There are two big matches coming up on Sunday, 25th of Feb, 2018 in the English League. While Man United host Chelsea in the second leg of an EPL encounter, Arsenal and Man City will tussle for supremacy in the final match of EFL at Wembley. While the match at Old Trafford may not change anything as far as the Premier League title is concern, the fight for top four finish and famous rivalry between the two makes the fixture an interesting one.
In the other game, Arsenal will be looking to add another silverware to their Community Shield while City’s hope for a treble may have been ruined by Wigan in FA Cup, Guardiola would want to relish at least a double this season.
For the famous fixture between Man United and Chelsea at Old Trafford, here are some important facts and stats you need to know about the fixture.
THE BIG STATS
Since 2013, when Ferguson retired and left the post of manager at Manchester United, they have only recorded one win against Chelsea and that came from the 2-0 win at Old Trafford in April, 16, 2017. Chelsea had since beaten United six times.
Chelsea travel to Manchester for the first of two games in the coming week (they have City next), knowing that if they fail to get at least one good result, the chances of being the Premier League (PL) runners-up will significantly dwindle.
United, on the other hand, could make the distance between the teams six points with a win at Old Trafford. If they do so, it would be only the second time in the last 14 head to head matches they have managed to beat Chelsea (W1, D5, L8).
United will definitely try to make the most of their impressive home form, where only Man City have won all season (W15, D2, L1). In 13 PL home matches, David de Gea has only conceded five goals!
Chelsea got back to winning ways in the PL with a 3-0 win against West Brom last round, but fans are probably not completely confident in their team just yet, after suffering heavy defeats against Bournemouth (0-3) and Watford (1-4) in recent weeks.
Key battle: In between calling each other “clown”, “fake”, “little man” and making fun of receding hairlines, alleged senile dementia and other interesting things, the managerial duel between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte has rapidly developed to be one of PL’s fiercest. On the pitch, however,
Conte so far holds the upper hand between them (W3, L1).
Stat attack: All five of the last head to head matches at Old Trafford have ended with under 2.5 goals, both teams have scored in just one of those five.
United have kept a clean sheet in ten out of 13 home matches this season. Chelsea have scored at least one goal in 11 of 13 away – in fact they score more goals on the road than at home.
In the last five PL matches between the clubs, there has been 24 yellow cards (4.8 on average) awarded.