Place: Stamford Bridge. London.
Date: on the 20th of October, 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 12:30 (GMT+1)
On a break for matches of the national teams the Blues have gone being a member of a triumvirate at the head of the EPL. Besides Sarri’s team the, Liverpool and Manchester City have tied two games in eight rounds.
In the 8th round Chelsea has ruined Southampton (3:0) and at its own gate the Royals allowed to create quite a lot of moments too. But xG=1.44 the Saints could not turn into anything good.
Nine field players of the starting lineup of Chelsea in a match of last round were attacking the gate. Jorginho was the only one who didn’t do this. Eden Hazard has 5 shots and absolute efficiency of hits on target as four attempts were blocked by guards and the fifth became the goal one.
Jose Mourinho has been already mentally preparing for resignation as suddenly his football players decided to win back with Newcastle and even pulled out a victory (3:2). In that match the fans on the Old Trafford became witnesses of two different times as before the break the Magpies were ahead with two balls and the hosts were amorphous and apathetic.
18 shots were struck by the club from Manchester and one third from them belongs to Paul Pogba. The central forward Romelu Lukaku in this match did not shoot at all but at the same time gained 7.0 for 64 passes. It is a solid indicator of high-quality work in a play up for a forward.
About the internal conflicts in the club which are provoked by the head coach himself was said a lot. According to insiders’ statements, five players (Davis de Gea with Pogba are among them) are ready to leave MU if Mourinho remains the coach.
Head-to-heads of Chelsea vs Manchester United
Six last matches between these teams ended with home wins. So this time the Blues have a reason for optimism.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Chelsea vs Manchester United
Chelsea to win – 1.71
Draw – 3.80;
Manchester United to win – 5.30
Under the conditions of obvious crisis Manchester is capable to fight for positive result but only in the case if all football players will unit in a name of final goal and will forget about conflicts with the coach.