Chelsea v Manchester United preview with correct score predictions.
Jose Mourinho was at his original best at Anfield last Monday evening. The Manchester United manager was organizing a impenetrable defensive structure to deny the fancied Liverpool attack a goal and a victory. While his trademark tactics may have paid off at Anfield, it remains to be seen whether it would bring him fruits in the encounters to follow.
It was a set of similar tactics and mindset that led to his downfall as Chelsea manager and his side as well. On Sunday, he will be taking Manchester United to his old Waterloo, Stamford Bridge, to meet Antonio Conte's men who are in the throes of a revival.
Going into Sunday's encounter, a strategy which involves Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini starring in defensive midfield positions will have to be done away with if United are to make something of the match.
Ander Herrera's role in essaying vital passes to folks like Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Lingard and Mata would hold the key to the match. Marcus Rashford who was forced off play against Liverpool with a cramp looks a doubtful starter.
Costa to cause trouble
Chris Smalling will be expected to hold the fort at the back along with Valencia and Bailly. It would be interesting to see how they deal with the fiery Diego Costa, by far Chelsea's top goal-scorer this season.
De Gea has been at his brilliant between the posts of late and could be expected to perform admirably. Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin could miss out on Sunday's clash owing to injuries. Wayne Rooney, who came in for the injured Rashford at Anfield in the 77th minute will probably not make the cut in the starting XI at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
For the Blues, Conte will stick to the 3-4-3 formation that earned him success against Leicester City last week. This system that consists of men like Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz at the back has worked well. Ironically it blocked the experienced and a fully fit John Terry's comeback into the starting XI.
Willian and Oscar will be missing on account of family matters and Victor Moses and Pedro will in all probability playing in their places. Nemanja Matic and N'Golo Kante will marshal the central midfield area and will play key roles in supplying the likes of Diego Costa and Hazard upfront. Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas have recovered from minor injuries and will be knocking on the doors of re-entry.
As far as a head to head comparison of the meetings between these two great Premier League rivals goes, statistics seem to be skewered heavily in favor of Chelsea in recent years.
Manchester United haven't won a single match against the Blues in their last ten meetings. The Blues have got the better of United on five occasions and drawn the other five. This trend could well continue.
Chelsea's current form and revival have led the bookmakers to wager on the hosts winning Sunday evening's clash at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, who have come back strongly to the 5th spot on the EPL table with 16 points will look to earn three more over the weekend. This will catapult the Blues among the top four of the Premier League.