Chelsea meet Manchester United in a huge Premier League meeting on Monday night, both sides firmly in the hunt to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
Here is all you need to know about their crucial clash at Stamford Bridge…
Chelsea remain in pole position to secure Champions League football, their top-four rivals having failed to truly capitalise despite the Blues having largely stuttered since a six-game winning steak that came to an end in late November.
Such has been their indifferent form, Frank Lampard’s side have picked up just 15 points from their last 12 Premier League fixtures, putting them 12th in the division for points gained over that period.
Having navigated a difficult trip to Leicester by securing a point prior to the winter break, Lampard’s side now face a defining period in their season, facing top-four rivals United and Tottenham before the end of the month in addition to the first leg of their Champions League last-16 meeting with Bayern Munich.
Just one win in five league fixtures since the turn of the New Year will be a concern for Lampard, a run of results the west London side will need to correct sooner rather than later.
Manchester United: DLLWL
Monday night’s fixture is simply a must-not-lose for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, the club having wobbled of late but remaining just six points behind Chelsea ahead of their crucial meeting in the capital.
Defeat for the Red Devils will all but end their hopes of securing Champions League football, though victory could close the gap to just three points ahead of the final stages of the season.
Solskjaer will be hugely concerned by his side’s lack of firepower in the absence of the injured Marcus Rashford, the forward having already scored four times against Chelsea in all competitions so far this season, though the Norwegian has confirmed new signing Odion Ighalo will be in the squad.
Manchester United have lacked imagination and attacking thrust without the England international, and it’s now three successive Premier League fixtures without a goal following disappointing defeats to Liverpool and Burnley and the goalless draw with Wolves last time out.
Marquee January addition Bruno Fernandes made a promising debut in that clash against Wolves at Old Trafford, and United will hope the prolific midfielder can provide the goal threat that has been sorely lacking from the side of late.
Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United, 30th October 2019 (Carabao Cup)
The two sides have already met on two occasions so far this season, with United having triumphed in both clashes against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in the current campaign.
After thrashing the Blues 4-0 at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, the two clubs would be drawn together in the last-16 of the Carabao Cup, United progressing into the quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Marcus Rashford, who also scored twice in their earlier league meeting, would be the hero once more, netting a brace including a stunning free-kick from distance that brought comparisons to a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
Michy Batshuayi would score Chelsea’s goal in defeat, though it would be the Red Devils who would advance to a last eight meeting with Colchester before being knocked out in the semi-finals by Man City.
Predicted Line ups
Chelsea: Kepa; James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante; Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Abraham
Man United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Fred, Fernandes; James, Greenwood, Martial
Who is the referee?
How can I watch Chelsea v Manchester United?
UK readers can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event, whilst US fans can view the fixture on NBCSN.
What time is kick off?
Chelsea – 5/6
Draw – 27/10
Man United – 16/5