N’Golo Kante is likely to play against United, but Chelsea’s Medical staff will likely push Chelsea’s best player back to start the game. Chelsea have conceded 14 goals in their last eight games and recorded just a single clean sheet. If he misses the game Chelsea will struggle to cope with Manchester United, especially as Cesc Fabregas has been struggling from fatigue and form.
Chelsea will however be missing Victor Moses, who is yet to recover from the hamstring strain suffered against Crystal Palace.
David Luiz is still playing with a broken wrist but the brazilian will be starting the game at Stamford Bridge.
- Chelsea have lost just one of their last 15 home Premier League games against Manchester United (W9 D5), with that defeat coming in Alex Ferguson’s final season (2-3 in October 2012).
- Manchester United’s 2-0 victory in their last meeting with Chelsea ended a run of 12 games without a win against them in all competitions. They last won back-to-back meetings with the Blues in September 2011.
- Manchester United have lost more Premier League games (17) and conceded more Premier League goals (66) against Chelsea than they have against any other side in the competition.
- Antonio Conte’s side have already lost as many home Premier League games this season as they did in 2016-17 overall (2).
- Under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have lost five of their eight away Premier League games immediately after playing in Europe (W3), including their last three against Arsenal and Spurs in May and Huddersfield last month.
- Jose Mourinho has lost three of his last four away games against sides he’s previously managed, but did win his last such encounter (1-0 vs Benfica in October).
- Antonio Conte has won 112 points as Chelsea manager in his 48 Premier League games in charge, 11 points fewer than Jose Mourinho had at this point of his Chelsea managerial career (123). Mourinho lost just one of his first 48 Premier League games in charge of the club (W38 D9 L1), but Conte has already lost eight times (W36 D4 L8).
- During their three Premier League games during October, Manchester United had an xG total of just 1.78 but have allowed their opponents to post a cumulative xG total of 3.87 – meaning they have allowed their opponents more than double the chance quality they that have created themselves.
- 21% of the total Premier League goals scored in the final 10 minutes of games this season (10/47) have been netted by Manchester United.
- Manchester United substitutes have scored seven goals and assisted four more (both league-high’s) this season so far – Anthony Martial has provided six of these 11 substitute goal involvements (four goals, two assists); more than any other player.
- Romelu Lukaku has scored 15 goals in 59 Premier League games against ‘big six’ opposition, averaging a goal every 295 minutes. His mins per goal ratio against non ‘big six’ opponents is 137 (77 goals in 137 apps).
- No goalkeeper has kept as many clean sheets in the ‘big five’ European leagues since the start of 2016-17 than Manchester United’s David De Gea (22).