Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his troubled Red Devils face one other stern take a look at once they journey to Stamford Bridge on Monday night
Chelsea may additional dent Manchester United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League—and inflict one other blow on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer—when the 2 golf equipment meet in Premier League motion on Monday.
The heavyweight bout is the decide of the matchday motion within the top-flight, because the Blues may lengthen their benefit over United to 9 factors with a win.
It would symbolize a near-insurmountable distance between these two Premier League giants and would go away United dealing with as much as one other marketing campaign with no spot in Europe’s premier membership competitors.
Defeat is definitely not an choice for the Red Devils, though ex-Chelsea and United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has moved to spotlight the significance of the conflict for either side.
“They’re not far off and Chelsea will be looking at this as well, obviously with Tottenham [Hotspur] breathing down their necks, at home,” Bosnich informed Sky Sports [as per the Express]. “They’ve each had the week’s break so it is going to be a really, essential recreation for either side.
“For Chelsea and Lampard they’ll be looking to put a little bit more breathing space between them and the chasing sides,” he added. “I think it’s a massive game for both sides for both those variety of reasons.”
One fascinating subplot may very well be the debut of former Nigeria worldwide Odion Ighalo; he’s but to hitch up together with his new teammates in Spain, however has shared movies of his exercises on the National Taekwondo Centre close to Old Trafford as he prepares for a return.
Could Ighalo be the person to encourage United again into the Champions League?
Also in Premier League motion on SuperSport this weekend, Liverpool journey away to Norwich City in Saturday’s late kick-off.
The stats don’t augur effectively for the Canaries, who’re winless of their final 13 video games towards the Reds, shedding every of their final six dwelling video games towards the league leaders.
Expect targets—not one of the 359 fixtures to have been performed greater than 10 occasions within the Premier League averages extra—however with Liverpool successful 33 of their final 34 league video games, the possibility of an upset is slim.
Last weekend, Sunday night’s Milan derby was the spotlight of the European soccer weekend, with Internazionale getting back from two targets right down to stun their metropolis rivals AC Milan 4-2.
This weekend, Antonio Conte’s remodelled aspect face one other difficult task, as their title credentials might be examined away at Lazio.
The capital membership begins the weekend in third place, having closed the hole between them and the highest two—leaders Inter and reigning champions Juventus—to at least one level. They would even be main the pile by now had it not been for a disappointing 0-Zero draw towards Hellas Verona.
That was a uncommon event wherein Ciro Immobile failed to search out the online; with 25 targets in 23 outings thus far this time period, he’s arguably the league’s excellent particular person, however can Inter discover a technique to silence him this weekend?
Juve are additionally in motion once they host Brescia on Sunday.
It might be intriguing how Mario Balotelli and struggling Brescia fare towards Cristiano Ronaldo’s champions, with Juve having demonstrated their vulnerability with two defeats of their final three video games.
There’s additionally La Liga motion this weekend, with each Barcelona and Real Madrid seeking to lengthen their successful streaks.
For the league leaders Real, victory towards Celta Vigo on Sunday would lengthen their successful run to 6 matches. They’re overwhelming favourites to just do that, though the Galicians gave their hopes of beating the drop an enormous enhance with a shock win towards Sevilla of their final match.
Expect Eden Hazard to return for Los Merengues following his ankle harm, though the 29-year-old is extra prone to be launched by Zinedine Zidane from the bench somewhat than be risked within the beginning XI.
For Barcelona, a a lot trickier task awaits.
Getafe have been the revelation of the season thus far, and a run of 4 straight wins—together with final weekend’s 3-Zero conquer fellow Champions League hopefuls Valencia—have put them proper within the hunt for third spot.
They head into the weekend solely seven factors behind Barca however have their work reduce out to increase that successful streak towards Quique Setien’s aspect, who’re undefeated in 25 video games on the Camp Nou.
Finally, to South Africa, the place the PSL’s huge three are all in league motion this weekend.
Kaizer Chiefs might be anticipating to increase their lead on the high of the desk once they host Maritzburg United on Saturday night, though Orlando Pirates might be optimistic of preserving the stress on their fierce rivals once they take to the sector on Sunday.
Bucs have received their final 5 matches, and are favourites to increase that run once they face a Black Leopards aspect who’re mired in a relegation battle.
However, regardless of overseeing a serious revival in Soweto, coach Josef Zinnbauer has downplayed speak of a late title surge.
“Now we have league games to play, we want to win as many as we can, but I cannot talk about our chances [of winning the league] because we have played more games than some teams behind us,” Zinnbauer informed journalists, as per SuperSport.
“I’ve stated this earlier than, we’d like time, and now we have to study, however I’m very pleased with the crew, the way in which they’re responding to my system thus far.”
For Mamelodi Sundowns, 10 factors behind Chiefs having performed a recreation much less, their afternoon kick-off towards Chippa United represents a chance to reaffirm their title credentials as we method the ultimate furlong of the marketing campaign.
Like Zinnbauer, Downs coach Pitso Mosimane has been eager to position the stress totally on Chiefs forward of the run-in.
“The league is for Chiefs to lose‚ I mean really,” he stated, as per the Sowetan. “It’s in your palms now however we haven’t given up and we’re going for it as a result of something is feasible.
“Hopefully reality can happen on the other side also to make the league race interesting,” he concluded. “I believe you need the league to be fascinating‚ let or not it’s the final two video games and it’s equal on factors.”
Full SuperSport Fixtures
Friday 14 February
Stellenbosch FC vs SuperSport United SS4 (SA) & SS10 (ROA) Kickoff at 19:30 (CAT)
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City SS3 Kickoff at 22:00 (CAT)
Saturday 15 February
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Chippa United SS4 Kickoff at 15:30 (CAT)
Barcelona vs Getafe SS7 Kickoff at 17:00 (CAT)
Kaizer Chiefs vs Maritzburg United SS4 (SA) & SS9 (ROA) Kickoff at 18:00 (CAT)
Norwich vs Liverpool SS3 Kickoff at 19:30 (CAT)
Valencia vs Atletico Madrid SS7 Kickoff at 21:45 (CAT)
Sunday 16 February
Black Leopards vs Orlando Pirates SS4 Kickoff at 15:30 (CAT)
Juventus vs Brescia SS9 (SA) & SS8 (ROA) Kickoff at 16:00 (CAT)
Arsenal vs Newcastle SS3 Kickoff at 18:30 (CAT)
Lazio vs Inter Milan SS9 (SA) & SS8 (ROA) Kickoff at 21:45 (CAT)
Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo SS7 Kickoff at 22:00 (CAT)
Monday 17 February
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AC Milan vs Torino SS9 (SA) & SS8 (ROA) Kickoff at 21:45 (CAT)
Chelsea vs Manchester United SS3 Kickoff at 22:00 (CAT)