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
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: September 24, 2016
The London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea is undoubtedly the biggest match of the Premier League’s Gameweek 6. Over the years, Chelsea have dominated this fixture, which is why the home side will be desperate to turn a corner.
Both the clubs have got off to identical starts this term. Considering their title ambitions, a win for either side will help to make a early statement in the race.
Arsenal are currently 4th on the table with 10 points from 5 games. Chelsea on the other hand are positioned at 5th due to an inferior goal difference.
Both teams will be without some of their key players for this encounter. For the Gunners, Aaron Ramsey will be absent with a hamstring injury. Frontman Olivier Giroud will undergo a late fitness test.
The Blues will travel without skipper John Terry who is dealing with an ankle issue.
“Conte has very strong players in transition, like Hazard, like Willian, like Costa. For us to stop these three players from being dangerous will be one of the keys of the game,” said Arsene Wenger during his pre-match press conference.
"We must work a lot on the defensive aspect because if you want a great championship you must not concede so many goals," Antonio Conte told reporters ahead of the big match.
Conte’s men are unbeaten against the north Londoners since October 2011. Chelsea have beaten Arsenal four times at the Emirates, that’s more than any other side in the League.
Diego Costa to score
Under 2.5 goals in match
Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea
In a massive blow to Chelsea, club skipper John Terry is expected to be out for 10 days after straining ligaments in the right foot.
The veteran defender left the Liberty Stadium on crutches after he was injured during the 2-2 draw against Swansea.
Terry posted a short video on social networking site Instagram that showed him undergoing treatment.
Unfortunately for Terry and Chelsea fans, he will miss the crucial game against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Friday.
David Luiz is expected to replace the England defender in the playing eleven.
The Brazilian re-joined Chelsea in summer from French champions PSG.
Premier League giants Chelsea on Saturday announced their latest signing in the form of Leicester City midfielder N`Golo Kante.
The Frenchman switched sides for about £32 million (38 million euros, $42 million) in a five-year deal.
Kante was one of the most important players in the Foxes’ squad, which created history earlier in the year.
He becomes the second signing of the summer for Antonio Conte after securing the services of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille for a similar fee.
"I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It`s a dream come true for me," Kante told Chelsea`s website.
"The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte, a brilliant coach, and some of the best players in the world was simply too good to turn down," he further added.
The 25-year-old had joined the English champions from Caen for a bargain £5.6 million.
Kante was shortlisted for the 2015-16 PFA Players` Player of the Year award after putting up a sterling display at the heart of Leicester’s midfield.