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Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester United will be without five first-team players for their trip to the stadium of light.
“Wayne Rooney is not available and Ashley Young is injured,” confirmed Mourinho, when speaking at his pre-match press conference in Manchester.
“no more news, because Mata, Smalling and Jones you already know that we are speaking about old injuries.”
Jose Mourinho has also been very disappointed with the efficiency of his strikers in-front of goal, claiming that Chicharito would have easily scored 20+ goals.
“We have some players that are not really in love with the ball, you know,” said the boss. “They are good players and they are creative players. They can create but, naturally, they are not the kind of guy that is a killer.”
“I give you a simple example: in the way we play at Old Trafford, in the way we dominate opponents, in the way we play in their box, I think Chicharito would have 20 goals easily, even coming from the bench for the last 10 or 20 minutes. He’d have 20 goals.”
“He’s a guy that, naturally, when the ball rebounds here or there, boom, goal. The goalkeeper saves, he goes there – tap-in, goal. A cross is coming, he anticipates at the first post – header, goal. And not even coming from the bench, we have this kind of player that scores 10 or 15 goals and gives you 10 or 15 more points. We play well most of the time – not always, obviously – we create but don’t score enough goals for the way we play.”
“I cannot buy a striker more experienced than Zlatan, right?” he replied. “We have Marcus, we believe in Marcus, that’s no doubt. Are we going to buy a striker? Maybe.
“I think Zlatan’s number of goals is a good number for every striker. I think all the others, and I’m not just speaking about the strikers but the attacking players. The attacking player with freedom has to always reach a certain number of goals that, added between them, gives a lot of victories and points. No-one reached that target.
“One thing’s for sure, Marcus is having amazing experience on the pitch this season, playing in every competition – Europe, the Premier League, the cups, Wembley, finals. He’s having an amazing experience which, after the hurricane that he was last season when he arrived, it’s giving him a hell of an experience.
“He’s such a good boy and such a good professional, I think this is a fantastic learning experience for him. Even with not scoring goals, next season he will. Next season will be a good season for him.”
Sunderland have lost 22 times against Manchester United in the Premier League – against no side have they suffered more Premier League defeats (also 22 against Chelsea).
Manchester United haven’t won any of their last three games at the Stadium of Light in all competitions (D1 L2), this after an unbeaten run of 11 matches there.
David Moyes will be the fifth different Sunderland manager to host Manchester United across the last five seasons (Martin O’Neill, Kevin Ball as caretaker, Gus Poyet and Sam Allardyce).
Jermain Defoe has failed to score in his last six Premier League games against Manchester United, since netting against them for Spurs in March 2012.
Sunderland are winless in their last six Premier League games on home soil, failing to score in the last four. They last went seven in a row without victory at home in January 2015.
The Black Cats haven’t failed to score in five consecutive home league games since a run of six in May 1985 in the top-flight, where they were eventually relegated.
Manchester United have won six and lost none of their last eight Premier League matches away from home; their longest unbeaten away run since August 2013 (13 games).
The Red Devils have scored exactly three goals in each of their last two PL away games; they last scored three or more goals in three consecutive matches in November 2012.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored eight goals in his last seven Premier League matches away from home for Manchester United.
Eight of Sunderland’s 14 Premier League goals at the Stadium of Light this season have been scored by Jermain Defoe (57%).
Manchester United are currently on a 20-game unbeaten run in the Premier League (W10 D10 L0). Of the 16 occasions a team has gone on a 20+ unbeaten run in the competition, this is the run with the lowest points per game average (2.0) and win ratio (50%).
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte: “It’s normal that with 27 points available anything can happen in the league, but we are in a really good position.
“We haven’t had many days to prepare for this game but it’s the same for Man City. These teams have a clear identity.
“It won’t be easy because they are a very good team.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: “Chelsea will be a big game and especially a big game away, it is important to learn from these kinds of games for the future.
“They play less games, they have more time to prepare. But Chelsea will be in Europe next year and they have the quality to compete. Chelsea deserve to be where they are, they have won a lot of games and deserve their position.”
Manchester City won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last April, claiming their biggest victory away to Chelsea since 1978, when Ron Futcher scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win.
However, it was only City’s second win in 19 league and cup games away to Chelsea (D5, L12).
After winning eight Premier League games in a row against Manchester City between 2005 and 2009, Chelsea have won just five of their last 15 against them in the top flight (D3, L7).
There have been four red cards in the last five league meetings between these sides, with three being shown to City players.
Chelsea haven’t lost back-to-back Premier League games at Stamford Bridge since November 2011, when Andre Villas-Boas’ side were defeated by Arsenal and then Liverpool.
The Blues have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 league games – having recorded 10 shut-outs in the previous 12 matches.
Chelsea have scored in 24 of their 25 Premier League home matches since Jose Mourinho left in 2015. The only exception in that run was the 3-0 defeat against Manchester City 12 months ago.
