Premier League Preview: Chelsea vs. Manchester United

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  • 1st meeting since Chelsea won FA Cup Final
  • Mourinho 2W-4L vs. Chelsea
  • Man Utd leads all-time 74-53-53
  • Manchester United looks to kickstart its season with a visit to manager Jose Mourinho’s old haunt, Stamford Bridge, to face Chelsea on Saturday (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via

    It’s a dynamite way to restart the Premier League season, which sees Manchester United in eighth place with 13 points, five back of the Top Four and seven behind table-leaders Man City, Liverpool, and Chelsea.

    The Blues, for their part, are yet to lose under Maurizio Sarri, and have only allowed more than a single goal in a 3-2 win at Arsenal on Matchday 2. They bring a 181-minute shutout streak home to the Bridge.

    What they’re saying

    Chelsea star Eden Hazard on Real Madrid rumors: ““I can finish with Chelsea. No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here. So If I don’t go to Spain, it is not a problem. I love the fans. I think the fans love me. What happens in the future I will be happy, so that’s it.”

    Mourinho on Hazard: “He was a good kid in my time and now he is a good man, three or four years more maturity he was a kid and now is a man. I think he knows how good he is. I think he knows how much he can influence the destiny of his team in the course of a season.”


    Romelu Lukaku famously never scored for Chelsea in his 15 appearances with the first team, but has managed three goals in nine matches against the Blues. But he put up a goal and an assist in a 2-1 home win over Chelsea last season, and we think he’ll be able to just match the heroics of Hazard in a 2-1 win on Saturday.