The Battle of the Devils: Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview

Arguably, the biggest game of the Premier League weekend will take place at Old Trafford when Manchester United play host to Chelsea at the 5:30 pm kick-off on Saturday.

While United and Chelsea both endured a struggling start to the new season, both sides will play for all maximum points and for the bragging rights as well when they square-off.

Ole seems to be back on the wheel after initially playing a forgettable 6-1 loss to Tottenham before making up for it with a 4-1 win over Newcastle and then famously grabbed a 2-1 Champions League victory over PSG during the week.

Rashford’s late winner gave United the three points despite PSG’s dominance of the ball. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY CBS SPORTS.

Chelsea on the other hand spent big money during the transfer window but are yet to find a defensive setup that works.

The acquisition of 36-year-old Thiago Silva hasn’t made much of a difference to a defence that continues to concede goals – although a goalless draw against Sevilla midweek shows that there is some improvement.

Manchester United Team News

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will be without Ivorian centre-back Eric Bailly who is still out injured, while French striker Anthony Martial is serving the remainder of his suspension for a red card he got in the 6-1 trampling to Tottenham.

Martial was handed a straight red card and will serve his sentence over the course of the next three games. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY SKY SPORTS.

Edinson Cavani, Harry Maguire and Jesse Lingard are all in contention to feature in this game.

Chelsea Team News

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will rely on Thiago Silva to once again lead the defence after initially picking up a knock in the game against Sevilla, while Kai Havertz and Timo Werner could be recalled to lead the line-up.

Prediction

The Red Devils have enjoyed good results away from home. The win against Ligue 1 defending champions PSG means United have now won 10 consecutive games away from home for the first time in the club’s history.

The same cannot be said for home appearances, however, as a 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 humiliation to Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side means that Ole’s men are still searching for their first points at home this season.

They just might get this against a Chelsea side who are on a bad away form. Defensively, Chelsea have conceded more away goals (42) than any other club in the Premier League since the start of last season.

While scoring goals may not be Lampard’s biggest worry, holding their lead does give some sort of worry to the Blues boss whose side have been bettered only by Arsenal on the list of teams to have dropped points from winning positions this season.

Ultimately, it seems the game will be decided by who can outscore who as both sides, while being excellent in the attack, have major loopholes defensively. It does promise to be an exciting fixture as loads of goals are expected here.

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