After suffering a 4-0 humiliation in the reverse fixture against Manchester United earlier in the season, Chelsea will be eager to avenge that defeat as they host the Red Devils tonight at Stamford Bridge.
Indeed, this is one of the most anticipated games on the Premier League calendar and both teams are expected to give good accounts of themselves, especially as the teams are freshened after the newly introduced Winter Break.
United are currently ninth in the Premier League table, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and they will be hoping to narrow the gap with a rare win at Stamford Bridge.
For Chelsea, they have been unsuccessful in recent outings against United, hence they will be looking to beat the Red Devils for the first time since May 2018.
Still without the services of Paul Pogba, United are depleted in the midfield, while Marcus Rashford’s back injury has taken away another of their most talented players.
Solskjaer’s squad is stretched at the moment, but Bruno Fernandes impressed in his debut against Wolves last time out.
There could also be the first appearance for Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo on Monday night.
For Chelsea, Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are not available for Frank Lampard’s side, but leading scorer Tammy Abraham should be available having used the winter break to recover from a troublesome ankle issue.
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Kickoff is 9.00 p.m.
Ighalo on the bench
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United team to face Chelsea in the Premier League tonight has been announced.
Nigeria international Odion Ighalo is on the bench while the other recent signing, Bruno Fernandes is starting
United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire (c), Bailly, Shaw, Williams; Fred, Matic, Fernandes; James, Martial.
Substitutes: Romero, Jones, Dalot, Mata, Andreas, Ighalo, Greenwood.
Chelsea Starting XI: Caballero, James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi.
subs: Kepa, Tomori, Zouma, Alonso, Barkley, Mount, Giroud.