Chelsea will be hosting Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening in a match that could see the hosts reduce the points between them and their visitors. The Blues are currently placed fourth in the league standings after playing ten games. Antonio Conte's men return to the Premier League activity after the 3-0 defeat at AS Roma in the Champions League midweek.

Manchester United travels to London to play the second top London team on two successive weekends. The Red Devils earned the precious maximum points over the last weekend after emerging victorious over Tottenham Hotspurs.

Jose Mourinho's men will be buoyed by the midweek 2-0 victory over Benfica in the Champions League. The contest pits two teams that are currently in the top four of the league with Manchester United occupying the second spot.

Talking points

  • Chelsea has won six out of seven matches against Manchester United in all competitions. The last three encounters between the two sides have seen the home side prevail with Chelsea winning two games while Manchester United won the remaining match.
  • Machester United manager Jose Mourinho remains the most colorful manager that Chelsea has had in history, after winning a total of three Premier League titles. Jose Mourinho came to Chelsea in 2004 from Porto and won back-to-back Premier League trophies in his first two seasons. The Portuguese tactician came back to Stamford Bridge for the second period and won his third Premiership crown with the Blues.
  • Chelsea will be hosting players who once played for the West Londoners and now joined the Manchester outfits. The former Chelsea players who are currently adorning the Manchester United shirt are; Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, and Nemanja Matic. Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater had a career at Manchester United and could face his former employer.
  • The reigning Premier League Player of the Year, N'golo Kante has been fortunate with goals while facing Manchester United. In fact, two out of the three goals the French midfielder has scored, have come against Manchester United.
  • The match pits two teams with a player each in the list of the top scorers, but the players are currently finding the target. Chelsea striker, Alvaro Morata now has six goals, but he has failed to find the net in the last six matches his side has played. Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku who has seven league goals has a six-match scoring drought.

Team news

Victor Moses will automatically miss the fixture as he still nurses an injury while N'golo Kante has a 50/50 chance of playing against a team he likes scoring against.

Chelsea vice-captain, Cesar Azpilicueata is doubtful and could miss the contest. The rest of Chelsea players are available for selection, so Antonio Conte is expected to field a strong squad to help his side bounce back from midweek 3-0 loss in Italy.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini are still injured and will miss the trip to London.

Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, and Paul Pogba won't a match coming too soon due to their unfit status, while Jesse Lingard is doubtful to feature in the duel.

Full-time Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United