Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Chelsea v. Manchester United – Preview

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The international break is over, and that means a return to Premier League action on Saturday. To kick off this round of Premier League fixtures, Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off with plenty at stake for both sides.

For Chelsea, they find themselves sharing top position in the table after eight games played, a position that even the most optimistic Chelsea supporter could have imagined.

Central to Chelsea’s success is not just the form of Eden Hazard, but also how quickly the team have adapted to Maurizio Sarri’s tactical plan. Sarri himself has downplayed Chelsea’s chances at the title this season, despite a win and a draw against Liverpool in the span of four days and an unbeaten record to start the season.

However, you can only play down your chances so long, and if Chelsea get a win at home over Manchester United, it’s going to be very hard to not consider Chelsea’s chances at winning the title this season.

For Manchester United, they simply need a result. They find themselves seven points behind the trio of leaders in the Premier League and need to build off of their spirited comeback victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

But United did go 2-0 behind to the Magpies in that match and, in truth, could have been far further behind by the end of the first half. If United are to get a result at Stamford Bridge, they must find a way to limit Chelsea’s chances because they can make United pay for any sloppiness at the back.

However, Chelsea have looked like an impressively drilled side, and if they can find a way to unnerve United’s defence and create chances, it’s hard to look past a Chelsea victory on Saturday afternoon.

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