The Premier League is back this weekend which can only mean on thing, the blues are back in action!
Frank Lampard takes his Chelsea side to Old Trafford later today as the blues face Manchester United. However, what can we expect from our opposition and how are we likely to approach our next Premier League game?
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Telles; Fred, Pogba, Fernandes; Greenwood, Rashford
Mendy; James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho, Havertz; Pulisic, Mount; Werner
Man United come into the game at the weekend in great from following a 2-1 win vs PSG, in the opening set of fixtures in this year’s Champions League. However, if you take a closer look at their recent results, especially at home in the Premier League, they aren’t quite as impressive, embarrassingly losing to both Crystal Palace and Tottenham already this season. In terms of team selection, manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer will be encouraged by the performance of youngsters, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Axel Tuanzebe, who successfully managed to prevent Mbappe and Neymar from causing any danger in their Champions League tie.
Solskjaer can also turn to new signings, Alex Telles and Edison Cavani for this game, if needed. Just like Thiago Silva, Cavani also came from French giants, PSG on a free transfer, and although he is reaching the end of his career, United fans will welcome his winning mentality and experience amongst a youthful forward line of Martial, Greenwood and Rashford. Martial is, of course, out of contention from the game at the weekend, serving the second game of his suspension after his red card against Spurs for a challenge on Erik Lamela.
As for Chelsea, on the other hand, we come into the game against the Red Devil’s in poor form, with two draws in our last two games, after Southampton scored in the dying minutes in our last Premier League game. We also drew to Sevilla midweek, in our first Champions League game of the new season, in what was a lacklustre performance, however hopefully the clean sheet has sparked optimism, with stand out performances from many players in our defence.
Lampard will be looking to take all three points at Old Trafford, and I’m sure he will be looking for the creative spark we seemed to be missing against last year’s Europa League winners, Sevilla. Lampard mentioned in his press conference, that Thiago Silva and Mendy are fit for the game on Saturday, as is Hakim Ziyech, however his lack of fitness will most likely prevent him from starting the game in Manchester. Therefore, we might expect to see Mason Mount in the lineup again, with many fans criticising Lampard for continuing to name Mount in his first eleven, however hopefully he can prove his critics wrong, and show his energy and eye for goal at the weekend.