Chelsea vs Manchester United LIVE commentary: Blues desperate to end April curse to maintain fading Europe dream – kick-off time, team news and talkSPORT coverage

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Chelsea lock horns with Manchester United this evening with both clubs out to ease the mounting pressure on their respective managers.

The former Premier League title rivals both face a pivotal week to avoid failing to achieve their respective European targets.

Where would Chelsea be without Palmer this season?

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Where would Chelsea be without Palmer this season?Credit: AFP

Chelsea had to settle for a 2-2 draw at the weekend against a relegation-threatened Burnley side that played a man down for a large portion of the game.

Boos rang out at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea remained mid-table and scrambling for any type of European football next season.

United have aspirations to reclaim their Champions League spot but they took a blow after a 1-1 draw against Brentford.

Mason Mount scored what seemed to be the winner against the Bees in the sixth minute of stoppage-time but Kristoffer Ajer was somehow allowed to equalise just moments later.

Erik ten Hag’s men are languishing in sixth, and 11 points adrift of Aston Villa two spots above them, albeit with two games in hand.

Chelsea vs Man United: April fools

The penultimate month of the Premier League season should send shivers down the spines of Blues fans.

Chelsea are winless in their last six Premier League games in April, having drawn two and lost the other four.

A 90th-minute winner from Christian Pulisic in 2022 earned Chelsea their last league victory in April against a 10-man West Ham.

However, that last-gasp win only served to snap a dismal run that had started long before, with the Blues particularly suspect at home.

At Stamford Bridge, they’ve won just one of their last 10 in April (D3 L6), and have lost five of the last seven in west London.

Chelsea, whose recent winless April run started against Man United, were already out for revenge against the Red Devils after they lost 2-1 in December’s reverse fixture.

Chelsea's horror April run started with a game against Man United

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Chelsea’s horror April run started with a game against Man United
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  • Chelsea are winless in their last 12 Premier League games against Manchester United (D7 L5), their longest ever run without a league victory against the Red Devils.
  • Manchester United are looking to complete the Premier League double over Chelsea for just the second time, previously doing so in the 2019-20 campaign.
  • Manchester United are looking to win three consecutive league games against Chelsea for the first time since September 1965. They’re unbeaten in their last five league visits to Stamford Bridge, though four of these have ended level (W1).

Chelsea vs Man United: Team news

The hosts have been handed a triple boost by Trevoh Chalobah, Malo Gusto and Robert Sanchez’s return to full team training.

Ben Chilwell still leads a lengthy absentee list, filled by Wesley Fofana, Romeo Lavia, Christopher Nkunku, Reece James, Lesley Ugochukwu, Levi Colwill, and Carney Chukwuemeka.

As for the visitors, their own increasing injury problems worsened after defensive duo Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof were both ruled out of action for a month.

Left-backs Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia are already out, alongside Antony Martial, with Altay Bayindir and Jonny Evans also doubts.

Mount returns to his old side after opening his account for United

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Mount returns to his old side after opening his account for UnitedCredit: AFP
  • Manchester United have won just one of their last nine Premier League away games against London sides (D3 L5), losing four of their last six. They’ve lost three of their five such visits this season, last losing more in a single top-flight campaign in 1989-90 (4).
  • Manchester United have won more games (80) and have a higher win percentage (59.7%) in the month of April than any other side in Premier League history. However, they’ve won just one of their last seven away games in the month (D2 L4), beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 last year.
  • Chelsea have won six of their eight evening kick-offs (7pm or later) in the Premier League this season (L2), having failed to win any of their nine evening games in the competition last term (D3 L6).

Chelsea vs Man United: What has been said?

Mauricio Pochettino has called for more from his players following their failure to claim victory over struggling Burnley.

He explained: “We are Chelsea but we need to behave like Chelsea.

“It’s not an excuse to be young, we need to defend our badge and play for out club and we need to perform.

“It’s up to us to start the game in a different way to against Burnley.

“We need to play better, to show more energy, that we can compete more as a team.”

Man United have work to do to reach the top four this season

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Man United have work to do to reach the top four this seasonCredit: Getty
  • Chelsea have both scored and conceded in 19 different Premier League games this season, last doing so more often in 2019-20 (22). They’ve done so in each of their last seven league matches, their longest such run since a run of nine between January and April 2017.
  • Cole Palmer scored Chelsea’s goal in their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the reverse fixture. The last Blues player to score home and away against Man Utd in the same Premier League campaign was Juan Mata (2012-13), while the last English player to do so was Frank Lampard (2010-11).
  • Cole Palmer has been involved in 21 Premier League goals for Chelsea this season, scoring 13 and assisting eight. Only Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink (32 in 2000-01) and Diego Costa (23 in 2014-15) have been involved in more in their debut campaign for the Blues.

Chelsea vs Man United: talkSPORT coverage 

This Premier League clash will take place on Thursday, April 4. 

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is scheduled for 8:15pm.

talkSPORT 2 will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the action from west London. 

Commentary will come from Joe Shennan and former Chelsea defender Scott Minto.

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