Daily Archives: December 28, 2015

Man Utd vs Chelsea (Preview)

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Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
Old Trafford
Monday, 28 December
1230 Eastern Time
Chelsea

Highlights:

Manchester United

  • United have lost four competitive matches in a row during a single season for the first time since October-November 1961.
  • They have lost three successive league games and are without a win in seven matches in all competitions.
  • Louis van Gaal’s side have averaged just 1.22 goals per game in the league this season, which is their lowest tally in a league campaign since 1989-90 (1.21).
  • They have the division’s best defensive home record, conceding just three goals.
  • Team news:
    • Defender Matteo Darmian could be available following a hamstring injury
    • Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger returns from suspension
    • Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could be recalled after he was only named as a substitute against Stoke.

Chelsea

  • The Blues have taken just five points from the last 27 available away from home.
  • They are without an away victory in the league since beating West Brom in August.
  • Chelsea have scored just twice in their last four league away matches.
  • Guus Hiddink has won his last three competitive meetings with Louis van Gaal, all with PSV against AZ Alkmaar in 2005-06.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight league and cup games against Manchester United (W5, D3).
  • The Blues have won six Premier League games at Old Trafford – more than any other visiting side.
  • Team news:
    • Eden Hazard could return to the starting line-up after making his comeback from the bench on Saturday.
    • Diego Costa will be suspended after collecting five yellow cards.

Head-to-Head:

Last six results

ChelseaCompetitionManchester United
Watford 2-2 draw (h)Premier LeagueStoke City 2-0 lost (a)
Sunderland 3-1 won (h)Premier LeagueNorwich city 2-1 lost (h)
Leicester City 2-1 lost (a)Premier LeagueBournemouth 2-1 lost (a)
FC Porto 2-0 won (h)Champions LeagueWolfsburg 3-2 lost (a)
Bournemouth 1-0 lost (h)Premier LeagueWest Ham 0-0 draw (h)
Tottenham 0-0 draw (a)Premier LeagueLeicester City 1-1 draw (a)

Previous Encounters

DateCompetitionScoreChelsea ScorersMan Utd Scorers
19.01.14Premier League3-1Samuel E’to (17, 45, 49)Hernandez (78)
26.10.14Premier League1-1Van Persie (90)Drogba (53)
18.04.15Premier League1-0Hazard (38)

Odds Projection

Manchester United1.5
Chelsea2
Draw2.2

Most Popular Bets

TeamWinning percentage %Draw
Manchester United36.5925.71
Chelsea37.70

Bet Projection

Manchester United

2.2

Chelsea
Wayne Rooney may start after being left in the bench in the match against Stoke.

Wayne Rooney may start after being left in the bench in the match against Stoke.

Van Gaal (left) had not secured a managerial win against Guus Hiddink (right).

Van Gaal (left) had not secured a managerial win against Guus Hiddink (right).

Eden Hazard, who previously scored a winning goal against United is set to start.

Eden Hazard, who previously scored a winning goal against United is set to start.

Xavi questions Jose Mourinho and his philosophy

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Xavi questions the coaching philosophy that Jose Mourinho maintains.

Xavi questions the coaching philosophy that Jose Mourinho maintains.

Former Barcelona Captain Xavier “Xavi” Hernández Creus openly questioned the values that Jose Mourinho maintains.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach is known for his controversial coaching philosophy of “winning at all cost” that many sees as disregarding the established rules of football.

Xavi got a clear look at the way the Portuguese worked when he managed Real Madrid, and says that winning at all costs was not the way in football.

“He always wanted to win at any price and that shows in the way he goes about things,” Xavi said.

“I respect that philosophy, but winning at any cost means you can’t stay true to a playing style. For me, the ends don’t always justify the means.”

“I have a lot of respect for him, he has achieved great things, but I see football in a different way to Mourinho.”

Jose Mourinho was recently sacked following a record slump for Chelsea, but is already linked with big clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Suns Coach Jeff Hornacek faces the axe

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Jeff Hornacek could be dismissed if his team continue to underperform.

Jeff Hornacek could be dismissed if his team continue to underperform.

Phoenix Suns continuous slump in NBA this season may cost Coach Jeff Hornacek his job.

The Suns were coming off yet another away defeat at the score of 104-111 by the Philadelphia 76ers last weekend.

Hornacek was hired in 2013 and Phoenix immediately underwent a drastic turnaround, finishing the season 48-34.

The successes allowed the coach finished second to in the Coach of the Year voting and the Suns looked like a team on the rise.

Phoenix began this season with playoff aspirations after posting records of 48-34 and 39-43 in his first two seasons and the offseason signing of center Tyson Chandler.

However the Suns have dropped 15 of 20 games since opening up at 7-5, and as Hornacek’s four-year contract draws towards a close everyone, from players to coaches are expressing doubts for his future with the team.