An undoubtedly massive clash awaits Chelsea once again this weekend, especially if Spurs beat Bournemouth in Saturday’s early kick-off, as they well should. That would close the gap (at least temporarily) to just four points between first and second once again, and while historically Chelsea done very well at Old Trafford, it’s tough for any team to beat Jose Mourinho three times in one season, regardless of circumstance.
Despite some of their more hilarious results (another draw on Thursday night, away at Anderlecht, for example), United have not lost a league match since getting run out of Stamford Bridge way back in October to the tune of 4-0. They’ve had far too many draws of course to make a serious play at the title, but one gets the feeling that even as he plays down the occasion, Mourinho really wants this win.
That might mean strength and height rather than any sort of razzle-dazzle, though it’s debatable whether any of that really would affect Conte’s lineup choices in any way. Chelsea have proven adaptable enough with largely the same starting eleven. But will it be the usual starting eleven?