Match Venue and Kickoff Time
On Thursday, Manchester United and Chelsea are set to clash in the Premier League at the prestigious Theater of Dreams.
The highly anticipated match is scheduled to commence at 20:00 West African Standard Time, providing fans with an evening of thrilling football.
Manchester United finds themselves on the cusp of securing a coveted Champions League spot for the upcoming season, needing just a solitary point from their remaining two matches.
The Red Devils are coming off a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Bournemouth, which has bolstered their confidence.
Their home record in the Premier League has been impressive, with only one defeat suffered at Old Trafford this season.
Furthermore, they boast the league’s best defensive record at home, having conceded a mere eight goals.
In contrast, Chelsea’s recent form has been lackluster, managing just a solitary win in their last ten Premier League encounters.
Their most recent defeat against Manchester City by a 1-0 margin has further dented their confidence.
The Blues have struggled to find the back of the net away from home, with only 17 goals scored, placing them among the lowest scoring teams in the league in that regard.
With a combination of a depleted squad due to injuries and a lack of morale, Chelsea’s prospects in this fixture appear bleak.
Manchester United will be without the services of Lisandro Martínez and Donny van de Beek, as both players are currently nursing long-term injuries.
Additionally, Tom Heaton continues to be sidelined with an ankle injury. The availability of Marcus Rashford, who missed the previous match due to illness, remains uncertain and will be subject to assessment.
Furthermore, Marcel Sabitzer will also miss the match due to an injury, while Phil Jones is unlikely to feature for the club again following his announcement of departure in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Possible Formation: (4-2-3-1)
Potential Starting XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.
Chelsea enters this fixture burdened with a lengthy list of injured players. Armando Broja, Reece James, Benoît Badiashile, N’Golo Kanté, Mason Mount, Marc Cucurella, Ben Chilwell, Marcus Bettinelli, and Mateo Kovacic are all sidelined due to various reasons.
This extensive injury toll adds to the already challenging circumstances faced by the Blues.
Possible Formation: (3-4-2-1)
Potential Starting XI: Kepa; Fofana, Silva, Chalobah; Azpilicueta, Fernandez, Loftus-Cheek, Hall; Gallagher; Sterling, Havertz.
Considering Chelsea’s struggles, both in terms of form and personnel availability, Manchester United appears to be in a favorable position to secure a victory in this encounter.
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