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Chelsea lie six points ahead of Manchester United as the sides go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge in the battle for UEFA Champions League qualification.

Both teams are looking for a first win in four attempts, while Man Utd can complete the double over their hosts.

Frank Lampard’s side return from their winter break hoping to resurrect their early season form, with the Blues having won just one of their previous five league outings. Chelsea played out an exciting 2-2 draw with Leicester last time out, and Monday signals the start of a difficult three-game period in which they take on United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich in consecutive fixtures.

Man United will be chomping at the bit to get back to winning ways, having failed to win any of their previous three league games. Travelling supporters will be eager to get another glimpse of new boy Bruno Fernandes as well, following his fairly low-key debut against Wolves.

Kick-Off Time & Match Officials

Kick-Off time: UTC 2020/02/17 20:00 at Stamford Bridge

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Stuart Attwell. VAR: Chris Kavanagh. Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis.

Team News

Christian Pulisic is ruled out for Chelsea, who are also missing Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

However Tammy Abraham continues to be monitored and Frank Lampard is “hopeful” he will be able to play.

Nemanja Matic is available for Man Utd having served a one-match suspension, while new signing Odion Ighalo could be in line to make his debut.

Axel Tuanzebe and Scott McTominay have stepped up their return to fitness, but the match may come too soon. Marcus Rashford (back), Tim Fosu-Mensah (thigh) and Paul Pogba (ankle) remain sidelined.

Stats to Watch

Eight of Tammy Abraham’s 13 Premier League goals this season have given Chelsea the lead in a match. No other player’s goals has put their side ahead more often this term.

Chelsea have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League home games against Manchester United (W10 D6), and are unbeaten in their last six since a 2-3 loss in October 2012.

Following their 4-0 victory at Old Trafford on the opening weekend, Man Utd are looking to secure their first league double over Chelsea since the 1987-88 campaign.

Chelsea haven’t beaten the Red Devils in their last five encounters in all competitions.

Manchester United have already won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the League Cup this season – the last team to win away at Chelsea twice in the same season were Liverpool in 2011-12.

Chelsea are winless in three Premier League games (D2 L1), last going four without a win in the competition in May 2016.

Manchester United have taken just four points from 15 available in the Premier League so far in 2020 – only Crystal Palace (3) have earned fewer.

Manchester United have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League games, including each of the last three in a row. They last failed to score in four consecutive league games back in April 1989.

Probable Lineups

Prediction

Both sides have been predictably unpredictable this season, making this a difficult game to call.

Chelsea’s home advantage should make them favourites, but the Blues have often found life difficult at Stamford Bridge this season, perhaps struggling with the weight of expectation from the home crowd.

United have generally been better against the big boys this season, epitomised by their two games against Chelsea already this term. However, without Rashford in their ranks, the Red Devils lack a creative spark on the counter-attack, and will likely struggle to create a vast amount of opportunities.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United

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