Chelsea will be without Diego Costa, but Loic Remy is expected to be fit enough to start after missing last weekend’s game against QPR. Manchester United won the derby but lost Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daily Blind, and Michael Carrick in the process, the last of which the Red Devils have suffered only 1 loss when starting. Defender Jonny Evans is also suspended for the match.
Chelsea can tighten an already firm grip on the Premier League title with a win on Saturday. 7 points clear and with a game in hand the Blues look impenetrable at home, losing only to Bradford City of League One in the FA Cup this season. Manchester United meanwhile are only a point behind 2nd place Arsenal and are arguably the only other team aside from the Gunners in contention of running the Blues down for the title. The prospect of Champions League football seems to be coming back to Old Trafford after a season off with their impressive run as of late keeping them firmly planted in the group stage places.
Chelsea have not lost to Manchester United at home in their last 4 affairs, including last season’s 0-0 snorefest that prompted Twitter to ignite with #ThingsMoreExcitingThanUnitedChelsea. Chelsea have also only lost once in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho, the 2-1 defeat to Sunderland on the 19th of April, 2014. Oddly enough, the 0-0 draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light is the only Premier League game Chelsea have failed to score in this season.
Manchester United have only won 5 times at Chelsea in the Premier League and only once in the last 13 years. The Red Devils have also won 29 points in 2015 so far, with only Arsenal better. Manchester United also struggle on the road in terms of scoring, netting only 19 times in their 15 away matches so far this season.
Prediction: I expect Chelsea to want to play counter-attacking but Manchester United not have the quality forward to create much anyway. Chelsea’s either going to blow them away or the game is destined to be a repeat of last year’s stale game. I still see Chelsea as the better side however.
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United