Harry Gregg died yesterday at the age 0f 87. He was a hero in ways that shame our foolish modern-day lives, and it’s telling that most tributes dwelt even a lot more on his character than his great football ability.
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There’s no remember in the Chelsea aim for Kepa Arrizabalaga, with Willy Caballero keeping his spot. Tammy Abraham is hurt so Michy Batshuayi commences up front.
Eric Bailly plays for the initial time considering the fact that Manchester United’s match from Chelsea at Previous Trafford in April. Odion Ighalo is on the bench.
Chelsea (four-three-three) Caballero James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic Pedro, Batshuayi, Willian.
Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Zouma, Alonso, Tomori, Barkley, Mount, Giroud.
Manchester United (three-four-one-2) de Gea Bailly, Maguire, Shaw Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Matic, Williams Fernandes James, Martial.
Substitutes: Romero, Jones, Dalot, Mata, Pereira, Ighalo, Greenwood.
Referee Anthony Taylor.
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Hello there and welcome to stay coverage of Roy Keane v Jamie Carr… sorry, of Chelsea v Manchester United from Stamford Bridge. It is a rather large match, this, in the race for fourth/fifth/whichever spot will ensure a share of future season’s Champions League coin.
Chelsea are fourth at the moment, a stage ahead of Spurs in fifth and 6 ahead of United in ninth, but their home sort has been dodgy for most of the period. Southampton are the only other Premier League workforce to have picked up a lot more factors away than at home, and Chelsea failed to defeat ten-person Arsenal in their very last match at Stamford Bridge. What begun as a slight tactical dilemma is in risk of turning into a mental block. This would be a incredibly good time to get around it: in the future nine days they host Manchester United, Spurs and Bayern Munich.
Manchester United’s away sort isn’t exactly tickety-boo, either. They have managed twelve factors and twelve objectives in twelve league games, which is admirably symmetrical but a very little incongruous for a workforce whose main/only toughness is counter-attacking. But they have also gained twice at the Etihad, drew away to Liverpool at Previous Trafford and defeat Chelsea right here in the Carabao Cup.
Marcus Rashford scored equally objectives that night. Since his personal injury United have scored precisely no objectives in three league games. (Yes, they did defeat Tranmere six- in the FA Cup, but why don’t you behave oneself.) The new signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo will hope to modify that.
Kick off is at 8pm GMT.
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