Chelsea face a huge Premier League title challenge as Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United.
Antonio Conte’s Blues stormed to the 2016-17 title, but the champions have endured a tough start to the new campaign as they sit nine points behind leaders Manchester City after just 10 games.
The visit of United could scarcely come at a worse time for Conte, with the Blues heading into Sunday’s game off the back of a 3-0 thrashing by Roma in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea boss Mourinho – sacked twice by Roman Abramovich also has a point to prove despite United’s strong start, with the Portuguese coach under pressure to prove that he can and will attack title rivals away from home.
The big question mark over Chelsea’s line-up this weekend will be N’Golo Kante, with Conte insisting that the French midfielder will only play if he is 100 per cent fit.
But Conte may be tempted to put Kante straight back into action after the way Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayokjo struggled together in central midfield against Roma.
Anthony Martial – so often a threat for Manchester United off the bench this season – will also be hoping for a starting role after a match-winning goal against Tottenham last weekend.
Chelsea likely starting XI:
Courtois; Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard, Morata
Manchester United likely starting XI:
De Gea; Bailly, Jones, Smalling; Valencia, Matic, Herrera, Young; Martial, Rashford, Lukaku
Predict your scores....
PearStep's prediction: Manchester 3 : 1 Chelsea