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Chelsea v Man Utd team news: Kante a doubt, but Rudiger returns

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 17:59, 26 April 2019

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed N’Golo Kanté is a doubt for their match against Manchester United.

Both clubs, who are separated by three points, are chasing a place in next season’s Champions League and see this game with three matches remaining as a must win.

Chelsea’s 2018/19 league campaign. Five things to know…

  1. Matches: 35
  2. Wins-Draws-Losses: 20-7-8
  3. Most used player (appearances): Cesar Azpilicueta (35)
  4. Top scorer (goals): Eden Hazard (16)
  5. Top creator (assists): Eden Hazard (13)

Both clubs, who are separated by three points, are chasing a place in next season’s Champions League and see this game with three matches remaining as a must win.

An ever-present for The Blues this season, having missed one game (due to being an unused substitute at Cardiff City), N’Golo Kante came off at half-time with bruised ribs in Chelsea’s recent 2-2 draw at home with Burnley.

It’s made him a serious doubt for the west London club, who currently occupy fourth place, but there’s good news for Sarri – after losing Callum Hudson-Odoi to a serious ankle injury against Burnley – as Antonio Rüdiger, after missing that aforementioned game, is available once again.

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“Rudiger is okay at the moment,” he told a press conference

“We are trying to recover Kante, but I am not sure at the moment.”

Battle for Fourth

As mentioned, with three Premier League game weeks remaining, Chelsea and Manchester United are battling for a top-four place. However, they are not alone, with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal also in contention.

Spurs are currently third on 70 points with Chelsea (67), Arsenal (66) and United (64) behind. So, this meeting at Old Trafford has become vitally important for both sides, with the victor knowing they’ve taken a big step forward.

Of the pair it’s Chelsea who go into Sunday’s clash in better form, just, The Blues have collected seven points across their last five league outings (two wins, one draw and two defeats) compared to United’s six (two wins and three draws).

However, across their last five visits to Old Trafford in the league, Chelsea have failed to win: losing twice and drawing the other three.