All five of Chelsea’s league and cup defeats this season have come in London.
Antonio Conte hasn’t lost consecutive home league games as a head coach since November 2009, when his Atalanta side were beaten by Juventus and then Roma.
Diego Costa’s next Premier League goal will be his 50th in the competition.
City are unbeaten in eight league games, their longest such run under Pep Guardiola – although half of those matches have been draws.
They could draw four consecutive league games for the first time since a run of seven straight draws in 2009.
A Guardiola-managed side has never previously lost both league games against the same opponent in a single season.
Guardiola could suffer six league defeats in a single season for the first time in his managerial career.
Kevin de Bruyne has assisted 13 goals for City in all competitions this season, one more than he managed last term.
Sergio Aguero has four goals in his last three league appearances against Chelsea, including a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge last season, although he was sent off when the sides met in December.
Of Aguero’s 14 Premier League goals this season, 10 have come away from home.
Liverpool will be without forward Sadio Mane who will miss the game with a knee injury.
Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman will also miss the match due to a knee injury, with Jack Wilshere coming back to the starting eleven, Bournemouth’s defender Tyrone Mings is still suspended from his clash with Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
What The Managers Said
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Sadio Mane to injury: “Everyone would miss Sadio. Southampton probably still miss him, Red Bull Salzburg miss him.
“It is not about thinking ‘how can we play perfect football’, we need to get results and the first thing I will think about is how we can defend [against] Bournemouth, not how can we create 27 chances.
“If we are strong and perfectly organized in defense then Bournemouth cannot get confidence in the game.
“We don’t think what we miss, we only think what we can do to win this football game.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “Liverpool will be a really tough test for us. We respect them and their manager. We’ve done okay at Anfield in recent games.
“The home game against Liverpool was arguably our standout game of the season so far, but it’s of no relevance now. This is a new game.
“We want to gather as many points as we can. The challenges in our next three games [Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham] are tough, but ones we have to relish.
“We’re in a good place at the moment. We’re also aware of how quickly things can change in football.”
HEAD TO HEAD
Bournemouth’s 4-3 win against Liverpool in December is their only victory in 10 previous games against the Reds.
They have lost all four of their previous games at Anfield, conceding 10 times and scoring just twice.
Liverpool have won all four of their previous home meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions, scoring 10 goals and conceding twice.
Bournemouth won the reverse of this fixture 4-3 in December, despite trailing 1-3 going into the final 15 minutes.
All 11 goals in the three previous Premier League meetings between these sides have been scored by different players.
Philippe Coutinho has assisted six Premier League goals this season, his second best tally in a Premier League campaign (7 in 2013/14).
Liverpool have won four consecutive Premier League games at Anfield for the first time under Jurgen Klopp; they last won five in a row in April 2014 (a run of six wins under Brendan Rodgers).
Liverpool and Bournemouth have each scored seven goals from the penalty spot this season, the joint-most in the Premier League.
Liverpool have scored and conceded in 21 of their 30 Premier League games this season (70%); more often than any other side.
The Cherries are unbeaten in each of their last four matches in the Premier League (W2 D2), this after a run of four consecutive defeats.
Bournemouth have kept consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League; they’ve never recorded three shutouts in a row.
Liverpool’s last six defeats in the Premier League have all come against sides placed in the bottom half of the table (on the day of the match).
Manchester City have gone seven top-flight matches without defeat (Premier League), they however dropped two valuable points at home against Liverpool, due to some poor finishing – In a game they should have comfortably won. Manchester City will want to cement their top four position with a win at the Emirates especially as they will have to face Chelsea in a crucial midweek game.
Arsenal look like they be finishing outside the top four for the first time in almost over two decades. Arsenal are currently occupy the sixth position after only winning one game in five matches. Arsene Wenger has also come under increasing pressure from the fans to due to poor performances, both domestically and in Europe.
Manchester City’s striker Kelechi Iheanacho has warned Arsenal that Manchester City will becoming for all the three points on Sunday.
“We are going to go to the Emirates and fight,” he is quoted saying, “We need a win there. It’s a good team, so we need to fight hard to get three points.
“We are in a good situation. We played well against Liverpool and showed good character.
“We defend well, we attack well, but unfortunately we couldn’t win. We are in a good position in the Premier League, we keep fighting and focus.”
Arsene Wenger has won just two of his previous nine competitive meetings with Pep Guardiola (W2 D2 L5), both in the Champions League.
This is only the second time that Arsenal have found themselves outside the top five in the Premier League as late as April in a season under Arsene Wenger – the other occasion was in April 2006.
On the day of this game, Arsenal will have spent 1209 days behind Manchester City in the Premier League table since the start of 2011-12. In the six Premier League seasons prior to this (2005-06 to 2010-11) they spent just 246 days behind Man City in the Premier League table.
