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Chelsea v Manchester United predicted line-ups

PREMIER LEAGUE By Robert Abong'o | February 28th 2021
Man United and Chelsea players after the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, Manchester [Courtesy]

Fifth will face second as Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge in what is expected to be a mouth-watering Premier League clash.

Since appointing new manager Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea are unbeaten in eight consecutive matches and have recently picked up the pace – a dramatic win away to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League testimony of how brilliant they have become.

Manchester United, on the other hand, boast a month-long unbeaten run in all competitions but face the challenge of closing the 10-point gap on Premier League leaders and ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City, who made it 20 straight wins win a 2-1 win against West Ham.

Thiago Silva will miss in Chelsea’s backline after picking up a thigh injury against Tottenham earlier this month.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Chelsea - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - October 24, 2020 Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka in action with Chelsea's Ben Chilwell [Pool via REUTERS/Oli Scarff]

“Thiago cannot play on Sunday. He did an individual session today, on the pitch, and it was big progress and step ahead upfront for him so I hope he will join the group next week,” Tuchel said.

Solskjaer’s men could miss the services on Scott McTominay in midfield following his withdrawal in the 4-0 win away at Real Sociedad in the Europa League. The Scotland international also missed the second leg.

Edinson Cavani is also a huge doubt for the fixture, with Frenchman Paul Pogba a definite absentee due to a thigh injury. Donny van de Beek could make a return after sitting out of the last two fixtures.

Manchester United's Edinson Cavani [Pool via REUTERS/Oli Scarff]

Here are the predicted line-ups according to Standard Sports. 

Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, James, Kovacic, Kante, Alonso, Mount, Abraham, Werner.

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Bailly Shaw, Fred, Matic, Rashford, Fernandes, Martial, James.

The match kicks off at 7:30 East African Time (EAT).

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