Cape Town - Chelsea will be targeting an eighth straight win
in all competitions when Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge in the League
Cup fourth round on Wednesday night.
United landed an early blow on the Blues on the opening day
of the season, winning 4-0 at Old Trafford, but their seasons' have taken very
Chelsea welcome United to Stamford Bridge on the back of
seven successive wins across all competitions, while the Red Devils have only
won twice in their last six outings.
A 4-2 victory at Burnley on Saturday further strengthened
Chelsea's claims of competing for a top-four spot this season and a cup run
would also be welcomed by the fans.
Last season's League Cup runners-up do still have some
questions to answer defensively but they look lethal when going forward.
Defender Antonio Rudiger remains sidelined with a groin
injury, so Frank Lampard has decisions to make in his backline.
Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma have struck up a strong partnership,
but 19-year-old Marc Guehi could come in after being handed his senior debut in
the 7-1 third-round victory over Grimsby.
N'Golo Kante is still nursing a groin problem and Lampard is
expected to offer up chances to some of his fringe players.
Reece James, Willy Caballero, Michy Batshuayi, Olivier
Giroud, Pedro and Billy Gilmour are all expected to be considered.
United have steadied the ship over the past couple of weeks,
earning back-to-back victories against Partizan Belgrade and Norwich, but Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer still has a number of critics to answer.
The five-time League Cup winners scraped past League One
side Rochdale on penalties in the previous round and have only won twice on the
road all season.
Solskjaer has also hinted at the possibility of rotating
with youngsters James Garner and Brandon Williams understood to be in
The Norwegian did, though, see his side win 2-0 at Stamford
Bridge when the pair met in the fifth round of the FA Cup in February.
Kick-off is at 22:05 (SA time).
- TeamTalk Media