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Chelsea vs Manchester United prediction and discussing how Premier League fixture plays out today

Chelsea look to prove their title credentials yet further when they host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Thomas Tuchel has made significant strides in recent weeks with a signature win against Juventus in the Champions League midweek demonstrating a newfound cutting edge in attack.

While the Red Devils have been a level below the Blues this season, they appear dangerous after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, with newfound confidence from a 2-0 win over Villarreal in the Champions League midweek.

It will be the final opportunity for Michael Carrick to impress as interim manager, with Ralf Rangnick poised to take over for the remainder of the campaign.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match this afternoon:

When is Chelsea vs Manchester United?

How can I watch it?

Chelsea vs Manchester United will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Subscribers can stream the game live online via the Sky Sports website and Sky Go app.

What is the team news?

Chelsea will be without Ben Chilwell, who faces several months out with suspected ACL damage picked up against Juventus. N'Golo Kante is also set to miss out due to a knee injury suffered in the same fixture.

Mateo Kovacic is another doubt, while Kai Havertz has a hamstring strain.

The good news for the Blues is that Romelu Lukaku is primed to return.

Marcos Alonso and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will likely come in for Chilwell and Kante, though Tuchel could also use Cesar Azpilicueta as the left wing-back or at centre-back in place of Trevoh Chalobah.

United will miss Harry Maguire after his red card humiliation at Vicarage Road, with Raphael Varane's injury meaning Eric Bailly is due to start. Paul Pogba is a long-term absentee, with Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw and Mason Greenwood (Covid) all doubts.

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford will push for recalls after starting on the bench against Villarreal, with Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial at risk of dropping out.

Possible line-ups

Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Mount, Hudson-Odoi; Lukaku

Manchester United predicted XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; Fred, McTominay; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo

Odds

Chelsea : 4/7

Draw: 3/1

Manchester United: 5/1

Prediction

United have renewed momentum here after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure with Michael Carrick putting in the foundations for a 2-0 win at Villarreal. This game should suit United in terms of approach, with the visitors likely to spend long spells suffering without the ball. We’ll look to United being efficient on the break though with their star power able to snatch a point. 1-1.