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Man Utd vs Chelsea Preview: Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Predicted Score

The first big clash of the new Premier League season takes place tonight as Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford. Here’s a preview for the game.

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The first big clash of the new Premier League season takes place tonight as Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford.

The match will mark David Moyes’ first game in charge in front of his home supporters and the Scot will be hoping to strike an early blow to Chelsea in the title race.

United strolled to their 20th league title last season but with Sir Alex Ferguson retiring and Jose Mourinho returning to the hot seat at Stamford Bridge, this season promises to be a much closer affair.

The defending champions got off to an excellent start after beating Swansea 4-1 last weekend with strikers Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck both bagging braces, so Moyes will be hoping for more of the same tonight.

However, Chelsea are already setting the pace after victories over Hull City and Aston Villa left them leading the hosts by three points and the gap could be extended to six if the Blues manage to leave Manchester with a win this evening.

Team News

David Moyes has hinted that Wayne Rooney may be recalled to the starting eleven after coming off the bench to set up two goals last weekend. The striker is unsettled at Old Trafford and has been targetted by todays opposition, but after getting another full weeks training under his belt it looks as though he will start against his suitors tonight.

United will have to make do without the services of Rafael after the Brazilian was ruled out for four weeks with a hamstring problem. Nani, Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez are also out.

Chelsea will be without David Luiz as the defender continues to nurse a hamstring problem, but he could be back to face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup on Friday.

Mourinho is expected to rotate his strike-force once again with Romelu Lukaku expected to start ahead of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea: The two giants will cancel each other out in an entertaining 1-1 draw.

What would be your preferred starting eleven and what’s your score prediction? Share your views below.

55 Comments

55 Comments

  1. machena

    August 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    man u line up 4 me. Defender. Jones. Rio. Vidic. Evra. Midfiled. Carick. Kagawa. Zaha. Gigs. Front. Rooney nd rvp..

  2. Abukar

    August 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    As a blue fan i would like chelsea to line-up like this;cech,ivanovic,Azpilicueta,cahill,cole,Ramires,lampard,mata,oscar,Hazard and Torres infront.p/z defenders have close eyes on van persie,don’t give time and space and cut off all the sources to him.man united always hate ground ball,play ground and their central defenders are very old and heavy pass them with one- two pass.avoid unnecessary crosses, they are good at clearing.man u also like playing deep and taking counter attacks so i argue chelsea to defend at once and take counter attacks when necessary.

  3. akinde abayomi

    August 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    man u 1 vs chelsea 2

  4. Agidi Sunday

    August 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    As a Chelsea fan i would like the line up to go this way. Cech, Ivanovi, Terry, Cahi, Cole, Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Lampard, De bruyn and Torres.

  5. oniyhde yusuf

    August 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    God help chelsea 2 day

  6. Agidi Sunday

    August 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Man. Utd 0 vs Chelsea 2

  7. Amos

    August 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Chelsea likely line up
    czec, ivanovic, cahil, terry, A. cole, mikel, ramires, hazard, oscar, kelvin and lukaku.
    Formation: 4:2:3:1.

  8. oniyhde yusuf

    August 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    man u1 vs chelsea 3

  9. Adejo Ameh

    August 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Chelsea 2 man u 0. Up d blues

  10. muritala

    August 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    man utd 0 chelsea 3

  11. Rabiu saheed abidemi

    August 26, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Man u 1 -3 Chelsea.Chelsea will lineup cech’invernic, terry’chaill’cole, mikel’ramires, OScar,matar,hazard,lukaku

  12. Ben

    August 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Chelsea without Mikel is dead. However,whatever,it’s their business.

  13. Rex

    August 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Chelsea 2 man u 1

  14. Obinna

    August 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahil, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Lukaku. Sub.. Schwarzar, Ceazer A., Bertrand, Lampard, De Bruyne, Essien, Ba, Andre .S

  15. AUSTIN

    August 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Chelsea will,will 2 zero

  16. idiahsamson

    August 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Chelsea should go all out and show them dat we have a new ratation 3 1 it will ended

  17. tolani opeyemi

    August 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Man united: david degea, fadinand, vidic, jones, evra, carick, kagawa, welbeck, ryan gigs, rooney, rvp. Wit 4 3 3 formation, wit all dis man united will com out wit gud point, i predict man united 3 chelse 1.

  18. operoyal

    August 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    As a chelsea fans i would likely line up like cech,ivanovic,chail,azplicuta,a.cole,mikel,ramires,mata,oscar,hazard,toress

  19. @michael

    August 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    i tink we need mikel in dat team

  20. Alli sumaila

    August 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Man u 3 chealse 1

  21. Nkem

    August 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Chelsea 2
    v man u 1

  22. chi boy

    August 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    blues use cech, cahil, ivanovic, terry, or (mikel), cole, mata, ramires, lampard, oscar, hazard, lukaku, gaols man 1 blues 2

  23. davies

    August 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    manu 0vs3 chelsea. Line up 4 chls. Cole,terry,ivanonic,cahil,mikel,ram”s,hazard,de-b,oscar,torres

  24. Tijani tunde

    August 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    chelsea win wit 3 1 over man utd.

  25. Ajala Oluwasheyi

    August 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    My own preferred line up cech, ivanovic,cahill, terry, cole,mikel-ramires,hazard-mata-debrune, lukaku then half time oscar for debrume torres or ba for lukaku essien for ramires I think that’s the best formation to use. Blues for life.

  26. Osundeyi Adekunle

    August 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Man utd 3 – 1 chelsea

  27. Ajasa

    August 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    4 my own opinion shcwaza,ceaser iva,cahi,mikel,ramires,hazard,mata,oscar lukaku

  28. Ajala Oluwasheyi

    August 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Mourinho should show them we are fit to beat and better even than them without rooney

  29. chukwuemeka okafor

    August 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Chelsea 5 vs Man u 1

  30. don-samtx

    August 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Chelsea Line Up Cech, Azilipicueta,Ivanovic,Terry,A.cole,Mike,Remires,Shurriel,Oscar,Hazard,Lukaku. man u 0-1 chelsea.. #Oscar will be the scorer..!!!

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