Chelsea's unbeaten start under Thomas Tuchel will be tested on Sunday, as Man United travel to Stamford Bridge
Sunday afternoon sees arguably the pick of the Premier League fixtures this weekend, as Chelsea host Manchester United with Thomas Tuchel hoping to extend his unbeaten start to life at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have won all but one of the games since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard, and turned over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League in midweek, courtesy of Olivier Giroud’s stunning overhead kick.
Man United meanwhile laboured to a largely dull goalless draw with Real Sociedad at Old Trafford, sealing their progression to the Europa League last 16, where they’ll face Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s AC Milan.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested a few key names for the visit of the Spaniards, with Harry Maguire and David De Gea set to return to the starting lineup when they travel to London in search of a win that will keep them second in the table.
Paul Pogba will miss out once again with a thigh injury, having only just returned to light training in the week, and both Donny Van De Beek and Edinson Cavani are serious doubts. The pair are both being given as long as possible to prove their fitness, so could be on the bench.
Scott McTominay and Daniel James are also slight doubts, so Shola Shoretire and Amad Diallo could be involved with the first team squad again, having both played cameo roles in the draw with Real Sociedad on Thursday.
As for Chelsea, Tuchel has only one player from his entire squad missing, with Thiago Silva still sidelined with a muscle injury suffered in the win over Tottenham.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James will once again contest the right wing-back role in Chelsea’s 3-5-2 system, with Mason Mount behind a front two of Timo Werner and Giroud. Ben Chilwell has barely kicked a ball under Tuchel, so Marcos Alonso is likely to continue on the other flank.
If Tuchel can record a seventh win from nine games, Chelsea will move above West Ham into fourth, unless the Hammers beat Manchester City on Saturday.
A win for United will see them keep up the pressure on neighbours Man City, although ten points seems massive with City currently dismantling everyone in their paths.
Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, February 28th. Kick-off is at 4.30pm.