It’s Sunday, and what better way to spend your designated day of rest than watching Manchester United battle against Chelsea, against the absence of Paul Pogba, and against the weird cocktail of expectation and Mourinhosity that seems to be getting on everybody’s nerves? Don’t answer that.
That said, there’s definitely the potential for something interesting to happen. United are getting good results in unconvincing fashion, but Chelsea, defending their title, have been wildly inconsistent. They’re coming off the back of a 3-0 defeat to Roma, which suggests that if United want to have a go, then ... no, no, stop laughing. Stranger things have happened.
As for the subplots, Romelu Lukaku hasn’t scored in a few games, but is back at his old club. So is Nemanja Matic, whose goal drought is even more impressive. And so is Jose Mourinho, who with every passing day seems to be getting closer and closer to frowning his own face off. There will probably be some grown men booing other grown men for their career decisions. Isn’t football wonderful?
Premier League schedule
We’re kicking off at 16.30 in the UK, which is 11.30 on the east coast of the USA and a sprightly 8.30 over by the Pacific. Morning!
Premier League TV channel
In the UK, you can watch the game either on Sky Sports Main Event or on Sky Sports Premier League. Don’t know if there’ll be any difference. In the US, you’ll need NBCSN. Everybody else, have a look at livesoccertv.
Premier League streaming
Sky Go in the UK, NBC Sports Live in the USA.
Prediction: We suspect there’ll be an element of bus-parking about this one, so let’s go with a back five. De Gea; Bailly, Jones, Smalling; Valencia, Ander Herrera, Matic, Young; Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku.
Update: 11 out of 11! We’re geniuses.
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