Premier League leaders Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
The Blues are in fine form after thrashing Juventus midweek in the Champions League, while the Red Devils are regrouping after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.
Michael Carrick takes charge again, though Ralf Rangnick is poised to take over as interim boss for the remainder of the season, though the former United midfielder steadied the ship midweek with a precious 2-0 win at Villarreal enough to clinch a place in the last 16.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will be eager to make a statement and prove their worth as the pace-setters in the title race, given Liverpool FC and Manchester City are also producing outstanding football of late.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match this afternoon:
When is Chelsea vs Manchester United?
How can I watch it?
Chelsea vs Manchester United will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Subscribers can stream the game live online via the Sky Sports website and Sky Go app.
What is the team news?
Chelsea will be without Ben Chilwell, who faces several months out with suspected ACL damage picked up against Juventus. N'Golo Kante is also set to miss out due to a knee injury suffered in the same fixture.
Mateo Kovacic is another doubt, while Kai Havertz has a hamstring strain.
The good news for the Blues is that Romelu Lukaku is primed to return.
Marcos Alonso and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will likely come in for Chilwell and Kante, though Tuchel could also use Cesar Azpilicueta as the left wing-back or at centre-back in place of Trevoh Chalobah.
United will miss Harry Maguire after his red card humiliation at Vicarage Road, with Raphael Varane's injury meaning Eric Bailly is due to start. Paul Pogba is a long-term absentee, with Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw and Mason Greenwood (Covid) all doubts.
Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford will push for recalls after starting on the bench against Villarreal, with Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial at risk of dropping out.
Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Mount, Hudson-Odoi; Lukaku
Manchester United predicted XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; Fred, McTominay; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo
Chelsea : 4/7
Manchester United: 5/1
United have renewed momentum here after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure with Michael Carrick putting in the foundations for a 2-0 win at Villarreal. This game should suit United in terms of approach, with the visitors likely to spend long spells suffering without the ball. We’ll look to United being efficient on the break though with their star power able to snatch a point. 1-1.