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Chelsea vs Manchester United predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight

Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge tonight.

The Blues shared the spoils against Leicester City last time out and will be hoping to go one better against another top four rival at Stamford Bridge.

United drew with Wolves in their last game as they bid to chase down those ahead of them in the race for the Champions League.

These two have met twice already this season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side twice coming out on top.

Here’s everything you need to know about Monday’s Premier League encounter:

When is the match?

The match kicks off at 8pm at Stamford Bridge.

What TV channel is it on?

The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD.

Subscribers can also stream the match live online via the SkyGo app.

Team news

Christian Pulisic could return from long-term injury but is unlikely to be risked. The game will also come too soon for Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is also close to coming back from his own lengthy lay-off.

New signing Odion Ighalo is in the squad and could make his debut after joining on deadline day. Paul Pogba is still sidelined with Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay also out.

Fernandes is likely to keep his place (Getty)

Predicted line-ups

Chelsea: Caballero, James, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Pereira, Mata, Fernandes, James, Martial

Prediction

This is the third time these two have met this season with United coming out on top on the other two occasions. United have been good against the traditional ‘Big Six’ and Chelsea’s home record isn’t the best but the hosts should have enough to cause Solskjaer’s side problems.

Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United


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Chelsea vs Manchester United live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight

Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge tonight.

The Blues shared the spoils against Leicester City last time out and will be hoping to go one better against another top four rival at Stamford Bridge.

United drew with Wolves in their last game as they bid to chase down those ahead of them in the race for the Champions League.

These two have met twice already this season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side twice coming out on top.

Here’s everything you need to know about Monday’s Premier League encounter:

When is the match?

The match kicks off at 8pm at Stamford Bridge.

What TV channel is it on?

The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD.

Subscribers can also stream the match live online via the SkyGo app.

Team news

Christian Pulisic could return from long-term injury but is unlikely to be risked. The game will also come too soon for Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is also close to coming back from his own lengthy lay-off.

New signing Odion Ighalo is in the squad and could make his debut after joining on deadline day. Paul Pogba is still sidelined with Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay also out.

Fernandes is likely to keep his place (Getty)

Predicted line-ups

Chelsea: Caballero, James, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Pereira, Mata, Fernandes, James, Martial

Prediction

This is the third time these two have met this season with United coming out on top on the other two occasions. United have been good against the traditional ‘Big Six’ and Chelsea’s home record isn’t the best but the hosts should have enough to cause Solskjaer’s side problems.

Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United


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Sadio Mane's glorious return, Jack Grealish's rising stock and more – 5 Premier League talking points

1. Centurion Mane emerges as PFA front-runner 

Sadio Mane was held back by Jurgen Klopp from the beginning at Carrow Road, no doubt hopeful that his impact would not be crucial following a spell out through injury. But with the game level, the Senegalese emerged from the bench after an hour and proved decisive in earning Liverpool a 1-0 win, bringing up his century in English football (75 goals for the Reds and 25 goals for Southampton) with a typical Mane finish.

It’s the instinctive nature of Mane to throw a limb towards the ball, bring it under his spell, and compute exactly what he’ll do before his foot has even returned to the floor. Not only the precision of the finish, but the symmetry of his body, despite adjusting mid-air, ensured a 12th league goal of the season, to go with eight assists, which surely pushes him to the front of the queue to win the PFA Player of the Year, alongside teammate Jordan Henderson. While Henderson has been vital to the mentality and spirit of this team, Mane is a rare talent and more irreplaceable than the Reds skipper, which should convince many when evaluating each player’s value for the champions-elect.

2. Ings still in contention for shock golden boot

Danny Ings may not have been able to prevent Southampton from suffering defeat to Burnley – who claimed a precious 2-1 away win – but he registered his 15th goal of the season to close the gap on Jamie Vardy, now without a goal in nearly two months, but still in front on 17 goals in the golden boot race. Sergio Aguero is on 16 goals, while Mohamed Salah (14) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14) are best-placed to retain the title they shared with Sadio Mane (12) last season with 22 goals. It is remarkable that Ings is in such esteemed company, with his previous best of 11 goals at Burnley back in 2015 before serious problems with injuries disrupted his impact in the top flight. With 12 games remaining.

3. VARcical scenes at Molineux

Willy Boly thought he’d put Wolves ahead against Leicester only for VAR to incomprehensibly rule the goal out after spotting Pedro Neto, on the far side of the pitch by the touchline, had left a portion of his heel dangling barely a few inches offside. Nuno called for “something to be done” in frustration at full-time, while Brendan Rodgers refused to revel in his side’s fortune, agreeing that the system “needs to be reviewed at the end of the season”. Conor Coady was perhaps strongest when condemning the technology, claiming that the “referees don’t know what’s going on”. With enormous competition throughout the campaign, Boly’s ruled-out goal might just be the most shocking decision with most watching left embittered.

