Chelsea (4-4-1-1) Cech; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Willian, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard; Oscar, Torres.
Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic will continue to be out for the clash with United due to muscle and knee injuries. John Obi Mikel could return to the starting line up against United, with David Luiz perhaps making way. Fernando Torres could keep his place upfront ahead of Samuel Eto’o after scoring against Hull in a 2-0 win last weekend.
Man Utd (4-2-3-1) De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Januzaj; Kagawa; Welbeck.
David Moyes has a major selection worry for the game at Stamford Bridge. The United injury list also includes Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Nani, Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney. Robin van Persie might not start but will definately be in the matchday squad. Danny Welbeck will hold hopes of leading the line.
No Rooney for Chelsea clash? Ermm.. Im not watching that match
— François (@obiaa_ba_ny3) January 17, 2014
Yet another clueless fool insisting Mourinho was ‘devastated’ not to get United job. Why is it so hard to believe that he wanted Chelsea.
— Connor O’Reilly (@Snake14691) January 17, 2014
BREAKING: @leobancroft confirms Fernando Torres has had a haircut ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.
— Nour Agha (@NourAgha) January 17, 2014
The Special One returns to Stamford Bridge
Eden Hazard has set the Premier Leage alight this season with his goals from midfield and after scoring last time out against Hull you reckon he’ll fancy his chances.
Manchester United have failed to score in their last three games against Chelsea in all competitions.
Juan Mata has scored in each of his last three Premier League starts against Manchester United.
Robin van Persie has scored more goals at Stamford Bridge than any other visiting player in Barclays Premier League history (6).
Javier Hernandez has scored in six of his last nine appearances in all competitions against Chelsea.
There have been five penalties awarded in the last four meetings between these two sides at Stamford Bridge.
Wayne Rooney has scored four goals in his last four matches at Stamford Bridge in all competitions.
Danny Welbeck has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances.
There have been 21 goals scored in the last four matches between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
David Moyes has never won away from home to one of the Premier League’s traditional big four – Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal (P47 W0 D18 L29).
Chelsea have won 16 and lost none of their last 19 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge (D3).
Manchester United have won five and lost none of their last seven Premier League away games (D2).
Manchester United (4) and Chelsea (2) are responsible for 46% of the 13 bookings for simulation in the Premier League this season.