LIVE STREAMING CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER UNITED 20.10.2018
As José Mourinho’s venture into the Premier League (PL) began back in August 2004, so too could it end. A Chelsea win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge may represent the point of no return for the ‘Special One’, and all the signs point to the perfect completion of this 14-year loop
‘Chelsea 1, United 0’ was how then-Blues manager Mourinho’s PL debut ended, and that has also been the exact result in the last four H2H encounters to be played in London. In the league, Chelsea have taken seven H2H points from nine at Stamford Bridge since Mourinho took the United hot seat in 2016/17.
Mourinho’s away league record against other teams that have consistently finished in the top six since 2016/17 makes for bleak reading. It currently stands at W2, D3, L5, with United conceding twice as many as they have scored (GF 7, GA 14) – though both wins have come in the calendar year of 2018.
In for a close one? Across all competitions, four of United’s last five games have seen both teams score, while eight of their last ten games (in all competitions) against Chelsea have produced under 2.5 goals.
Players to watch: Unstoppable under Maurizio Sarri, Eden Hazard was the hero in the sides’ last H2H encounter, as Chelsea lifted the FA Cup!
Though a recognised striker, Romelu Lukaku trails Hazard by three goals, and has yet to score for United against on his old club’s turf.
Stat attack: United are without a clean sheet in three matches against Chelsea.
This season, Chelsea have a good return of seven PL points from a possible nine, in home league games where they have led at half-time.
Under Mourinho, United have faced opposition from the top six of ’16/17 and ’17/18 immediately after a mid-season international break four times, returning a record of: W0, D3, L1.
Will not play
van Ginkel M.
Referee: Dean M. (Eng),
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London)