Theo Walcott has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games versus Manchester City, but he hasn’t scored in the league since December (against City).
Only Thierry Henry (0.73) has a better goals per game record against Premier League sides from London than Sergio Aguero (0.70) – min. 15 games. The Argentine striker has 37 goals in 53 apps against teams from the capital.
These two sides have scored the most goals through substitutes in the Premier League this season – Arsenal (8) and Manchester City (7).
Pep Guardiola has suffered five league defeats as Manchester City boss this season – he’s never lost six in a single league campaign as a manager.
Manchester City have won just four of their last 15 Premier League matches played on a Sunday (W4 D6 L5).
If all goals scored after the 85th minute in the Premier League this season were removed, Arsenal would be seven points worse off (more than any other side) and below WBA & Everton in the table (8th).
Arsenal have lost just one of 19 previous home Premier League matches against Manchester City (W12 D6).
Manchester City are looking to do the double over Arsenal in a league season for the first time since 1975/76.
The last seven Premier League meetings between these two sides have produced 27 goals – 3.86 per game, on average.
Martin Oneal’s Republic of Ireland side have only lost one of their last 11 competitive matches at home, they have won their last four matches without conceding. The Republic of Ireland are currently undefeated in qualifying, these two sides have only met twice before, the last time being ten years ago – which was on March 24, 2007.
Wales are far from convincing when they play away from home, they have only won three of their last 11 away matches – but the presence of Gareth Bale will give them some hope of taking something from the game, Ireland on the other-hand have conceded just two goals in their last 14 home victories
Everton’s and Republic of Ireland’s Midfielder James McCarthy is likely to feature after being doubtful due to injury. Wales will be under pressure to perform as they are already four points behind their hosts – who are on top of Group D.
Wales have not won against the Republic of Ireland in their past six games, with their most recent victory a 1-0 friendly win in February 1992.
The Republic of Ireland have won five of the 13 meetings between the two sides, with Wales winning five and three draws.
Only two matches between Wales and the Republic of Ireland have ended goalless.
Republic of Ireland
Martin O’Neill has only lost eight of 35 games in charge of the Republic of Ireland.
O’Neill’s side have scored 11 goals in their past five games in all competitions.
Wales have not lost a qualifying match for a major international tournament since their 2-0 defeat by Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 2015.
After comfortably beating Moldova in their first Group D World Cup qualifier, Wales have drawn their qualifying games against Austria, Georgia and Serbia.
On Tuesday, Brazil’s coach Tite revealed his starting line up for the World Cup Qualifier against Uruguay for Thursday in Montevideo.
The starting line-up for Brazil will be as follows:
Alisson, Miranda (Captain), Marquinhos, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto, Roberto Firminho, Neymar and Coutinho.
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus will miss out due to a toe injury, while Chelsea’s Willian will drop to the bench being replaced by Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
Brazil has been in devastating form since the Copa America Centenario, having won in every match they have played – even demolishing Argentina 3-0 and the also made easy work of Colombia. However, despite having a glorious history churned out by great players from Pele, Romario, Socrates, Garrincha, Zico, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and even Jairzinho – they have only recorded a mere two victories in all their visits to the Estadio Centenario.
Brazil have only conceded a single goal in their last five matches, the Selecao’s back line will also be rubbing their hands with glee, to know that Uruguay may be missing their talisman Luis Suarez, who is a major injury doubt.
Uruguay have won every World Cup Qualifier at home since March 2013 and they will want to exert some more misery to Brazil, despite the injury doubt to Luis Suarez. The match is the most anticipated match-up in this weekend’s World Cup Qualifiers.
Didier Deschamps’ side will aim to continue their winning run by making it four wins on the bounce – by securing three points, when they visit the tiny nation of Luxembourg. France were unexpectedly held to a goalless match against the unfancied Belarus, but they made up for this by hammering Bulgaria 4-1, followed by wins over Netherlands and Sweden. History is also against Luxembourg, who have never played in the Euros or ever appeared in a World Cup.
France has also included in their squad the highly rate, eighteen-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who has been on fire for Monaco in Ligue 1 and unstoppable in the Champions league.
Luxembourg 0-2 France
France 2-0 Luxembourg
France 6-0 Luxembourg
Luxembourg 0-4 France
Luxembourg 0-1 France
Luxembourg have lost six of their last eight matches
France have won their last three matches and are undefeated in their World Cup Qualifier matches
France have Only lost one of their last 17 matches
France have defeated Luxembourg in their last 14 previous meeting
France has defeated Luxembourg by at least 3 goals – in 10 of their last 16 victories against Luxembourg
Last World Cup qualifier result:
Luxembourg 1-3 Netherlands – Maxime Chanot
France 2-1 Sweden – Paul Pogba (Man Utd), Dimitri Payet (Marseille)