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Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Man Utd – football news

Undefeated Chelsea are involved in a blockbuster match to restart the Premier League season after the international break as Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge.

United are currently trailing behind the rest of the top six as they sit seven points behind Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, who occupy the top three places in the table.

Many pundits believe that Alexis Sanchez’s last minute winner against Newcastle before the international break helped save the job of manager Jose Mourinho, meaning he remains in charge for a return to his old stomping ground.

Maurizio Sarri could be set to heap more doubt on Mourinho’s long term future at Old Trafford, as the Blues go into the match as heavy favourites.


Chelsea Injuries


Chelsea have suffered two main injury concerns over the international break after going into their last league game with a clean bill of health.

Antonio Rudiger suffered a groin injury at the end of Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Southampton, with the increasingly influential defender now in a race to be fit in time for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

Ethan Amapdu, meanwhile, may only be a bit part player for Chelsea, but he pulled out of the Wales squad after their recent 4-1 defeat to Spain left him with a knee problem.

Pedro Chelsea 2018-19


Chelsea Suspensions


Neither Chelsea nor Manchester United have any players out with suspensions ahead of Saturday’s clash, while there are no players in danger of bans should they pick up yellow cards.


Chelsea Potential Starting Line-Up


Sarri faces another busy period handling his squad who will be battling for major honours on all fronts. The Manchester United game will be a big priority for Chelsea, with BATE Borisov to come in the Europa League on Thursday.

Willian is the only player at the club to have started in each of the last six games though Pedro remains a potential starter.

Chelsea have stuck religiously to a 4-3-3 formation this season and have operated with tactical consistancy. Alvaro Morata has scored in each of his last two games which might give Sarri some food for thought after opting to play Olivier Giroud ahead of the £70m striker in recent weeks.

Ross Barkley may well retain his place ahead of Mateo Kovacic but the rest of the line up looks set to be quite predictable, especially in comparison to that of United.

Chelsea predicted XI for Man United GFX


Man Utd Team News


Mourinho has suffered the blow of having both Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw added to the list of injury concerns ahead of their trip to west London, with the pair having both pulled out of their respective international squads since the Newcastle clash.

Scott McTominay has been a regular in recent weeks and he is also battling for fitness ahead of the Saturday afternoon kick off while Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard are expected to remain on the sidelines.

Marcos Rojo is long term absentee with a knee problem.


TV channel & kick-off time


The match at Stamford Bridge kicks off at 12:30pm BST on Saturday, with live coverage available in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League from 11:30am and Sky Sports Main Event from midday. In the U.S. the game will be shown on NBCSN at 7:30am ET.


Best Opta Match Facts


  • Games between Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premier League have produced 232 yellow cards – 17 more than any other fixture in the competition’s history.

  • Chelsea are looking to remain unbeaten in their first nine games to a Premier League season for the third time, also doing so in their title winning seasons of 2005-06 and 2014-15.

  • Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho has lost four of his last five away matches in all competitions against sides he’s formerly managed, including all three at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea as Man Utd manager.

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  • As well as being the highest scorer in the Premier League this season with seven goals, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the first player to record 10 goal involvements in the competition this season (7 goals, 3 assists).

  • No player has provided more Premier League assists this season than Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud (4).

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Sarri calms Pedro fears: ‘Probably it is not a serious injury’ – football news

Maurizio Sarri has calmed fears over Pedro after the winger suffered an injury at the end of Chelsea’s 1-0 win over PAOK ​in the Europa League.

Pedro was brought down in second-half injury time on Thursday, and appeared to have dislocated his shoulder as he left the field.

The 31-year-old has had a productive start to the season, scoring three goals in his first seven matches for the in-form Blues.

Although the Chelsea manager admits he is unsure on the details of the Spain international’s injury, he does not expect it to be severe.

“The problem is his shoulder, but I don’t know exactly the situation,” he told reporters after the game. “I’ve spoken with the doctor, but only for a few seconds. The doctor told me that probably it’s not a very serious injury.”

Willian’s first-half strike proved the decisive moment in the game as the London side opened their Europa League campaign with a victory in Greece.

And although Sarri saw his side as the dominant team, he was disappointed that they did not score more.

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“I think we were in control of the match for 90 minutes,” he said. “We had a lot of opportunities. So I am really very happy with the three points, very happy with the performance I think, but I am not very happy with the result. When it is time to kill the match, we have to kill the match.

“I think we played very well. We were in control of the match. It was difficult for everybody to play against us this evening. I hope we were so good and it’s not PAOK’s fault.

“I have seen five or six matches of PAOK and I think there are very good players,” he added. “For example the number 10, Dimitris Pelkas, I think he is a very good player. Maybe not in this match. But they have some good players.”

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