How will starting lineups look for Chelsea v. Man United?

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A monster clash takes place at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as Chelsea host Manchester United (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in west London.

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With Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho having plenty of injury concerns of late, how will both teams line up?

Let’s project the lineups for both teams below.


Chelsea

—– Courtois —–

—- Rudiger —- Luiz —- Cahill —-

—- Azpilicueta —- Kante —- Drinkwater —- Alonso —-

—- Pedro —- Morata —- Hazard —-

Manchester United

—– De Gea —-

—- Valencia —- Bailly —- Jones —- Darmian —-

—– Matic —- Herrera —-

—– Young —- Mkhitaryan —- Rashford —-

—– Lukaku —–

Conclusions

Defensively Chelsea have had plenty of problems this season and Victor Moses being out has often meant Cesar Azpilicueta shifting to right wing-back from center back. That has caused plenty of problems with Antonio Rudiger, Gary Cahill and David Luiz all guilty of shaky performances, especially during Chelsea’s 3-0 hammering at Roma in the Champions League in midweek.

In midfield N'Golo Kante is highly likely to return which would be a huge boost for Chelsea’s defensive unit but it will be intriguing to see who lines up alongside him in central midfield. Tiemoue Bakayoko is the more defensive option but he has struggled to adjust to the pace of the PL, while Cesc Fabregas’ attacking instincts may see him get the nod for such a huge game. It is believed Danny Drinkwater may start alongside Kante in midfield (just like the Leicester days) to try and shut down United’s attack. In attack the trio of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Alvaro Morata has been working well for Chelsea but Morata has been guilty of missing gilt-edged chances and speaking out of line lately.

As for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho doesn’t want to talk about injury concerns (honest), but he will be without Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again for this clash. Mourinho could go for a 3-4-3 formation just like he did against Tottenham last week, but it seems likely he will revert to a 4-2-3-1 with Rashford and Young out wide to give plenty of cover to his full backs.

The big question in attacking midfield will be if Henrik Mkhitaryan keeps his place ahead of Juan Mata or if United’s lineup has a slightly more defensive look with another defensive midfielder included. Daley Blind could perhaps slot in to do a job in defense of midfield depending on the formation.

Schedule for Premier League giants on U.S. tours

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Four Premier League giants are heading to the USA and it all kicks off this week.

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Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are all heading Stateside to prepare for the upcoming 2018/19 PL campaign, with Liverpool clashing with both Manchester City and Manchester United over the next 10 days.

We will keep you up to date right here at Pro Soccer Talk as to how their preparations are going in the USA.

Here’s where you can watch all of the Premier League teams in action Stateside this summer.


Liverpool
22 July v Borussia Dortmund (Bank of America Stadium, North Carolina)
25 July v Manchester City (MetLife Stadium, New Jersey)
28 July v Manchester United (Michigan Stadium)

Manchester City
20 July v Borussia Dortmund (Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago)
25 July v Liverpool (MetLife Stadium, New Jersey)
28 July v Bayern Munich (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami)

Manchester United
19 July v Club America (Phoenix University Stadium, Arizona)
22 July v San Jose Earthquakes (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara)
25 July v AC Milan (Rose Bowl Stadium, LA)
28 July v Liverpool (Michigan Stadium)
31 July v Real Madrid (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami)

Tottenham Hotspur
25 July v Roma (SDCCU Stadium, San Diego)
28 July v Barcelona (Rose Bowl Stadium, LA)
31 July v AC Milan (US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis)

PHOTOS: 2018-19 Premier League jerseys

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There are just 24 days to go until the new Premier League season kicks off and 19 of the 20 teams have released at least one new jersey.

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With so many fresh kits out there, it’s tough to pick a favorite but take a good look through all of the new threads below.

These are all of the confirmed new Premier League jerseys for the 2018/19 campaign.


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Bournemouth


Brighton & Hove Albion


Burnley


Chelsea


Cardiff City


Crystal Palace


Everton


Fulham


Huddersfield Town


Leicester City


Liverpool


Manchester City


Manchester United


Newcastle United


Southampton


Tottenham Hotspur

Not yet released


Watford


West Ham United


Wolverhampton Wanderers

How can Chelsea, Arsenal challenge for the title?

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There are just 24 days until the 2018/19 Premier League season kicks off.

So, now seems like a good time to continue to focus on what the big boys need to do in order to challenge for the title and the top four.

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We’ve already focused on the top two from last season and what each of Manchester City and Manchester United need to do to get better, and Tottenham and Liverpool’s quest to remain among the top four.

But what about London giants Chelsea and Arsenal? They both finished outside the top four last season and they both have new managers heading into the new campaign.

Will Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery adapt quickly to life in England? Or will the London rivals struggle to rebuild and reach the top four as they’ll both play in the UEFA Europa League?

Below we analyze the situation for both Chelsea and Arsenal and their biggest needs for the season ahead.


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Perisic, Rebic linked with moves to Man United

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Following their superb displays for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup, Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic are being linked with moves to Manchester United via a report from the Sun.

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It’s no secret that Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of Perisic as he tried to buy the left winger from Inter Milan last summer but saw plenty of bids turned down as United missed out.

Perisic, 29, then went on to become one of Croatia’s star performers this summer as he scored three goals and grabbed two assists combined with tireless displays on the left flank. Perisic grabbed 11 goals and added nine assists last season as Inter qualified for the UEFA Champions League.

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Rebic, 24, also had a fine tournament with his powerful surges forward from the right flank as the Eintracht Frankfurt star scored in the win against Argentina and went close to scoring in the World Cup final but his drive was saved by Hugo Lloris. He also committed more fouls than any other player at the tournament as he tracked back and dug deep in Croatia’s best-ever finish at a World Cup.

Do United really need these two attacking wide men?

Mourinho loves to add pace and power to his teams and they certainly fit the bill in that regard, with the likes of Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and even Alexis Sanchez not out-and-out wingers. The transfer values of Perisic and Rebic will have soared due to Croatia finishing the tournament as runners up with Perisic valued at around $63 million and Rebic at $57 million.

Perisic only signed a new contract at Inter last season but given United’s long-time pursuit of him, he may feel like this could be his last chance to move to the Premier League, if that’s what his heart desires. While Rebic only just arrived at Frankfurt on a permanent deal after scoring twice in their German Cup final win last season, helping them win their first trophy since 1988.

If one or both of these players arrive at Old Trafford, serious doubt will be put on the future of Martial and Rashford as neither will seriously challenge Romelu Lukaku for the central strikers role.