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CHE Vs MUN: Match Preview, Kick Off Time, Team News, And Possible Starting Lineup

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In a clash between two Premier League titans, Chelsea and Manchester United gear up to face each other at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night. Both teams find themselves under immense pressure, striving to salvage their European ambitions amidst a season fraught with challenges.

The anticipation for this encounter is amplified by the memory of their previous showdown, where Manchester United emerged victorious with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in December.

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Match Preview

Chelsea's recent performance against Burnley was emblematic of their season's struggles. Despite taking the lead twice, Mauricio Pochettino's men faltered, settling for a disappointing 2-2 draw. Pochettino expressed his disappointment, emphasizing the team's lack of 'heart and head' in what he deemed a crucial fixture.

Defensive vulnerabilities have plagued Chelsea throughout the season, reflected in their failure to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 matches across all competitions. Despite a promising home record, their history against Manchester United is bleak, with no league victories in their last 12 encounters.

Manchester United, meanwhile, faced a setback against Brentford, settling for a 1-1 draw despite Mason Mount's late goal. Erik ten Hag lamented his side's lackluster display, acknowledging that they did not deserve the win. With a significant gap to bridge for a Champions League spot, United cannot afford further slip-ups.

Kick Off Time

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The match is scheduled to kick off by 8:15 pm (GMT+1) on Thursday and will mark the 64th meetings between these two sides in the top-flight since the inception of the premier league.

Team News

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Injury concerns loom over both squads. Chelsea will be without key players such as Wesley Fofana and Reece James, while doubts persist over Malo Gusto and Ben Chilwell's fitness.

As for Man United, Victor Lindelof and Lisandro Martinez have been ruled out for "at least a month" with respective hamstring and calf injuries, and they join Luke Shaw (muscle), Anthony Martial (groin) and Tyrell Malacia (knee) in the treatment room.

Raphael Varane (unspecified), Altay Bayindir and Jonny Evans (both muscle) are all doubtful, but the former could be in a position to play alongside Harry Maguire in central defence, pending a late fitness test.

Casemiro and ex-Chelsea man Mount are both in contention to start in midfield, although Ten Hag may be tempted to stick with Scott McTominay alongside Kobbie Mainoo – the Scotsman scored twice in the reverse fixture against Chelsea.

Amad Diallo is available to return from suspension, but neither he or Antony are expected to displace Alejandro Garnacho or Marcus Rashford on the flanks.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:

Petrovic; Disasi, Silva, Badiashile, Cucurella; Caicedo, Fernandez; Palmer, Gallagher, Sterling; Jackson

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

Onana; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka; Mainoo, McTominay; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund

 
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