When Chelsea and Manchester United typically meet at this point in the season, there are usually major implications in the Premier League title race. On this occasion, however, this game will mean far less to the clubs sitting atop the table than it usually does, as both Chelsea and United look more likely to be missing Europe altogether than they do to finish atop the English pile.
Guus Hiddink's side are still looking for a bit of good form, and while the Blues haven't lost in their last ten, they've not been overly impressive during that unbeaten run, drawing as often as they've taken three points. The interim manager doesn't look too keen on taking any big chances against a traditional English powerhouse, and has selected the following group on Super Bowl Sunday:
Chelsea team today: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Diego Costa. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 7, 2016
Chelsea subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore, Hazard. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 7, 2016
Meanwhile, United manager Louis van Gaal has opted for the following eleven, possibly giving the Blues a bit more respect than they've earned this season, based on the talent Hiddink has at his disposal:
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