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Chelsea vs Manchester United

Competition – Barclays Premier League

Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Date: 4th April 2024

Kick-off time – 20:15 GMT

Manchester United’s quest for European football next season continues this Thursday when they travel to London to face Chelsea.

Both sides are part of the Premier League’s traditional big six clubs but are struggling to keep up with the other big boys this season. Chelsea can’t seem to break beyond 10th position, while Man United are struggling to keep their place in sixth.

However, they meet on Thursday and both sides are desperate for a positive result that will brighten their mood and give their fans hope that a place in Europe next season is still possible.

Chelsea are the more desperate side as the Blues are eight points behind Man United with a game in hand. Yet, there seems to be little hope for Mauricio Pochettino’s side which failed to beat ten-man Burnley in their last game and twice failed to hold onto the lead against Vincent Kompany’s side.

They are unbeaten in five league games, though (W2, D3), and have also lost just one of their last eight Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge (W5, D2). However, continuing that record against Manchester United may be a tall order considering that Chelsea has won just one of the last 14 H2Hs (D7, L6). That sole victory came in the FA Cup in 2020 and the Blues’ last league victory over United came in November 2017 (D7, L5).

But Manchester may struggle against Chelsea as they did on their last visit to the capital. The Red Devils faced London club Brentford last weekend and performed poorly even though they nearly grabbed a winner. Manager Erik ten Hag admitted that their opponents showed “more passion, desire and determination” than his team, with the Dutchman again called into question after his side faced an almighty 31 shots in that game alone.

That’s been a theme of United’s season with only newcomers Sheffield United and Luton facing more attempts at goal across Europe’s traditional top-five leagues this term. Such a poor attitude to defending may put a hold to their Champions League ambitions for next season.

Still, United are likely to be confident as they head to the Bridge unbeaten in their last seven matches there (W3, D4).

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Premier League Fixtures:

April 20, 2024
Luton Town 15:00 Brentford
Sheffield United 15:00 Burnley
Wolverhampton Wanderers 19:30 Arsenal
April 21, 2024
Everton 13:30 Nottingham Forest
Aston Villa 15:00 AFC Bournemouth
Crystal Palace 15:00 West Ham United
Fulham 16:30 Liverpool
April 23, 2024
Arsenal 20:00 Chelsea
April 24, 2024
Wolverhampton Wanderers 19:45 AFC Bournemouth
Crystal Palace 20:00 Newcastle United
Everton 20:00 Liverpool
Manchester United 20:00 Sheffield United
April 25, 2024
Brighton & Hov… 20:00 Manchester City
April 27, 2024
West Ham United 12:30 Liverpool
Fulham 15:00 Crystal Palace
Manchester United 15:00 Burnley
Newcastle United 15:00 Sheffield United
Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00 Luton Town
Everton 17:30 Brentford
Aston Villa 20:00 Chelsea

Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Manchester City 32 22 7 3 76 32 +44 73
2 Arsenal 32 22 5 5 75 26 +49 71
3 Liverpool 32 21 8 3 72 31 +41 71
4 Aston Villa 33 19 6 8 68 49 +19 63
5 Tottenham Hotspur 32 18 6 8 65 49 +16 60
6 Newcastle United 32 15 5 12 69 52 +17 50
7 Manchester United 32 15 5 12 47 48 -1 50
8 West Ham United 33 13 9 11 52 58 -6 48
9 Chelsea 31 13 8 10 61 52 +9 47
10 Brighton & Hov… 32 11 11 10 52 50 +2 44
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 12 7 13 46 51 -5 43
12 Fulham 33 12 6 15 49 51 -2 42
13 AFC Bournemouth 32 11 9 12 47 57 -10 42
14 Crystal Palace 32 8 9 15 37 54 -17 33
15 Brentford 33 8 8 17 47 58 -11 32
16 Everton 32 9 8 15 32 48 -16 27
17 Nottingham Forest 33 7 9 17 42 58 -16 26
18 Luton Town 33 6 7 20 46 70 -24 25
19 Burnley 33 4 8 21 33 68 -35 20
20 Sheffield United 32 3 7 22 30 84 -54 16

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