford, as it’s their first game of the season. These two teams have been rivals for years and have dominated the recent era of English football, a fixture that gets all the fans from different teams glued to their seat.

It is the start of a new era for Chelsea as Frank Lampard is their new manager. Chelsea have had a transfer ban and have lost their best player in Eden Hazard. But there are plenty of youngsters with great talent that can prove a point this season. As fans we all wanted to see the youth players getting a chance and it’s their time to shine.

Manchester United have been quite busy in the transfer market this season. They have strengthened their defence from last season by buying Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace and Harry Maguire from Leicester City. However, they failed to replace Lukaku and Herrera as they both have left Manchester United.

A Super Sunday clash between these two teams have always been a fascinating game and I am sure it will be another Premier League classic. Both teams will want to start the season by winning their first game so it will be a very close game come this Sunday.

Previous Meeting

Manchester United drew with Chelsea in their last outing against them at home. Both teams needed three points in order to fight for top 4. Former Chelsea player Juan Mata gave United the lead. Minutes later a David De Gea error lead to a Chelsea goal as Marcos Alonso was in the right place at the right time to bring the blues level. The 1-1 draw was a good result for the Blues as they went on to get top 4 and ended up 3rd in the league.

Stats

  • Manchester United have won just two of their last 13 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (W2 D6 L5) but are unbeaten in six home games against them in the competition (W2 D4 L0)
  • Chelsea have only lost one (Burnley at home in 2017) of our last 20 opening weekend fixtures in the Premier League (16 wins, three draws). Our previous opening day defeat was at Highfield Road against Coventry in 1998.
  • Chelsea and Manchester United lock horns on the opening weekend for the fifth occasion. The most recent at Stamford Bridge in 2004 was Jose Mourinho’s first match in charge of the Blues when Eidur Gudjohnsen scored the only goal. The other three were all at Old Trafford in the fifties – 1952 (lost 0-2), 1953 (drew 1-1) and 1958 (lost 2-5).

Press conference

‘It’s two huge clubs who have had huge success in the last 20 years. We have the same idea we want to be successful and up our game again slightly. It’s huge for us both.’

Frank Lampard in his pre-match press conference

Youth is an important part of the squad this year and he is expecting the younger players to deliver this season. The door is open for them and he wants to see them do it.

Team News

Chelsea: N’Golo Kante is fit but Lampard will assess how match fit he is. Willian is not fit as he only returned after winning the Copa America a month ago. Rudiger is training but won’t start as he is not match fit.

Manchester United: Pogba is fit to start after missing the final pre-season friendly against AC Milan. Eric Bailly is out for a long spell with a knee injury while Alexis Sanchez will be out with a hamstring injury.

Predicted Lineups

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Pogba, McTominay; James, Lingard, Martial; Rashford

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Pulisic, Giroud

Premier League 
Manchester United vs Chelsea
Sunday 11th August 2019
Old Trafford
Kick off: 4:30pm UK Time

UP THE CHELS!

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