Chelsea will move clear of Manchester City and Liverpool as outright Premier League leaders by avoiding defeat on Saturday, albeit that may only be the case for a number of hours.
Manchester United are seven points back and cannot really afford to lose any more ground on their top four rivals. Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge under huge pressure.
United have not won a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge since 2012 and it’s unlikely to change here, particularly given their injury woes in midfield.
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Chelsea- Antonio Rudiger withdrew from Germany’s squad during the international break and is a doubt for Chelsea on Saturday.
Ethan Ampadu suffered a knee injury in Wales’ 4-1 defeat to Spain last week and is not expected to be fit enough to make Chelsea’s matchday squad against Manchester United.
Chelsea has a fairly settled starting XI at the moment and Maurizio Sarri is not expected to tinker with it. The only major doubt is Rudiger’s place in the team, fitness permitting.
Manchester United- Jose Mourinho has a number of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, particularly in midfield. Scott McTominay, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are all doubts for Manchester United.
Luke Shaw was forced to pull out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad but there is hope he will be fit to start against Chelsea. Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard are expected to miss out once again for the away side, while Alexis Sanchez is a fitness doubt after returning late from international duty with Chile.
Juan Mata helped inspire United’s comeback against Newcastle before the international break and will hope to feature against his former club, while Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will also push for places in attack.
Chelsea has won 7 of their last 8 home matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
Chelsea has kept a clean sheet in their last 4 home matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
Chelsea has seen under 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
Chelsea are undefeated in their last 8 matches in Premier League.
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