Sunday, 23 October 2016

MATCH PREVIEW: HEAD-TO-HEAD STAT and FACT as Mourinho Returns To Stamford Bridge

Chelsea vs Manchester United: The return of Jose Mourinho To Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho will today face his former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with his United squad in a match that is tagged to be the test of the season to the two sides a they both battle to get their form in the Premier League.
Chelsea currently sit 5th position with 16-points on the table after 8-games played while Mourinho's United are 7th with 14-points. A win for Antnio Conte will see them level point with London rivals Tottenham who are currently 4th position.

Punditsport brings you the match stat and fact ahead of the Sunday clash and from the two managers sayings.

Willian and Oscar have returned to training after compassionate leave but Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic are again out with muscle injuries, and Kurt Zouma is still away from the squad since the injury he suffered last season.

Chris Smalling will be assess by the Manchester United medical team before the clash after he was forced off against Fenerbache with a muscle problem. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has recoverd from a thigh problem and may be available. Phil Jones is still out on injury.

  •  Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 league and cup games against Manchester United. (winning FIVE and drawing FIVE).
  •  Since 2002, Manchester United only Premier League win at Stamford Bridge (2-3) was four years ago in October 2012. 
  • There have been four red cards shown in the last six Premier League meetings at Stamford Bridge.
  • The only previous competitive games between sides managed by Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte was on 13th December 2009, when Antonio Conte's Atalanta held Mourinho's Inter Milan to a 1-1 draw. However, neither of the coach was on the bench as both were serving touchline bans.

Both managers have come out to speak to the press ahead of the game that will kick off today at '16:00'

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: "I want to see progress on Sunday compared with the Liverpool and Arsenal games and I am confident I will.
"It will be a tactical game on Sunday but the fans have a big part to play and can be an advantage.

"I have great respect for Jose Mourinho. He deserve a good reception. He was an important man for Chelsea and wrote part of the club's story."

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said "I don't have to analyse Chelsea's start to the season but, when you look at the table and you see where they are, in the middle positions, it cannot be bad.

"I knew that working in England, staying in the Premier League, I will sooner or later, have to play against Chelsea and I would have to go to Stamford Bridge. The computer has decided that I have to go now, so we go."

 Referee Martin Atkinson is appointed to be the center man of the game at Stamford Bridge.



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