Chelsea and Manchester United face a huge Super Sunday clash at Stamford Bridge as both clubs look to hang onto the coattails of Premier League leaders, Manchester City.
Manchester City host Arsenal earlier on Sunday afternoon and a win for Pep Guardiola's side will put them eight points ahead of Manchester United in second and a huge twelve points ahead of holders, Chelsea, in the race for the 2017/18 Premier League title.
Despite the magnitude of Sunday's clash at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has stressed the importance of not losing ground on the league leaders, Man City. Conte said, "Now there are big problems for all the teams that want to fight for the title. The big problem is Manchester City. If City continue in this way it will be difficult to fight for the title. We have to try to do our best."
Chelsea have an impressive recent record against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, losing just once in the last fifteen games they've hosted the Red Devils. In fact, in the Premier League era, no team has recorded more wins (17) or scored more goals (66) against Manchester United than Chelsea.
This season however, Chelsea have struggled for form at home and are looking to win back-to-back games at Stamford Bridge for the first time this season.
Manchester United have recorded more points from their opening ten league games since the Sir Alex Ferguson era but such is City's dominance, the Red Devils trail their city neighbours by five points.
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both tried and failed to fill the massive void left by Ferguson and now it is the turn of former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, to try and bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. Seeing Chelsea's most successful ever manager return to Stamford Bridge with a visiting team will always add an extra dimension to what is already a massive rivalry.
When asked about the prospect of returning to Chelsea on Sunday, Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho said, "I have to admit it's a little bit different but in the end, I want to win like I did with Inter. They want to win like they did last season and it's just one more day. In a couple of years, it will be even more natural, and in four or five years probably no one will remember that I was Chelsea manager and it becomes absolutely normal. It isn't a big thing. One day you are in one club, the next day you're in another club."
Chelsea will be boosted by the return of N'Golo Kante on Sunday. The French international was sorely missed in Tuesday's disappointing 3-0 reverse away to Roma in the Champions League and he is set to be named in the Chelsea midfield alongside Tiemoue Bakayoko. The defensive frailties of Cesc Fabregas were highlighted when trying to replace the diminutive Frenchman. Fabregas could now be pushed further forward to offer a creative spark to the Chelsea frontline.
For Manchester United, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young will come back into the starting eleven after they were rested for the 2-0 win at home to Benfica. United played a back-three in the recent 1-0 win at home to Tottenham Hotspur and could opt to match Chelsea's 3-4-2-1 formation at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho isn't the only former blue returning to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United. Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku both made their names at Chelsea before leaving for pastures new.
Match odds (courtesy of Betfred):
Chelsea - 8/5
Draw - 21/10
Manchester United - 21/10