Chelsea and Manchester United renew their longstanding Premier League rivalry
Last Updated: 26/10/12 12:13pm
Super Sunday: Chelsea and Manchester United renew their longstanding rivalry
First meets second in the Premier League on Super Sunday as Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
The two rivals meet in arguably the biggest game of the season so far and one that could have long-term ramifications in the title race.
Chelsea currently have a four-point lead in the table and so will remain at the summit no matter what happens in London.
But Sir Alex Ferguson will want United to inflict psychological damage on Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea, who lost to Shakhtar Donetsk in their midweek defence of the UEFA Champions League.
United, who came from two goals down to pick up a 3-2 win over Braga in Europe, also visit Stamford Bridge with some reason to be confident.
Last season's Premier League runners-up have won four and lost none of the last five matches against Chelsea in all competitions.
But United have also won just one of the last 12 trips to Stamford Bridge in all competitions, while Chelsea have won 10 and lost just one of their last 13 Premier League home games.
Chelsea will again be without captain John Terry as the defender serves another game of his four-match ban.
The centre-back is suspended for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, who is the brother of Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand.
Frank Lampard underwent a scan on the calf injury he sustained against Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek and it remains to be seen if the midfielder is fit.
Manchester United will be without Shinji Kagawa for three to four weeks due to the playmaker's knee injury.
Chris Smalling is back training and therefore could be involved at Stamford Bridge while United hope Phil Jones will start training in November.
Sir Alex Ferguson has no other fitness concerns in his squad and will decide what to do with his strikers after Javier Hernandez's heroics against Braga.
- Wayne Rooney has scored five goals in his last six appearances in all competitions against Chelsea
- David Luiz has scored in both of his appearances for Chelsea against United at Stamford Bridge
- Juan Mata has scored three goals and assisted five more in his last four Premier League appearances
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 23 Schwarzer
- 28 Azpilicueta
- 24 Cahill
- 4 David Luiz
- 3 Cole
- 12 Mikel
- 8 Lampard
- 22 Willian
- 14 Schurrle
- 15 De Bruyne
- 29 Eto'o
Team taken from Chelsea vs Sunderland (Capital One Cup) on Tuesday 17th December 2013
- 1 De Gea
- 2 Rafael
- 12 Smalling
- 6 Evans
- 3 Evra
- 23 Cleverley
- 4 Jones
- 8 Anderson
- 25 Valencia
- 19 Welbeck
- 18 Young
Team taken from Manchester United vs Stoke City (Capital One Cup) on Wednesday 18th December 2013
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Chelsea v Man Utd
John Obi Mikel would have no problem with referee Mark Clattenburg taking charge of a Chelsea match in the future.
John Obi Mikel has been handed a three-match suspension for his actions following Chelsea's defeat to Manchester United.
Referees' union Prospect have repeated their call for Chelsea to apologise to Mark Clattenburg and pay him compensation.
- Sunday return for Clattenburg
- Clattenburg keen to move on
- Quick return for Clattenburg
- Chelsea's Mikel charged by FA
- Chelsea accept FA's decision
- Refs' union demands apology
- Clattenburg cleared by FA
- Cole quizzed in Mikel probe
- No recall yet for Clattenburg
- Clattenburg waits on FA
- Chelsea approach questioned
- Police drop Clattenburg probe
- Clattenburg remains sidelined
- Ferguson fears for Clattenburg
- Di Matteo hits out at Fergie
- Fergie: Clattenburg not racist
- Chelsea make formal complaint
- Mikel and Mata could be absent
- Taylor wants quick resolution
- Met confirm Clattenburg probe
- Romeu: Mata heard nothing
- Police called over Clattenburg