Happy Friday to Chelsea fans across the world. After a draw of rather mixed emotions vs Sevilla at Stamford Bridge this Tuesday, Chelsea travel to Manchester to face the red half of the city this Saturday in Game 6 of the Premier league. One common denominator to note is that both teams have been struggling to get a string of consistent results to this point in the season. Manchester United sit at 15th in the Premier league table having lost two games to Crystal Palace and Tottenham respectively managed to turn it around with a 4-1 win over Newcastle last week. They also walk into this fixture with a 2-1 win over last seasons Champions league runners up PSG and one can assume that they will be confident of beating Chelsea. The pressure is mounting up for both Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjær as both managers I am sure will treat this as a must win encounter for their performance in the league. Who will come out the winner? It’s all up for grabs at Old Trafford on Saturday
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea – Time to Wake Up?
Chelsea currently sit at 8th in the table after two wins, two draws and a loss vs the Champions. In a better position than Manchester United for sure, but performances have been par or below, especially in Defence. Last week’s draw vs Southampton saw Timo Werner put two past Alex Mccarthy and a wonderfully crafted goal which saw fellow German Kai Havertz net his first Premier league goal. On the other end, our defence was not able to compliment the flair of our attacking unit as we conceded three very silly goals, all arising out of errors, a recurring theme which Frank Lampard has not been able to fix for now. However, against Sevilla, we saw a very resolute defensive performance as Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy made their return back to the squad. Our attack fell short as chance after chance went begging to go into the net. The task for Frank Lampard will be to find the balance between attack and defence to get both working together as a cohesive unit. I think its time the team started putting up noteworthy performances before its too late. I trust Frank Lampard and the team to echo my sentiments on the pitch vs Manchester United tomorrow
Head to Head
Manchester United have the upper hand in the league at Old Trafford. Chelsea have not won away at Old Trafford since 2013 when former blue put one past Anders Lindegaard in the 87th minute. Our last victory against Manchester United was during the Conte era where Alvaro Morata’s stunning header left De Gea standing. Our last victory against United was the 3-1 FA Cup Semi final recently and that game will be fresh on Ole Gunnar’s mind ahead of Saturday’s premier league clash. Frank Lampard will be looking to break the 7 year long streak with a new team full of flair and attacking intent.
Ones to Watch! – Manchester United
Marcus Rashford was the proverbial thorn in Chelsea’s side last season. The forward has scored 4 goals in all competitions against Chelsea last season including a stunning free kick in the Carabao cup last season. He has started well in the Premier league scoring twice and assisting twice in 4 games. It will be a tough task for either Reece James or Cesar Azpilicueta to contain the threat of the forward and it will be one of the keys to success against Manchester United.
The Portuguese playmaker will be one pulling the strings upfront for the Reds and it is one player the Chelsea defence will be aware of the threat Bruno poses in the final third, especially on the break as he looks to find one of Marcus Rashford or Mason Greenwood on the flanks. The playmaker has had a good start to the Premier league recording 3 goals and 2 assists in 4 appearances. I expect N’Golo Kante to be the key man to keep Bruno Fernandes at bay from dictating the tempo of the United attack.
Frank Lampard’s side have no reported injury worries as of writing the article. Billy Gilmour will miss out the game and will only be available post the International break. Frank has mentioned that Billy ‘Will be fit to start in the next 2-3 weeks’ and I expect him to get some minutes with the development squad before he is ready to start.
Eric Bailly is ruled out for 3/4 weeks with a muscle injury. Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood along with new signing Edinson Cavani are all fit and available for selection. The trio were ruled out for the last game against PSG citing minor injuries and lack of match fitness in the case of Edinson Cavani. Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones will not be available for selection with injury worries. Donny Van De Beek and Alex Telles are expected to feature against Chelsea. Anthony Martial will be suspended for the game.
Can Chelsea beat Manchester United?
I think Frank Lampard’s men will come out as the winners. In the last two games, we saw individually what our attack and defence are capable of. I believe that Frank will find the balance against United and we will be able to witness the squad as a cohesive unit. I believe the game will be won at Midfield and Chelsea need to make sure they play out of the United press and keep creating chances against this Manchester United side who are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league. I predict Chelsea to win 2-0 with goals from Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic.
Manchester United vs Chelsea
Old Trafford, Greater Manchester
Referee – Martin Atkinson
Kick off – 4 PM BST