Here’s a game we’ve all been looking forward to since weeks now, with Chelsea hosting Manchester United in their 5th Round FA Cup match at Stamford Bridge. While we would usually hold Chelsea as favourites, lets remember that Man United are on a hot run under Ole Solksjaer, and they are playing with much more flexibility than the Blues, who are under Maurizio Sarri. Solksjaer will be without a few players but he will still have plenty of options for tonight’s encounter.
- Tournament: FA Cup Round 5
- Date: 19th February 2019, 1am IST
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Capacity: 41,000+
Form (recent first)
- Chelsea – W W L W L W
- Manchester United – W W D W W L
- Chelsea have won all 4 previous FA Cup matches against Man United
- United have won just two of their last 22 away games against Chelsea
- No team has eliminated Chelsea in the FA Cup more times than united – 10 times!
For a first, I’m reporting a team that has no injuries or suspensions coming into a football match. That’s one huge boon for Chelsea. However, there are a few like Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is questionable, missing the last game due to a back injury. Gary Cahill and Danny Drinkwater will be assessed prior to the game, so I’d keep all these three away from my fantasy football or Dream11 teams.
Recently, the Reds suffered their first major setback against PSG, where their Champions League hopes came to an end after a 0-2 loss. However, they have been impeccable otherwise. They are without two main players in this game – Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, both of who suffered injuries in the PSG game. Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia are still on the sidelines, while Marcus Rojo seems fit, but he may not make the starting eleven.
Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are going to be Chelsea’s biggest headaches in this game, while Eden Hazard will be raring to go for the Blues. Transfer market rumours say United is all set to make David de Gea the highest paid goal keeper in the league, but will he play today? Or is Sergio Romero going to be in the goal? Romero is our pick. X-factor: Alexis Sanchez has displayed some poor form but Solksjaer is confident there is a lot good to come from this main striker.
My fantasy eleven:
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