MANCHESTER UNITED VS CHELSEA: 21 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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Ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United later today at Old Trafford, here are 21 things you should know

1. Manchester United are without a win in eight Premier League games against Chelsea (D4 L4); their longest ever winless streak against a single opponent in the competition.

2. Chelsea, meanwhile, are looking to achieve a league double over Manchester United for the first time since the 2009-10 season under Carlo Ancelotti.

3. A win for Chelsea would see Antonio Conte become the fourth Chelsea boss to record a Premier League double over the Red Devils, after Glenn Hoddle in 1993-94, Jose Mourinho in 2004-05 and the aforementioned Ancelotti in 2009-10.

4. Mourinho has lost both games against his former club since taking over at Manchester United, conceding five goals and failing to score in both. This will be his first game against them as the home side, however.

5. The Red Devils have scored just three goals in their last 10 games against Chelsea in all competitions (an average of 0.3 per game).

6. N’Golo Kante has netted each of Chelsea’s last two goals against the Reds in all competitions – they are his only goals in 34 appearances for Conte’s side.

7. Manchester United’s Premier League unbeaten run now stands at 21 matches (W11 D10 L0) – the joint 10th longest unbeaten run in the history of the competition.

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been involved in 18 goals in his last 17 Premier League appearances (13 goals, 5 assists) for Manchester United.

9. Chelsea have won as many points this season as it took to win the league exactly 20 years ago (Manchester United with 75 points in 1996-97).

10. Of the six sides to have won 75-plus points after 31 Premier League games, only one (Manchester United in 2011-12) have failed to go on and win the title. Chelsea had 78 points in 2005-06 and 80 points in 2004-05 at this stage under Mourinho, successfully claiming the title in both seasons.

11. Manchester United have won just six of their 16 league games at home this season (37.5 per cent win percentage), their worst home win rate in a campaign since 1973-74 (33.3 per cent).

12. The Blues are seeking to maintain our unbeaten record in all competitions this season outside of London.

13. Our current run outside of the capital city (since we lost at Sunderland on 7 May) is 15 games.

14. Antonio Conte’s side need 15 points from a possible 21 to become Premier League champions and seven points to secure Champions League qualification for 2017/18.

15. The Blues are 36 points better off compared with results against the equivalent opposition last season.

16. Antonio Conte’s side have scored the opening goal more times than any other Premier League team this season (25). We have won 21, drawn three and lost one when we have done so.

17. Chelsea have not kept a clean sheet in the Premier League for nine matches.

18. Antonio Conte has used the fewest number of players (21) in the Premier League this season.

19. Chelsea and Manchester United lock horns for the 50th time in the Premier League. The 49 games so far are compiled of 17 wins, 19 draws and 13 defeats.

20. Diego Costa’s next goal will be his 50th in the Premier League.

21. Kurt Zouma’s next start will be his 50th for the Blues.

 

Source: Opta via Daily Mail & Chelsea FC

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