Willy Boly had his goal ruled out at Molineux by VAR (Action)

4. Grealish’s star shines brighter

Aston Villa maintain that Jack Grealish will not be leaving without a fight, but the job just got even harder after another dazzling display. Grealish sliced Spurs apart at will throughout Sunday’s contest; picking the pass when he needed to or driving past opponents with his immense acceleration and strength to hold off challenges. Toby Alderweireld, in particular, struggled to contain Grealish, who has blossomed into the complete player this season under Dean Smith. There is still the job of inspiring Villa’s escape from relegation, but his value will continue to soar with more displays of this calibre.

5. Pepe’s coming out party

Although the scoreline was lopsided by the end, Arsenal had initially struggled to break down Newcastle. Enter Nicolas Pepe after a frustrating 54 minutes, clipping a ball to the back post for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to head home and bring the Emirates back to life. Then the best side of the Ivorian: an instinctive finish from a ball delivered with pace, he duly dispatched it on the half-volley to provide some relief in the stadium. Pepe is still a work in progress, but unlike many of Arteta’s other options, the former Lille man is undoubtedly a match-winner and should ultimately take centre stage during this transition.


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Dani Ceballos is not Arsenal's own but masterminding Newcastle's downfall can help secure his future

Turkish Delight, The Arctic Monkeys and loan signings. Of the things toughest to love, those three are certainly up there. 

But just as rose water with a hint of pistachio and the nostalgic qualities of Fluorescent Adolescent can go a long way, so too can a stylish Iberian with a sculpted beard and top-knot nourish the soul even if only for a little while. 

It was around 65 minutes in against Newcastle that Arsenal fans began singing Dani Ceballos’s name. By rough estimate, it was only a matter of seconds and mostly emanating from those in red at the Clock End. 

But it was not the first time Ceballos's name has rung out: even he has made a note of appreciating just how big a deal that is. But with the Gunners 2-0 up and their midfield taking charge of what began as a nervy affair between 11th and 12th in the table, it was only right to laud the 23-year old who had made it all possible. 

The Spaniard put in a performance that might rank as the best of his 12 Premier League appearances to date. Statistically, anecdotally and perhaps even medically, there was much for him and Arsenal fans to savour. 

Perhaps it’s best to start with the third of those and work backwards, because the manner in which Ceballos covered ground and put his legs in harm’s way belied that of a player both returning from injury and still getting to grips with the rough and tumble of Premier League football. 

There were 83 days between picking up his hamstring injury against Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League at the start of November and his 21 minutes at the end of an FA Cup tie against Bournemouth on 27 January. 

Much of that time was spent recovering in Spain until Mikel Arteta’s appointment on 20 December gave Ceballos an appreciation that tactical rehabilitation was as necessary as the physical work. That sense of duty underpinned by a deep frustration that he could not do more for Unai Emery began a quest for further application on the training ground. 

It was this, ultimately, which gave Arteta no qualms in starting Ceballos just 20 days after that Bournemouth cameo. “I thought that Dani was ideal for that game, in that position today,” said a satisfied Arteta, a second league win in the bank at the eighth attempt. “The way he had been training, he totally deserves a chance.” 

That faith was rewarded beyond elegance. In an interview with Marca, the Real Madrid loanee spoke frankly of issues around his hamstring tendons. Not that you could tell it was playing on his mind with the sprints back without the ball or clashes with Newcastle’s central pair of Sean Longstaff and Nabil Bentaleb, and whoever else, to win it back. He might have only won 26.3 per cent of his duels, but the fact he attempted 19 – the second-most of any player on the pitch – was commendable. 

It was this aspect of his play that allowed both he and Mesut Ozil to play in the same midfield. On paper, certainly to the neutral, that combination looked a luxury indulgence of a problem area, like covering bathroom damp with a Manet. 

But by 82 minutes, as Ceballos trudged off to applause, cuts and grazes across his knees, tendons with stories to tell, those fears were unfounded. Arsenal fans will tell you, though, this robustness has always been evident. He might look like the kind of well-groomed man who could sell you a suit on Savile Row as easily as he could sell you a dummy on Hornsey Road, but he has an appetite for the scrap. His bonus gift might have been allowing Ozil to last 90 minutes.

The flair, though, is what you come for. And if it is not the intricate turns that require barely a yard of space while seemingly affecting the entirety of the pitch, it is the quickness of his passing that shows you the level at which he operates.

Because the numbers were all there on Sunday. A 95.6 per cent success rate from his 91 attempts, of which 63 of those 85 passes made came in the opposition’s half. Though there were no assists, it was he who gave Pepe the chance to catch not just his opposing full-back, but also his opposing winger off-guard for the cross that led to Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s opener. 

Dani Ceballos ran the show as Arsenal thrashed Newcastle 4-0 (Getty)

In that moment, just as others which did not result in a goal, he was able to bring the ball forward and play it forward at the right time. It is what Liverpool and Manchester City do well now and, heck, what Arsenal did well before. Catching teams out of step with simple acts executed simply. 

