Easter Day Match Preview: Manchester United v Chelsea

Manchester United’s Premier League encounter against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Easter Sunday will kick off at 16:00 BST. The build-up to the game is awesome despite boss Jose Mourinho’s preference to winning the Europa League as another route to Europe.

After the European excursion in Belgium which netted a poor draw, it’s a quick turnaround and back to the bread and butter of the Premier League for the Red Devils this weekend, for what promises to be one of the toughest games of the campaign. Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are already looking the Premier League champions-elect, with a seven-point lead over second-placed Tottenham at the top of the table, and have been in formidable form for much of the season.

Mourinho will be hoping it’s third time lucky against his former club, after experiencing two defeats against the Blues this term, as the Red Devils seek to maintain the pressure on our top-four rivals with eight league games remaining. United were boosted by Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday night and head into the weekend just one place and four points behind Manchester City, who currently occupy fourth position. As is usually the case when these two heavyweights collide, it promises to be another thrilling battle and United will undoubtedly relish the challenge which awaits.

After Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first-leg draw against Anderlecht in Brussels what is in store for United? Will goalie David De Gea be back in the lineup? The Spaniard missed the Sunderland game with a minor hip problem and Sergio Romero continued his run of playing in most of this season’s Europa League ties against Anderlecht, when Antonio Valencia also returned after two games out. But Juan Mata misses out against his former club, while Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are also sidelined again through injury. Chelsea, meanwhile, have a clean bill of health and a full squad at their disposal.

Chelsea Football Club is an English professional football club based in Fulham, London, that competes in the Premier League. Founded in 1905, the club’s home ground since then has been Stamford Bridge.

The game with the Blues today promises to be a big match and I hope United triumph against the guys from London . . .

Up Man U!

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