Chelsea vs. Manchester United Carabao Cup Round of 16 Preview

Time for some redemption!

Chelsea take on Manchester United in the Carabao Cup Round of 16 on Wednesday night as we look to seal a place in the quarter-finals. Manchester United sit 7th in the Premier League having won 3 games drawn 4 and lost 3. United beat Rochdale in the Round of 32 on penalties and have since won 2 of their 6 games. United’s most recent win came in the Premier League as they beat Norwich at Carrow Road 1-3 with an impressive performance by Martial but the opposition also has to be taken into account. Since United beat Chelsea in the first matchweek the teams have taken different paths. United have dropped points and struggled to win games while losing to weaker teams. Performing against the top teams has not been an issue for Ole and his team but it is the bottom teams where they have struggled. Either way League form is thrown out when the Cup games come around. 

Chelsea beat Grimsby 7-1 in the Round of 32 for what was Lampard’s first home win of the season and the Blues have since won all 6 of their games with several brilliant away performances taken into account. Chelsea have not been as free scoring at home as they have been away from home but this is a brilliant chance for the team and Lampard to set the record straight against United. 

Chelsea Team Preview

Since the game is against United one can expect some rotation but not as much as what came against Grimsby. Kepa should start in goal while Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, and Reece James should start in defence. Jorginho, and Gilmour should start in the midfield with Pulisic potentially playing in the number 10 role. Hudson-Odoi, Michy Batshuayi, and Pedro should start up front. The likes of Tammy, Willian, Mount, Kovacic should all be available off the bench if needed. 

Man United Team Preview

Martial is back for United but the likes of Pogba, and Shaw are still out injured. Ole is looking to patch a few wins up and so I expect a strong lineup against Chelsea with not many youth players featuring. 

Starting XI Prediction

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It might just be the Carabao Cup but it is a big game for both teams but for Chelsea it is a chance to set the record straight and show how much Lampard and Chelsea have improved since August. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!

 

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