Chelsea could end the weekend outside the Premier League’s top four should they fail to beat Manchester United this weekend.
Just two league wins in 2018 has seen the reigning champions go from looking like almost certainties for Champions League qualification to firming in a battle for a place at Europe’s top table.
Alvaro Morata scored the only goal as United were beaten at Stamford Bridge in November and anything less than three points could see the Blues leapfrogged by a Tottenham facing Crystal Palace at midday.
Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho, with the help of Ander Herrera, masterminded a 2-0 win in the same fixture last season and will know another win over his former club, and nemesis from earlier this term, is huge for their end-of-season ambitions.
There are question marks over Paul Pogba readiness to face the reigning Premier League champions after losing his place for the midweek Champions League tie, with Antonio Valencia close to overcoming a knock.
Chelsea Boss Antonio Conte may stick with Eden Hazard as a ‘false nine’ given the formation’s success against Barcelona, though Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are fit.
Manchester United likely starting XI:
De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young; Pogba, Matic; Martial, Lingard, Alexis; Lukaku
Chelsea likely starting XI:
Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Giroud, Hazard
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