Chelsea will look to maintain their three-point gap at the top of the Premier League table on Sunday when they host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues enter the fixture in high spirits after their 4-0 win against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but the mood around the Chelsea camp was slightly dampened with N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell both leaving the pitch with injures – the latter’s considered to be potentially season-ending.
This will be United’s first Premier League match since they sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week, with Michael Carrick set to act as manager once again.
Chelsea’s midfield woes continue with Matteo Kovacic also expected to be sidelined, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Saul Niguez or Ross Barkley expected to slot in next to Jorginho.
Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic have both returned from injury in the last week and could push to start as the lone striker, but Havertz remains the first choice whilst Romelu Lukaku continues to return from injury.
The Belgian striker was on the bench against Juventus midweek, meaning Lukaku could feature on Sunday against his former side.
So, what line-up will Tuchel select? And, what could the final score be?
We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for Chelsea vs United on Sunday and this is what happened…
Chelsea vs Manchester United score predicted by FIFA 22 simulation
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
We predict that Chelsea could set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi.
We also predict that United could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; McTominay, Fred, Van de Beek; Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford.
Chelsea took control in the early stages by dominating the ball and suffocating United in their own half when without it, with De Gea making a selection of saves to keep the score level.
Loftus-Cheek, in for the absent Kante, was playing in an advanced role for the Blues, and his late run in-behind the United backline saw the midfielder send a strike into the top corner, but he was judged to be offside.
The first half continued in the same manner until the half-time break, where United went in without even having a shot.
Chelsea continued pushing forward in the second half, and they eventually found their goal with 10 minutes remaining from the bench.
Luakaku was thrown on by Tuchel with 15 minutes remaining, and with almost his first touch, he put the home side ahead with a thunderous first-time shot into the top corner.
The goal was deserved – and expected, with United failing to create any major chances all game. But the game was still in the balance.
Bruno Fernandes was brought on early in the second half, and his addition was a major boost for United, with the Portuguese setting up Sancho for a last-minute equaliser.
The midfielder won possession on the edge of Chelsea’s box and was closed down by four Chelsea defenders, leaving Sancho completely unmarked in the box for Fernandes to play in on goal, and the winger smashed his effort past Mendy at the near post.
FIFA 22 predicted final score: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
Here are the full-time match stats:
FIFA 22 predicts that United could snatch a point at Stamford Bridge in the dying moments of the game, with Jadon Sancho grabbing the late equaliser to cancel out Romelu Lukaku’s opener in what could be two points dropped for the Blues.
What do you think the final score will be in the real game? Let us know in the comments below
FIFA 22 is the latest game in EA’s popular FIFA video game franchise, which was released worldwide on Friday, October 1, 2021. The game is available now on all platforms including Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Stadia and PC.