Manchester United won 2-0 last time out, and they’ll be looking to carry on that decent form again today, however it’ll be much trickier to get all three points at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten home record still stands, and wouldn’t it be just typical if a struggling United side went there and changed that?
He isn’t the same man as last time round, and Chelsea have looked vulnerable on occasion at home. However in recent weeks they’ve certainly stepped their game up, and Eden Hazard will be the one to keep an eye on tonight.
KO: 16:00 BST
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: 19th January 2014
Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will both be missing with a groin and hip injury respectively. Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini have both started training again, but this game will probably come too soon for them. Patrice Evra is a doubt with an ongoing knee problem, and Jonny Evans is likely to miss out with concerns over his back. Nani is still missing with a long-term hamstring injury, and Ashley Young did travel to London, but is unlikely to feature.
Jose Mourinho has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from, and new signing Nemanja Matic is available if the boss wants to use him. Frank Lampard will take a late fitness test, Marco van Ginkel is still on the long-term injury list, and Branislav Ivanovic will miss the clash due to a knee injury.
This game is so important for both sides. United need to win to keep up momentum in the hunt for a top four spot – especially after Liverpool lost yesterday. Chelsea need the win to keep the pressure up on both Manchester City and Arsenal. For that reason I think it’ll be a stalemate.
Score prediction: Chelsea 1-1 United