Against an organised Newcastle, who Arteta praised for their solidity, it was Ceballos’ pro-activeness that prised them open. From then on, the other 10 players did as he had done. 

On a personal level, this felt like the culmination of what Ceballos is trying to imprint on his own game. He was a No 10 as a kid and honed as such in his formative years at Real Betis. But he arrived as a force in an era where that role was slowly being phased out. 

“Now all coaches want complete players, whereas before quality alone as enough,” he told Marca. “Now, No 10s have virtually disappeared, so you have to be more complete.” It’s worth reiterating once more that he is 23 because it is rare in football to have someone so young speak of his craft with this much self-awareness. 

That, truly, might be the quality Arsenal need most from him as they begin embracing that trait themselves. As promising as victory was, it only takes them to 10th, still six points behind Tottenham who occupy a new Champions League position of 5th. 

So, back to the main question: can Arsenal love him as their own when he is anything but? Well, of course they can. 

What scepticism of loan-love they had after borrowing Denis Suarez from Barcelona, which both he and north London rank as “six months to forget”, has been quashed. The real issue is a longer-term relationship rests solely on the player.

His immediate ambitions are to establish himself for Arsenal to make a play for Luis Enrique’s Spain squad for the Euros. Invariably if that comes to fruition, he’ll have plenty of other offers, including the chance to start again at the Bernabeu. 

Perhaps, for now, that’s how Arsenal need to look at this. A symbiotic fling that may leave both parties torn but certainly in much better places. 


This news item was provided by the The Independent - Premier League website - the original link is: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/arsenal-vs-newcastle-result-score-dani-ceballos-performance-epl-premier-league-loan-signing-a9338656.html

Joelinton: What does the Newcastle United striker offer?

Joelinton watched on as Arsenal celebrated during their 4-0 win

One Premier League goal all season, and currently enduring a run of 22 consecutive top-flight games and 1,856 minutes without finding the net.

Newcastle striker Joelinton's statistics don't make pleasant viewing for a player that cost a club record £40m in the summer.

Manager Steve Bruce admitted after his side's 4-0 thrashing at Arsenal on Sunday that those at the club "would all like him to have 12 or 15 goals" by now.

So what does Bruce see in the player and why does he continue to lead the line for the Magpies?

A number nine who plays outside the box

The Brazilian was Bruce's first signing when he replaced Rafael Benitez, and the striker was handed the famous number nine shirt previously worn by club legends Jackie Milburn, Alan Shearer and Andy Cole.

But the former Hoffenheim frontman - who scored just seven Bundesliga goals last season - has failed to live up to those before him, a winner against Tottenham back in August being his only English top-flight strike so far.

Although he has fared better in the FA Cup with two goals in three games, those came against lower league opposition in Rochdale and Oxford.

The main issue Newcastle have with Joelinton is the fact he is a player who has been brought in to lead the line, but actually finds himself doing more work outside the box than in it. Newcastle have scored just 24 times in the Premier League, with only Crystal Palace netting fewer.

Against Arsenal, he had a total of 47 touches - most of which were on the left, close to the halfway line. Just three came inside the Gunners' penalty area.

'A strange stat'

Those numbers surprised Bruce when they were put to him after the game.

"In the opposition box? Really?" he asked. "That seems a strange stat. We have to find a way of scoring more and certainly Joe of being more selfish.

"He has played a lot of his career to a side and not played as an out-and-out number nine. He is 22 years old, he has a lot to learn and give."

He did have one good opportunity against Arsenal in the first half, but flicked his shot wide when unmarked from eight yards out.

Although he had to reach behind him a little for the ball, a striker in form may well have tucked it away, and a different result could have been on the cards.

Joelinton has just the solitary goal from the seven 'big chances' that have fallen his way this season. Only Southampton duo Che Adams and Shane Long (one goal between them) and Sheffield United's David McGoldrick, who has not scored this season, have fared worse.

'We have to find a way of getting him into the box'

A glance on Twitter shows the frustration from some supporters with Joelinton's performance against Arsenal, with one "trying to figure out the purpose of Joelinton and struggling to make any case for his inclusion in the side".

Another said he was "abysmal" and is someone who "would not cut it in League Two".

Being generous, his presence in the Newcastle team bears similarities to the role Olivier Giroud performed for France in their World Cup triumph in 2018.

The Chelsea player appeared in all seven games, despite not scoring a single goal, with boss Didier Deschamps saying he was "important for our style, we need his supporting play".

Joelinton faced more duels (26) and won more fouls (4) than any other player at the Emirates, which suggests he is not shying away and is up for the battle. But while Giroud brings the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann into the game, Joelinton does the same for Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron - who are not quite at the same level.

"I was pleased with his performance again today," said Bruce. "He does a lot of unselfish work outside the box and we now have to find a way of getting him in the box for the crosses that Allan put in when he took players on."

But his last line was telling, with Bruce adding: "He is a great team player but centre forwards are judged on how many goals you score."

On that regard, Joelinton has plenty of room for improvement.


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