Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, October 23
Manchester United’s visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday is undoubtedly the biggest match of Gameweek 9. All eyes of the football world will be on London as Chelsea host the 20-time Premier League champions.
Blues skipper John Terry is expected to return to the side after recovering from an injury. Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic are however expected to miss this tie. Also, Antonio Conte might not field Willian and Oscar following family bereavements.
For the visitors, Chris Smalling isn’t available. The good news for them is midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is nearing full fitness.
"He (Jose) was an important manager for Chelsea. With the club and the players, he wrote a part of the story of this club. He deserves a good reception," Conte said.
"I knew that working in England, staying in the Premier League, I would, sooner or later, have to play against Chelsea and I would have to go to Stamford Bridge. The computer has decided that I have to go now, so we go," said Mourinho.
Chelsea are 5th on the table with 16 points from 8 games, while the Red Devils are 7th with 14 points.
Chelsea have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 1 of their last 5 games in the league. On the other hand, United have lost 2, won 1 and drawn 2 of their last 5 matches in the league.
United haven’t beaten Chelsea in their last 5 attempts. Chelsea have won 2, while the remaining three were draws.
Overall, the two sides have played 48 games in the league, with United winning 13 and Chelsea 16.
Chelsea will start has slight favorites for this encounter. However, Jose’s side will be difficult to beat and United are bound to put in a performance like they did at Anfield.
Under 2.5 goals
Diego Costa to score
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
Date: Monday, October 17
Liverpool vs Manchester United is undoubtedly the biggest match of Gameweek 8 of the Premier League. Considering the rivalry between these clubs, all eyes of the footballing world will be on Anfield this week.
The Reds are currently fourth on the table with 16 points from 7 matches, while United are 6th with 13 points in the bag.
Jurgen Klopp’s side is in fine form, having won four of their last five league matches. Jose Mourinho’s team has stuttered and has 2 wins, 2 defeats and a draw from its last five outings.
United have dominated this fixture in recent years. The Red Devils have won four out of the five derbies between the two sides since 2014.
Both sides are full of talented match-winners, who can swing the tie in their respective teams’ favor at any given moment. But considering the form of both teams, it must be stated that Liverpool go in to this match as the favorites.
The pressure will be on Mourinho to avoid a defeat against the old enemy. With the home fans firmly behind their side, this will be a tough away trip for Wayne Rooney and co.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score
Under 3.5 goals in the match
Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United