The final direct clash between two of the sides chasing third or fourth position is drawing close. Club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview of the game at Old Trafford with key facts and figures...
Chelsea In Numbers
Chelsea have lost our last six Premier League away games against fellow ‘big six’ opponents, including all four this season by an aggregate score of 1-13. Our last away win was nine games ago against Tottenham at Wembley in August 2017.
Our official betting partner William Hill are offering odds on Chelsea breaking this run with the following Blues win bets:
Chelsea to win - 17/10
Chelsea to win and both teams to score - 7/2
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Our recent away league record is five defeats without scoring and two wins in our last seven.
Chelsea have not gone three Premier League games without a win since September 2016. Following that previous run, the Blues went on a 13-game winning streak in the competition.
Thirty-two per cent of Chelsea’s goals in the Premier League this season have been scored in the final 15 minutes.
One of those late goals was in the home meeting with Manchester United, action from which can be viewed again here...
Chelsea have recorded 14 clean sheets this season; only Liverpool (19) and Man City (18) have kept more in the Premier League.
We have conceded the fewest Premier League goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season (4).
Seven of the last 11 goals we have conceded have come in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.
Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 10 of Chelsea’s 23 Premier League away goals this season (five goals, five assists), double that of any other player at the club (Ross Barkley is five).
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Eden Hazard to Score and Chelsea to win – 7/2, enhanced from 3/1
Hazard to score two or more goals – 10/1
Last six games
Premier League scorers
Hazard 16 (4 pens), Pedro 8, Loftus-Cheek 5, Morata 5, Kante 4, Higuain 4, Barkley 3, Willian 3, David Luiz 2, Giroud 2, Jorginho 2 (1 pen), Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Rudiger 1, own-goals 2
League games since
An away win: 1
An away draw: 14
An away defeat: 0
Chelsea’s next three games
Thursday 2 May - Eintracht Frankfurt v Chelsea - Europa League
Sunday 5 May - Chelsea v Watford - Premier League
Thursday 9 May - Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt
Davide Zappacosta’s next appearance will be his 50th for Chelsea in all competitions.
Kepa Arrizabalaga and Ross Barkley will also make their 50th Chelsea appearance in all competitions should they play against Man United.
William Hill are offering these odds on Kepa and Ross celebrating that milestone in appropriate fashion
Ross Barkley to score any time - 18/5
Chelsea to win and keep a clean sheet - 7/2
Chelsea to keep a clean sheet – 5/2
MAN UNITED IN NUMBERS
Formed 1878 (as Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway FC)
20 League championships, last in 2013
12 FA Cups, last in 2016
5 League Cups, last in 2017
21 FA Charity/Community Shields (incl 4 shared), last in 2016
3 European Cups, last in 2008
1 Europa League in 2017
1 European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991
1 UEFA Super Cup in 1991
1 Intercontinental Cup in 1999
1 FIFA Club World Cup in 2008
Man United have only lost five (three against Man City) of their last 63 Premier League games at Old Trafford in a run going back to February 2016.
Against City, United suffered their first home defeat in their last 15 home league games (nine wins, five draws).
However, the Red Devils have kept just two clean sheets at Old Trafford in the league this term; no side has kept fewer.
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Manchester United are without a clean sheet in 12 consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since August 1971.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have won fewer points (six) than any other side in meetings between the ‘big six’ this season, failing to win any of their four home games so far.
This season they have won 35 points from a possible 51 at home winning 10 against Leicester, Newcastle, Everton, Fulham, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Brighton, Southampton, Watford and West Ham.
The Red Devils have lost seven of their past nine games in all competitions.
Manchester United have conceded 50 league goals this season, their most ever in a Premier League campaign, last conceding more in 1978/79 (63).
United have lost three games against London sides in the Premier League this term. They last lost more in a top-flight campaign in 1989/90 when Arsenal, Charlton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Tottenham beat them.
Man Utd have scored nine penalties in the Premier League this season; only Crystal Palace (10) have more.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Days in charge: 130
Solskjaer's managerial record against Chelsea
Premier League scorers
Pogba 13 (7 pens), Lukaku 12, Martial 10 (1 pen), Rashford 10, Lingard 4 (1 pen), Herrera 2, Mata 2, Young 2, Fred 1, Lindelof 1, Matic 1, McTominay 1, Pereira 1, Sanchez 1, Shaw 1, Smalling 1.
MANCHESTER UNITED’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Wednesday 24 April
Manchester United 0 Manchester City 2
Team 5-3-2: De Gea; Young (c), Darmian (Sanchez 83), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Pereira (Lukaku 72), Fred, Pogba; Rashford, Lingard (Martial 83).
Booked: Pereira, Shaw
League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 4
A home defeat: 0
There are no suspensions.
From this season yellow cards count only for the competition in which they are received. The deadline for suspension for accumulating 10 bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing 15 cautions before the before the end of the season to escape a three match ban.
Premier League bookings
Jorginho 7, RUdiger 7, Alonso 6, Azpilicueta 4, David Luiz 3, Kante 3, Morata 3, Arrizabalaga 2, Hazard 2, Kovacic 2, Pedro 2, Barkley 1, Christensen 1, Fabregas 1, Giroud 1, Willian 1
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Martin Atkinson has only been the referee in one Blues game in 2019 which was our 2-1 home win against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final at the Bridge. The other three in the first half of the season were against Arsenal at home, Tottenham away in the league and Watford away on Boxing Day.
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