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Chelsea vs Man Utd: Preview, predictions and lineups

It’s the battle of the crisis clubs on Thursday evening as Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

The Blues may be met with a frosty reception from their supporters in west London after stumbling to an embarrassing 2-2 draw with ten-man Burnley last time out. Cole Palmer’s brace wasn’t enough as the Clarets twice pegged back Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who currently sit in the bottom half of the table.

Man Utd somehow managed a point against Brentford in their most recent outing despite being outplayed by the Bees for the majority of the match, with Mason Mount’s 97th-minute strike cancelled out by Kristoffer Ajer’s even later stoppage-time effort. The result has left the Red Devils’ hopes of Champions League qualification in serious jeopardy.

Here’s 90min’s guide to Man Utd vs Chelsea on Thursday.

Chelsea vs Man Utd H2H record (Last Five Games)

Current form (all competitions)

Chelsea

Man Utd

Chelsea 2-2 Burnley – 30/03/24

Brentford 1-1 Man Utd – 30/03/24

Chelsea 4-2 Leicester – 17/03/24

Man Utd 4-3 Liverpool – 17/03/24

Chelsea 3-2 Newcastle – 11/03/24

Man Utd 2-0 Everton – 09/03/24

Brentford 2-2 Chelsea – 02/03/24

Man City 3-1 Man Utd – 03/03/24

Chelsea 3-2 Leeds – 28/02/24

Nottingham Forest 0-1 Man Utd – 28/02/24

Country

TV channel / live stream

United Kingdom

TNT Sports 1, TNT Sports Ultimate, discovery+, discovery+ App

United States

USA Network, NBC Sports App, nbcsports.com

Canada

fuboTV

Ben Chilwell

Chilwell is just one name on a long injury list for Chelsea / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Chelsea have a long list of injuries to contend with ahead of Man Utd’s visit, with a number of key absentees across the pitch.

Chelsea will be without their first-choice left-back, with Ben Chilwell recovering from illness after missing the Burnley clash through injury. Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Levi Colwill are all absent in the defence as well, while Lesley Ugochukwu is also missing further forward.

Romeo Lavia is out for the rest of the season and Christopher Nkunku remains unavailable after suffering a hamstring injury during the Carabao Cup final in February.

However, the good news for Pochettino is that Malo Gusto and Trevoh Chalobah are both available having been injury doubts, while Robert Sanchez and Carnery Chukwuemeka have returned to training and could therefore be involved.

Chelsea predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Badiashile, Cucurella; Caicedo, Fernandez; Palmer, Gallagher, Mudryk; Jackson.

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw is out for the season / James Baylis – AMA/GettyImages

Man Utd‘s injury woes looked to be easing up ahead of the run-in, but the club were dealt more bad news following the draw with Brentford. Despite Lisandro Martinez having just returned from injury against the Bees, he is now out for another month after injuring himself in training, while fellow centre-back Victor Lindelof is also missing for a similar amount of time.

Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans were also doubts for the clash with Chelsea on Thursday, the former being substituted at the Gtech Community Stadium, but Ten Hag has confirmed that they are back in training.

Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia are both injured at left-back – the Englishman out for the season – while Anthony Martial and Altay Bayindir are also sidelined despite closing in on returns. Ten Hag does welcome young Amad Diallo back from suspension.

Man Utd predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Onana; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka; Mainoo, Casemiro; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund.

It really is impossible to know what to expect from these sides when they meet on Thursday, with Man Utd edging the reverse fixture back in December. The points are more crucial for the visitors, however, with Champions League qualification still technically up for grabs.

The inconsistencies of both teams makes it a tough one to predict, with Chelsea and Man Utd potentially cancelling one another out at Stamford Bridge. It has the potential to be a thriller or a stinker.

Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd

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