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After suffering a 4-0 humiliation in the reverse fixture against Manchester United earlier in the season, Chelsea will be eager to avenge that defeat as they host the Red Devils tonight at Stamford Bridge.

Indeed, this is one of the most anticipated games on the Premier League calendar and both teams are expected to give good accounts of themselves, especially as the teams are freshened after the newly introduced Winter Break.

United are currently ninth in the Premier League table, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and they will be hoping to narrow the gap with a rare win at Stamford Bridge.

For Chelsea, they have been unsuccessful in recent outings against United, hence they will be looking to beat the Red Devils for the first time since May 2018.

Still without the services of Paul Pogba, United are depleted in the midfield, while Marcus Rashford’s back injury has taken away another of their most talented players.

Solskjaer’s squad is stretched at the moment, but Bruno Fernandes impressed in his debut against Wolves last time out.

There could also be the first appearance for Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo on Monday night.

For Chelsea, Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are not available for Frank Lampard’s side, but leading scorer Tammy Abraham should be available having used the winter break to recover from a troublesome ankle issue.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for Live Updates from Stamford Bridge.

Kickoff is 9.00 p.m.


Teams News

Ighalo on the bench

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United team to face Chelsea in the Premier League tonight has been announced.

Nigeria international Odion Ighalo is on the bench while the other recent signing, Bruno Fernandes is starting

United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire (c), Bailly, Shaw, Williams; Fred, Matic, Fernandes; James, Martial.

Substitutes: Romero, Jones, Dalot, Mata, Andreas, Ighalo, Greenwood.

Chelsea Starting XI: Caballero, James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi.

subs: Kepa, Tomori, Zouma, Alonso, Barkley, Mount, Giroud.

Game underway at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea come very close to breaking the deadlock but the ball sails off the United Post

Willian with another effort as Chelsea keep on the pressure on the United defense

Not looking good for Chelsea however as one of their key players N’Golo Kante appears injured

Not looking good for Chelsea however as one of their key players N’Golo Kante appears injured

The French man has been forced off

Mount takes the place of Kante

United are begining to also carve out chances of their own

Batshuayi gives away ball possession as he falls off the ball after receiving a pass from Jorginho

Anxious moments for United in the left side of thier defence but they finally deal with the situation

United captain Maguire escape a booking after what looks like a foul on Batshuayi

United shading the ball possession 54% compared to Chelsea’s 46%

Batshuayi fluffs another good chance for Chelsea

Chelsea are pushing forward agian but Michy Batshuayi’s finish is wide of the goal.

Yellow card for Willian for simulation

Goal.. Martial gives United the lead at Stamford Bridge

Wambassaka with a cross and Martial jumps high to head United in front

Three minutes added time

Poor finish by Batshuayi as the Belgian blows another chance to draw Chelsea level

Half Time : Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United

Chelsea get the second half underway

Andreas Christensen has been replaced with Kurt Zouma in the Chelsea team

Chelsea’s Rudiger gets a Yellow card for a tackle on Fernandes

Willian whips in a cross but no Chelsea player to connect

Chelsea come close again but no goal for the Blues… Pedro shot blocked

Goal!!! Zouma gets the ball in

Referee checks up with VAR.. Goal disallowed

Manchester United keep thier 1-0 lead

Martial on the pitch.. Referee gives Zouma and Fred Yellow cards

Game back on

Chelsea win a corner kick.. But the United defence have cleared thier lines

Free kick for United at the edge of the box

Close!! Fernandes hits the goal post with his effort

Goal!!! UNITED double their lead ……. Captain Maguire makes it 2-0

Frank Lampard looking distraught as his team is falling apart at the moment at Stamford Bridge

Giroud comes in for Batshuayi as Chelsea try to rescue the situation

Baily with a crucial clearance for United to deny Kovavic a chance to shoot

Williams booked for foul on Willian

Giroud heads in the ball for Chelsea but VAR rules it out for offside

Yellow card for Wam-Biasaka

Andreas Pereira has replaced Daniel James for Manchester United

According to Opta Stats Manchester United have scored with both of the only two shots on target in this match, scoring two headed goals in a Premier League game for the first time since November 2017 against Newcastle.

Free kick by Chelsea hits the bar.. De Gea injures self trying to stop that

The big moment is here.. Odion Ighalo comes in for Anthony Martial

Five minutes added time

Full Time Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United


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