Chelsea and Manchester United come into this encounter with both teams in great offensive nick. Chelsea just smashed 3 past champions Leicester City last weekend while Manchester United hit 4 past Fenerbahce in the Europa League; so this game has all the makings of an exciting encounter.
Chelsea under Conte have generally been quite good led by Diego Costa and Eden Hazard offensively, who have been on the ball so far this season. Costa is leading the league with 7 goals this campaign and will be aiming to add to his tally in this big encounter against the arch-rivals. Chelsea have seemed to improve defensively after the change to Conte’s preferred 3-5-2 formation; but goalkeeper Courtois, Cahill, Luiz and Matic very prone to making mistakes, it might lead them to be out of position and concede cheap goals as was seen in their game against Arsenal where they lost 3-0. Chelsea seemed to be struggling in the big games this season, aside from that Arsenal loss, they even lost 2-1 to Liverpool in front of their fans, so reputations will be out the window as the squad need to turn up a performance in this game.
Manchester United under Mourinho have been happy to turn up and take draws, but the problem becomes when they take draws against low tier opposition like Stoke and then losing 3-1 against Watford. Mourinho has since had a tight 0-0 draw with Liverpool and followed up with a confident 4-1 win against Fenerbahce in front of their home fans. Paul Pogba seems to have found his shooting boots and is expected to have an extended run in the side in the no.10 role with Mata dropping to the bench and Rooney who turned up late to London ahead of this game. This game seems fit for a big game player like Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stamp his authority on the game and with 2 big players like him and Costa; things will surely get interesting. Manchester United have shown defensively they can be vulnerable as they have leaked goals in 4 out of their last 5 Premier League encounters.