On Sunday, Manchester United will face off against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in what is a must-win fixture if they want to keep on their pursuit of Manchester City for the top spot in the Premier League table.
However, as pointed out by ESPN’s Alex Shaw, supporters of the Red Devils shouldn’t be too excited, as the traveling side has an awful record at Stamford Bridge.
The statistic plots out United’s performances at the Bridge since 2002, and the 15 fixtures paint a sad picture. The Reds have been defeated by the Blues 9 times, while a sole point has been salvaged only 5 times. While the list is populated by a lonely win, that too doesn’t account for much, as it was against a Chelsea side that played with nine men.
This will certainly fuel the importance of the fixture, and if not for that, the state at which the two clubs sit in the table will. Chelsea are currently in the fourth position, tied on points with Arsenal and leading by goal difference. Only a single point separates them from third-placed Spurs.
If they are able to remain true to their record and win on Sunday, it will bring them within a point of United, and boost them back into a decisive position. Apart from the points, Antonio Conte will be eager to win and regain form to hit back at his critics, who were negative in the face of their 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League.
Mourinho’s men, on the other hand, will desire to renew their winning run, which has been lackluster ever since the draw against Liverpool. The defeat to Huddersfield was viewed by supporters as unnecessary, and so, the team will look to make amends here.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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