Chelsea v Manchester United – Match Preview

Chelsea players celebrate

The top two meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, as Chelsea welcome Manchester United for the biggest game of the season so far.

Roberto Di Matteo has the opportunity to open up a seven point gap at the top of the table with a victory over Manchester United, who will be desperate to win at a ground that has caused them so many problems down the years.

Chelsea suffered a defeat to Shaktar in the Champions League in midweek, whilst United continued with their habit of turning a deficit into a win, coming back from 2-0 down to beat Braga 3-2.

Last season saw these two play out one of the games of the season, a 3-3 draw which saw Chelsea surrender a  3-0 lead.

Wayne Rooney was on target twice that day, and will be looking to add to his first two goals of the season he scored in the Premier League against Stoke last weekend.

Chelsea will again be without captain John Terry as the defender serves another game of his four-match ban, while Frank Lampard is facing a late fitness test on a calf injury.

Manchester United will be without Shinji Kagawa for three to four weeks due to the playmaker’s knee injury. Javier Hernandez is expected to start on the bench, despite his heroics against Braga.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United 

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