Manchester United travel to London on the back of a poor run of games as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to undercut Frank Lampard one more time this campaign.
The season starter set an unexpected precedent for both clubs, one that they’ve struggled to maintain all season. With Chelsea’s fourth-place spot in grave danger over the next week, just how much damage will United be able to inflict on Monday?
Frank Lampard has done a decent job since taking over, although defensive concerns have plagued Chelsea incessantly.
In terms of injuries, the London Blues will be without Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with breakthrough performer Tammy Abraham remaining a late concern, although more on the probable side of being fit. Charlie Musonda, Davide Zappacosta, and Marco Van Ginkel remain long-term absentees.
It will be interesting to see who will be protecting their net on Monday as Lampard had benched Kepa Arrizabalaga and started with Willy Caballero during the 2-2 draw to Leicester City.
Defenders: James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta
Midfielders: Kante, Jorginho
Forwards: Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Pedro; Abraham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s injury list remains a pensive affair with Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba not fit enough to travel. Axel Tuanzebe, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, and Marcus Rashford remain injured.
Nemanja Matic returns from suspension which is bound to free up the midfield a bit, while Odion Ighalo’s impact and potential debut will almost certainly come from the bench as per the Norwegian gaffer.
The game will also be the first chance for Bruno Fernandes to make his mark after extensive training with his new teammates.
The forward-line still remains a point of contention with United failing to score in four out of their past five Premier League fixtures.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw
Midfielders: Fred, Matic; Mata, Fernandes, James