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MATCH PREVIEW: Chelsea vs Manchester United

Chelsea vs Manchester United

Barclays Premier League

Sunday 19 January, 2014

16:00 KO (BST)

Stamford Bridge, London (41,837)

Chelsea - Stamford Bridge

Chelsea (3rd)

Man United are Man United. We play against the champions. We play Manchester United, not a team 11 points behind the leaders. I’ve played many big matches and this is what my experience tells me. A team that appears to be in the most difficulty can be the most dangerous.” – Jose Mourinho.

Starting XI from: Petr Cech, Mark Schwarzer; Ashley Cole, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, John Terry, David Luiz; Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Nemanja Matic, Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurlle; Demba Ba, Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o

Doubts: Frank Lampard (muscle)

Unavailable: Branislav Ivanovic (knee), Marco van Ginkel (knee)

Goals scored: 40

Goal conceded: 19

Top scorer: Eden Hazard (9)

Most assists: Eden Hazard (5)

Home record: P10 W9 D1 L0 F22 A8 Pts28

Home form: W D W W W W


United (7th)

I respect him (Mourinho) for the success he has had and the way he has managed his clubs. He is one of the best modern-day managers and might go on to be one of the greatest. They’re a good team and we’ll do everything we can to win the game. We had a tight game at Old Trafford.” – David Moyes.

We have been in these situations before and sometimes in bigger games you really come together and it brings out your best performances as well because you are really focused and you are really intent on proving people wrong.” – Darren Fletcher.

By the end of January and start of February we will show what our position is and what our capability is in the Premier League. This is an important time for us and we all want to do well.” – Nemanja Vidic.

Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Rafael da Silva, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj, Wilfried Zaha, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa; Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez

Doubts: Phil Jones (knee), Jonny Evans (back), Rio Ferdinand (knee)

Unavailable: Nani (hamstring), Marouane Fellaini (wrist), Ashley Young (shoulder), Robin van Persie (thigh), Wayne Rooney (groin), Fabio da Silva (suspension)

Goals scored: 35

Goals conceded: 24

Top scorer: Wayne Rooney (9)

Most assists: Wayne Rooney (9)

Away record: P10 W6 D2 L2 F21 A14 Pts20

Away form: W D D W W W

Record at Stamford Bridge: P78 W33 D20 L25 F133 A115


Last five meetings at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 1-0 United (01-04-13) FA

Chelsea 5-4 United (31-10-12) LC

Chelsea 2-3 United (28-10-12) PL

Chelsea 3-3 United (05-02-12) PL

Chelsea 0-1 United (06-04-11) ECL



Referee: Phil Dowd.

The 50-year-old official has taken charge of 14 Premier League matches this season, brandishing 63 yellow cards. He has yet to send a player off or award a penalty. Was last seen by United fans at Carrow Road, where United beat Norwich 1-0 at the end of December.

Assistants: M Mullarkey, S Ledger.

Fourth Official: Lee Probert.

Phil Dowd - Referee


Chelsea are unbeaten in 5 games against United.

United have never beaten a Jose Mourinho-managed side away from home (D4 L3).

In fact, the Reds have only won 2 of 17 matches against the current Chelsea manager.

United have never scored a goal at Stamford Bridge with Mourinho at the Chelsea helm.

Wayne Rooney needs one goal to equal Bobby Charlton’s club-record 10 goals vs Chelsea.

United have rescued 10 points from losing positions in the league so far – only Chelsea (14) have a better record.

Chelsea have come from behind to win 4 matches this season – the most in the Premier League.

A Chelsea win will mark Jose Mourinho’s 100th victory in the Premier League.

United’s record against teams in the top half of the table this season is poor – just 2 wins, 3 draws, and 5 defeats.

Danny Welbeck has scored 6 goals in his last 6 Premier League appearances.



Chelsea 8/11 Draw 11/4 United 7/2

RedMancunian predictions

Jack (@jackkholt): Chelsea 1-0 United

Sam (@CenterSneak): Chelsea 2-1 United

Craig (@CraigNorwood): Chelsea 1-1 United

Jay (@RFFH): Chelsea 3-5 United

Andy (@andy_thomo): Chelsea 3-0 United

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By Jack Holt

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3 replies on “MATCH PREVIEW: Chelsea vs Manchester United”

Man u need a win on Sunday at Stanford bridge. Every Man united fan wants to see Wilfried Zaha perform, so the manager have to do something about that.

Ha ha ha.. Jay should be really hoping a best for a 5-3 win for united. By the look of things and analyzing the past3-5 matches, sadly, I would predict a 5-0 loss for united… 🙁

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