EPL: Chelsea Vs Manchester United - Preview, team news and predicted line-ups

Chelsea take on Manchester United in a crucial game week 9 encounter.

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Bengaluru, Oct 23: Jose Mourinho returns home tonight as Chelsea FC take on Manchester United at the Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United manager Mourinho, who was sacked by the Blues midseason last year will be back at Stamford Bridge first time in 1 year.

Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho (Image courtesy: Twitter)

Chelsea are on a high at the moment as they had picked up a comfortable win over Leicester City last week. Antonio Conte has deployed brand new tactics and playing a 3-4-3 formation. The Blues are placed in the 5th position in the league table.

Manchester United, on other hand, have had a tough start to the season so far. They are placed at the 7th position in the league table.


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It will be interesting to see if Antonio Conte would change the winning combination and bring Brazilian duo Willian and Oscar who were out of the squad last week. 

Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic have been ruled out of action due to injury.

Jose Mourinho took a defensive approach as they took on Liverpool last game week. Ashley Young started ahead of Juan Mata.

Considering the magnitude of this match, the Portuguese manager is likely to maintain the same starting XI. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is yet to gain full fitness as Mourinho suggested that he need to train more to gain match fitness.


Predicted line-ups

Chelsea (3-4-3)

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, David Luiz

Midfielders: Victor Moses, N'Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Alonso

Strikers: Pedro, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard

Chelsea FC predicted line-up formation

Manchester United (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

Defenders: Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind

Midfielders: Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini; Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Ashley Young

Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United predicted line-up formation


Prediction

Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United

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