- Nothing comes bigger than this when 2 top quality teams fight for a trophy. This will be the 14th FA cup clash between Chelsea and Manchester United. Chelsea have one each of their last four battles in FA Cup against United including the final last season. On the other hand, United have lost three of their last five FA cup ties against Chelsea away from home. Manchester United have won just two of the last 22 away games against Chelsea. This is enough to motivate them to get a win given they are already in a fine form under their new manager Ole. Whereas Chelsea have the chance to become the first team to knock out United in five consecutive FA cup ties.
Chelsea – Its Sarri who will be the most nervous person during the match. After a terrible loss against Manchester City Sarri might lose his job if Chelsea fails to perform against Manchester United. Next few days will be very tight for him as they are still in the fight for Europa league beating Malmo in the first leg, they now face United and next week Manchester City in the League Cup final. They have some busy schedule and it will be tough time for Sarri and company. No such major injuries and suspensions for Chelsea as big players like Eden Hazard, Morata, David Luiz all are available to face United.
Manchester United – They have found consistency under Ole, going unbeaten in his last 11 games in all competitions. But their fine run of form had to be paused when PSG won 2-0 in the first leg of Champions League. Ole don’t want his side to be affected after their recent loss in the Champions League, he wants his men to be confident in this crucial FA Cup tie. Another worry that cropped up in United is that both Martial and Lingard are out of the squad due to injuries. Ole is still expecting his side to come out on top despite missing those key players. Beating Chelsea will be a perfect reply to their loss in the champions league.
Chelsea – WLWLW.
Manchester United – WDWWL.
Head to Head: In their last 5 meetings in all competitions, both of the teams have won 2 lost 2 and drew one game.
Key players :
Chelsea – Hazard, Kante, Jorginho, Caballero.
Manchester United – Pogba, Lukaku, Rashford, Romero.
Chelsea– Caballero, Christensen, D.Luiz, Emerson, Azpillcueta; Barkley, Ampadu, Kante; Hazard, Morata, Hudson.
Manchester United – Romero, Shaw, Lindelof, Bailey, Young; Pogba, Matic, Herrera; Rashford, Lukaku, Mata.
Fantasy tips for the game:
Cabellero– Having played 2 matches so far in this competition, he has managed to save all the shots he faced. Getting a clean sheet in both the matches, he makes a starter in your fantasy team line up.
L. Shaw– The 23 year old has started all of the Premier League appearances. Having 84% passing accuracy and winning 30tackles he should be in your starting 11. With him and Bailey combining, your defence will be strong enough to face any challenge.
Bailey– With 86% passing accuracy and winning most of his duels, he should be in ur starting XI.
D. Luiz– The Brazilian have created 13 chances in 25 appearances while winning 22 tackles out of 29 this season. He has been passing the ball forward superbly helping its teammates to score some goals.
Azpilicueta– Making2 appearances (one from the bench) in FA cup, he is a must in your fantasy team. Out of 3 crucial tackles he have won it all. Combining with David Luiz your overall defence will be of fine quality.
Barkley– Starting both the matches in FA Cup, he has 93% of passing accuracy creating 3 chances in two matches. He is one of the starters in Sarri’s side and should be in your playing XI team.
Kante– The World Cup winner Kante have netted 3 goals in the Premier League with 89% of passing accuracy. Creating 29 chances for his team he has assisted 4 goals. He is most likely to start the game and would be perfect in controlling his area.
Pogba– He needs no introduction on why he should be in your playing 11. He has been playing some fine football under his new manager Ole, with having 84% of passing accuracy.
Matic– The unsung hero of Manchester United have 87% of passing accuracy. Winning 101 duels this season while passing the ball forward dangerously is what likely you might think in your midfield.
Hazard – Sarri likes to rest his big players in this competition but Hazard might start as they face Manchester United. He has netted 10 goals this season with 12 assists to his name. With 30 shots on target out of 40 he should be present in your fantasy team.
Rashford– The 21 year old young sensation is an easy pick for your fantasy team. Scoring 10 goals in all competitions he has created 23 chances for his side. He is more likely to start the match and will fancy himself to score a goal.
Tournament – FA Cup.
Home team- Chelsea
Away team- Manchester United.
Stadium – Stamford Bridge.
Kick-off – Tuesday, 19th feb 2019 at 1:00am IST.