Chelsea vs Manchester United

One of the most highly anticipated fixtures on the Premier League schedule pits Chelsea and Manchester United against each other at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Graham Potter’s appointment as a new chief of staff in the wake of Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal has turned Chelsea’s fortunes around, re-establishing them as credible top-four candidates. Still unbeaten across his opening seven competitive games in charge of the ‘Blues’ (W5, D2), Potter has steered his side back into the top four, albeit they’re only one point clear of fifth-placed Man Utd. Chelsea’s three-match winning league streak ended abruptly in midweek as Brentford held them to a scoreless draw. Worryingly for Potter, the ‘Pensioners’ are winless in their last nine Premier League meetings with Man Utd (D6, L3), their third-worst winless home run against a specific opposition in the competition. But after losing none of their last eight home league outings (W5, D3), they’ll be confident of bucking that trend at the weekend.

On the other hand, visiting Manchester United outclassed fellow top-four hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, cruising to a well-deserved 2-0 victory at Old Trafford to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to three matches (W2, D1). Aware that another triumph at the Bridge would see them leapfrog Chelsea, the ‘Red Devils’ will be out to build on their eye-catching four-game league form on the road (W3, L1). However, Erik ten Hag’s men must defy their underwhelming three-match losing Premier League streak away to London sides, their longest such streak in England’s top flight since a run of five in 1974. That’s an arduous task, considering they’ve managed just two wins across their last 20 Premier League visits to the Bridge (D8, L10)!

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