The next round of the Carabao Cup will be shortly upon us and Stamford Bridge shall welcome Manchester United. This is certainly an electric match-up this early in the competition.
Their meeting in the Premier League at the start of the season saw United receive premature clout for winning 4-0 at Old Trafford. Since then, Frank Lampard’s lads have tried to turn their fortunes around and now fare better than their Mancunian rivals.
Here’s how the two teams will likely lineup for the classic encounter.
The Blues have a lengthy injury list comprising of Ruben Loftus Cheek, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Charly Musonda, and Marco van Ginkel as well as knocks to Ngolo Kante and Ross Barkley.
Incidentally, this meeting has the possibility of being a tie-breaker with regard to the head-to-head appearances of the two sides with each team having 10 wins apiece.
As of such, Lampard is bound to stick to his youthful formula and hope to continue Chelsea’s impeccable recent form as he too is one the lookout for silverware to boost his inaugural season in charge.
Defenders: Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso
Midfielders: Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount
Forwards: Batshuayi, Giroud, Abraham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated that a youthful presence may dot this side. Injures still limit the likes of Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah from playing a role in the game.
Impressive youth left-back Brandon Williams and midfielder James Garner are expected to be assured starts for the game.
Although it will be a tough outing, Solskjaer will be hoping for a win to both cement his rejuvenated away form as well as keep silverware hopes alive for the season.
Defenders: Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Jones, Williams
Midfielders: Garner, Fred
Forwards: James, Pereira, Rashford; Martial