Expected outcome: Man Utd 3 – 2 Chelsea
Two teams who are building for the future are up against each other in this week’s fixture to a lookout. They both finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the PL last season.
Manchester United didn’t have the brightest of the start in the PL campaign. The players lacked fitness, and it has taken some time for them to find their feet in a season which is dominated by mistakes by the defense. United’s punished for being careless by Tottenham when they scored six past United’s defense. Ever since that game, United are on a two-win streak. One of the biggest pluses for United is that they put on a reliable defensive performance against PSG in their UCL opening day fixture. One can hope that United carry on that confidence and put on reliable defensive performance.
Chelsea isn’t significant in their defense as well. They have had two 3-3 draws. What is more interesting is that in those two draws is that both have come against the bottom half sides. Chelsea, who spent heavily this summer on transfers, has all the players available in a long time. Like United, they will be happy with their performance against Sevilla midweek. They drew 0 – 0 against Sevilla Chelsea captain Cesar Azpiliceutta said before the game that the side has to score more goals to compensate for the defensive fragility.
United have some serious concerns when it comes to the absence of players. Captain Maguire is still a doubt for the game. Defender Bailly is out for three weeks, at least. And Striker Martial would be serving his domestic suspension for a red card which he received against spurs. The significant boost is Axel Tuanzebe, who did a great job against Paris, stopping Mbappe, Neymar, and Di Maria. Pogba, Fred, and McTominay are all in good form and are fighting for a place in the starting 11 and is a healthy headache for Ole.
Chelsea has all their players fit for the first team this season in PL. Ziyech played a considerable number of minutes midweek. Pulisic is back. Chelsea might start all of their summer recruitments for the first time. Timo Werner scored twice and assisted once in their 3-3 draw. Kai Havertz also scored in that game. One of the biggest plus for Chelsea is that the availability of Mendy, who has been relatively decent in the games he played, which is more than enough for Chelsea considering how they have been conceding goals when Kepa was in between the sticks.
United Vs Chelsea this season is going to be the battle of special attacks as well as the battle of the defense. United had tremendous success against Chelsea last season, although Chelsea had the last laugh in the FA cup semi-final. Both teams are equal in terms of quality.
United might find the victory this time around because they have been outstanding in the last two games. From the record and current form, this game promises to be a great contest to watch out for this weekend