Not much more than a year on from Chelsea’s thrashing of Manchester United at Stamford Bridge do the sides meet at the same venue once more.

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Under-pressure Antonio Conte’s side are in fourth yet are nine points behind runaway leaders Manchester City as the champions look less and less likely to retain their crown.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are five points behind their perennially-named ‘noisy neighbours’. Jose Mourinho’s men have lost just once this season, to newly-promoted Huddersfield.

Team News

Chelsea may be able to welcome back influential midfielder N’Golo Kante after the France international missed the last six games with a hamstring injury.

Davide Zappacosta looks set to keep his place at right-wing back due to the absence of the Blues’ regular custodian in that position, Victor Moses. Whereas Gary Cahill is likely to regain his place having spent the last two games on the bench.

Manchester United’s injury list remains lengthy. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo are still long-term absentees.

Marouane Fellaini remains a major doubt with a knee injury while there is no date placed on Michael Carrick’s return.

Ander Herrera could come back in at the expense of Scott McTominay after the 20 year-old made his Champions League debut in midweek.

Antonio Valencia and returning England squad member, Ashley Young look set to continue at wing-back as United continue to utilise a three-at-the-back formation.

Form Guide

Chelsea come into this game off the back of a Champions League mauling at the hands of Serie A side, Roma. Their domestic form is fine, with three wins in a row after losing against Crystal Palace and Manchester City.

Manchester United have three wins and three clean sheets in a row since that surprise defeat to David Wagner’s men.

Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku will be hoping to end their respective goal droughts having not scored in six games each.

Head-to-Head

Chelsea have lost just one game out of the last 15 at home to the Red Devils, a 3-2 win in 2012 with a winner from Javier Hernandez.

The last league meeting between the sides was April’s masterclass at Old Trafford as Manchester United prevailed by 2-0 with goals by Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera.

Prediction

With United’s frailties against the top-six sides it is likely that Mourinho will set up defensively in an attempt to thwart the likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro. United also tend to be worse away whereas Chelsea pride themselves on their home form which likely leaves the West Londoners favourites for the clash.

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