Manchester United and Chelsea will keep their battle to claim the remaining two slots of the top four on the Premier League that will guarantee their qualification to play in the Champions League next season aside, when they lock horns in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
One point separate Chelsea (third) and United (fifth) in their chase for Champions League qualification but that will guarantee their qualification to play in the Champions League next season aside, when they lock horns in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
One point separate Chelsea (third) and United (fifth) in their chase for Champions League qualification but for both sides to play in the final of the FA Cup will be on the minds of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard now.
The Red Devils are the most in-form team in England, most recently and will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to 20 matches when they face Chelsea on Sunday.
The Blues have won three of their last five matches but will want to amend their bad record against United, having lost three times to them already this season in the league and the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea will be without N’Golo Kante after failing to beat a hamstring injury while Billy Gilmour remains sidelined after knee surgery. Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams are doubtful to start for United because of injuries.
The Blues have won 12 of their last 15 FA Cup semi-final matches while the Red Devils have progressed from 15 of their last 17 FA Cup semi-final games.
Chelsea have won four of their last five FA Cup ties against Manchester United, losing the most recent encounter last season.
Chelsea’s Ross Barkley has scored (3) or assisted (1) a goal in all four of his FA Cup appearances for the Blues this season.
Odion Ighalo is Manchester United’s top scorer in the FA Cup this season (3). The Nigerian has scored four goals in his last five starts in the competition.
Manchester United have already beaten Chelsea three times this season (2x league, 1x League Cup). Only once has a team won four games against the Blues in a single season, with Man Utd doing so in 2010-11.
All statistics from www.thefa.com
Manchester United form guide in the Premier League: W-W-W-D-W
Norwich form guide in the Premier League: L-W-W-L-W
6:00 PM Nigerian Time
Date: Sunday July 19, 2020
Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea
Reporter: Baatee Barinaa-iyalo