Chelsea vs Manchester United confirmed teams: Odion Ighalo made to wait for debut, Tammy Abraham not fit enough to be in squad
Feb. 17, 2020
Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer both had big decisions to make with their line-ups as their sides face each other in the Premier League on Monday.
The game could have serious implications on the race for Champions League football with the current gap between Chelsea in fourth and Manchester United in ninth at just six points.
The clash at Stamford Bridge is the first time Odion Ighalo is eligible to play for the Red Devils since his deadline day loan signing .
Ighalo wasn’t able to join up with his teammates in Dubai due to fears border controls might change for people who have recently been in China amid the coronavirus outbreak.
He has had two weeks to get up to speed but Solskjaer made the decision to leave the striker on the bench with Anthony Martial likely to lead the line.
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Tammy Abraham was one player Lampard was sweating on the fitness of going into the match following a knock he suffered against Arsenal at the end of January.
The England striker was not fit enough to be in the squad despite training on Friday with Michy Batshuayi starting up front.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped for Chelsea’s last Premier League match against Leicester and remained on the bench for the match at Stamford Bridge with Willy Caballero keeping his place.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was also the other notable absentee from Lampard’s squad with Pedro and Willian set to line-up on either flank.
Here is how both teams line-up for Monday’s match:
Chelsea: Caballero, Rudiger, Christensen, Jorginho, Kante, Willian, Pedro, Kovacic, Batshuayi, James, Azpilicueta. Subs : Kepa, Alonso, Barkley, Zouma, Giroud, Mount, Tomori.
Manchester United: De Gea, Bailly, Maguire, Martial, Fred, Fernandes, James, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Williams. Subs: Romero, Jones, Mata, Pereira, Dalot, Ighalo, Greenwood
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