English Premier League fans have a fascinating match on their hands this weekend as league leaders Chelsea host a Manchester United side on a terrible streak in a way that cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his job as a club coach.
The players camped inside the visiting locker room must bear their share of the blame for that and it will be interesting to see how they respond on this trip to Stamford Bridge. All eyes will be on this match.
Chelsea is the current pacemaker for the Premier League and there has been little in their recent form to suggest that they are about to slow down anytime soon.
The Blues won the Champions League last season by beating Manchester City in an all-English final and today they seem capable of winning the Premier League trophy, also fighting with the Cityzens.
A victory in their patch over a respected team like Manchester United would serve as a reminder that this team is serious about going all the way.
The Blues and Red Devils have served up some memorable games over the years and the Neutrals are hoping this will be another game packed with goals and talking points.
The most recent match involving Chelsea and Man Utd was played in February last season when the teams battled for a tense goalless final. Stats fans may be interested to know that each of the last two games involving Chelsea and Man Utd finished 0-0. Will we see a third goalless draw or will the teams finally find a way?
In the first twelve games of the season, Chelsea have stood out as the team to beat. Londoners have been in the lead from the start and show no signs of slowing down.
They are top of the table at this stage and fully deserve their high position. The results do not lie at this level and Chelsea have proven to be the strongest team.
They are heading into this home game with stats of nine wins and two draws to a single loss with an incredible 30 goals scored and just four conceded. That’s pretty impressive and if they can match that race through the winter, they could finish as solid champions.
The Blues have taken 13 of the last 15 points available to them with four wins and a draw. The replacement arrived just before the international break when Chelsea were surprised in this place by the humble Burnley, the Clarets left London with a share of the loot thanks to a 1-1 finish.
That was a match that Chelsea were expected to win by at least two clear goals, but took the lead in the 33rd minute thanks to a goal from Havertz. The Blues then appeared to look away from the ball and, after missing numerous opportunities to extend their lead, conceded late to a Vydra draw.
Since giving up two points at home to Burnley, the hosts have returned to winning ways and did so in style when they crushed Leicester City 3-0 at King Power Stadium last week.
They may have been delayed by the international break when qualifying groups for the World Cup across Europe concluded, but the players showed a determination to win and it paid off.
Goals from Rudiger, Kante and Pulisic ensured they went away. with the three points while increasing the pressure on Foxes. Chief Brendan Rodgers, who saw his men slide lower on the table.
A lot is happening at Manchester United in the minute after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking. Sections of the fans had been asking for their coach’s head for months, and four losses out of five in the Premier League turned sections of the crowd into the majority of the crowd.
The board, who had publicly endorsed the manager in recent weeks, finally grew weary and fired the former player. Now it moves on, leaving the club down in eighth place in the league table, a dozen points behind leaders Chelsea and six behind West Ham and the top four.
Man United brings season statistics of five wins and two draws against five losses, scoring, scoring 20 goals but conceding 21. Those numbers show that the Red Devils have leaked more goals than Burnley, who is third from the bottom of the table. and he’s stuck in the relegation zone, with the prospect of being relegated to the Championship in the spring.
That is alarming news for everyone involved in the club. Man Utd has taken a step back since finishing as runners-up in the Premier League and Europa League last season.
The final straw in terms of Ole losing his job was last weekend’s loss in London to Watford. The Hornets are struggling to win this season, and many expect them to spend much of the season battling relegation, but they had more than enough to beat United, despite David de Gea saving a 0-0 penalty.
Watford beat United 4-1, and it could have been more. The team has had some bad performances with Ole, but that was the worst. The board was left with no alternative but to change the manager after taking three points from the last 15 at the table.
Chelsea and Man Utd are often involved in tense battles, with both teams looking to hurt the other at halftime, punishing any mistakes.
In this game, however, we have a team flying high at the top of the table, watching every inch a champion this season with home advantage over an opponent who is going backwards, losing games and having to change coaches. If this match continued the form, it would produce an epic victory at home.
Man Utd is now in a transitional period, but it must do well. Players must now improve their game if they want to keep their place on the team. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes have carried passengers for far too long. Those that continue to underperform will likely be sold in January.