Our match prediction:
Two fallen giants of English football square off at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, hoping to record a win that would improve their chances of salvaging the current season. Chelsea have been showing improvement since Guus Hiddink took over the reigns from Jose Mourinho, but they are still not looking like top 4 contenders, as witnessed by the somewhat disappointing performance in the goalless draw against Watford. Even if the hosts desperately need a win to keep their European hopes alive, we cannot really expect them to go all guns blazing at their rivals, but will rather adopt a cautious approach. Manchester United, on the other hand, have been blowing hot and cold throughout the season and back to back wins over Derby County and Stoke City are not enough to make us believe they have miraculously become a top side. The Red Devils could find it hard to extend the promising run at Stamford Bridge, but a low-scoring draw appears on the cards.
Highligted Player (Martial):
Anthony Martial is a French football player born on the 5th of December 1995 in Lyonnais. Martial started playing for CO Les Ulis before Olympique Lyonnais picked him up. After only 1 season playing for Olympique AS Monaco signed Martial for 3 seasons. After 2 seasons Manchester United transferred Martial for 50 million euro which makes Martial the most expensive teenage football player in the world. Right after Martial’s transfer to Manchester United he made his debut for the French national team on the 4th of September 2015. Martial is known for his speed and agility and being an easy scoring striker. Despite not having a lot of experience on the highest level of football Martial is showing to be very secure about his qualities. After the first couple of games playing for AS Monaco, Manchester United and the French national team Martial is showing to be able to handle the pressure. Anthony Martial didn’t won any big prizes for any of the teams he played for. If the young French striker continues his current form he will be one of the biggest football players in the upcoming years.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game. Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash. After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.