Manchester United welcome fellow top-four hopefuls, Chelsea, to Old Trafford on Saturday for the headline fixture of game week six of the 2020-21 Premier League season.
As for Chelsea, Lampard spent big in the summer but the defence has yet to convince – though a goalless stalemate against Sevilla in midweek was a step in the right direction.
Date, time, and venue
Manchester United vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 5:30 pm BST kick-off on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
The match will be behind closed doors at Old Trafford with no fans due to being present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
Eric Bailly is unavailable after being ruled out for four weeks, while Anthony Martial is still suspended after his red card against Spurs.
Harry Maguire missed United’s win in Paris, so Solskjaer could persist with a back three of Axel Tuanzebe, Victor Lindelof, and Luke Shaw – especially as Phil Jones is not in Solskjaer’s Premier League squad.
Edinson Cavani could be in contention along with Mason Greenwood, while Jesse Lingard is a doubt.
Lampard sounded confident following Chelsea’s draw with Sevilla that Thiago Silva will be fit after picking up a knock in that game.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Of the 56 Premier League meetings between the sides, Chelsea edge it with 18 wins to United’s 17, along with 21 draws.
United beat Chelsea twice in the League last term – 4-0 at home and 2-0 away – though the Blues won the latest game as they downed United 3-1 at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals in July.
Prediction: Man United 1-1 Chelsea
Given neither sides’ defence has been particularly impressive this season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both managers look to keep things tight in the early stages.
If an early goal does go in, the game could open up with two of the most promising attacks in the top flight – but a battling draw is more likely at this point.