Giants meet at Stamford Bridge.
Sadly, pre-match t-shirt wearing and handshakes is again likely to grab the headlines regardless of what happens of the pitch, as Rio Ferdinand of Man United comes up against Ashley Cole of Chelsea. John Terry, thankfully, is suspended and joins the injured Frank Lampard on the sidelines, giving us a glimpse of the Chelsea team of the future.
Venue Stamford Bridge, Sunday 4pm
Last season Chelsea 3 Man Utd 3
Referee Mark Clattenburg
This season’s matches 5 Y24, R2, 5.20 cards per game
Odds Chelsea 6-4 Man Utd 2-1 Draw 5-2
Subs from Hilário, Turnbull, Romeu, Moses, Malouda, Ferreira, Piazón, Marin, Sturridge, Azpilicueta, Bertrand
Injured Lampard (calf, 11 Nov)
Suspended Terry (second of four)
Form guide WWWWDW
Disciplinary record Y12 R0
Leading scorer Torres 4
Subs from Johnstone, Anderson, Giggs, Smalling, Hernández, Nani, Henríquez, Cleverley, Fletcher, Bébé, Young, Buttner, Macheda, Powell, Wootton
Doubtful Smalling (metatarsal)
Injured Jones (knee, 3 Nov), Lindegaard (thumb, 10 Nov), Vidic (knee, 17 Nov), Kagawa (knee, 24 Nov)
Form guide WWLWWW
Disciplinary record Y9 R1
Leading scorer Van Persie 6
CaughtOffside Predicted Line-Ups
The clubs have met 40 times in the Premier League: Chelsea lead by 13 wins to United’s 12, with both teams scoring 53 goals. Chelsea are the only team in the Premier League era with a positive win/loss record against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
Chelsea are unbeaten against Manchester United in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge in their last 10 meetings since a 3-0 defeat in April 2002. This is United’s longest run without a win at a top-flight ground since a 16-game winless streak at West Ham (1969-87).
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last five games against Chelsea in all competitions (W4 D1).
But United’s last Premier League win at Chelsea came back in April 2002.
The Red Devils have not drawn away from home in the top flight since their 3-3 result at Chelsea in February, a run of 11 matches
Chelsea have 22 points from their first eight Premier League games. That tally has only been bettered once in Premier League history – by Chelsea (24) in 2005-06.
The Londoners are the only team in the Premier League still boasting a 100% home record.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side have benefited from six league goals by defenders this season – more than any other side in the division. They also have the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League alongside Arsenal, with just six goals conceded.
Fernando Torres has scored four goals in his last seven Premier League starts against Manchester United.
David Luiz has scored in his last two Premier League appearances against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Juan Mata has scored three goals and provided five assists in his last four league games
Manchester United are the Premier League’s top scorers with 21 goals from their first eight games.
Robin van Persie has scored six goals in eight Premier League games – his most ever at this stage of the season.
Van Persie has also scored five goals in his last two Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge, while Wayne Rooney has six goals in his last eight Premier League appearances against Chelsea.
Manchester United have recovered more points from losing positions than any other team in the Premier League this season (12). They have conceded the first goal in eight of their 12 league and cup games in 2012-13.
This will be Sir Alex Ferguson’s 50th top-flight meeting with Chelsea. He has won 16, drawn 18 and lost 15 of the previous 49 and boasts just six wins from 25 league trips to Stamford Bridge.
CaughtOffside Predicted: 2-1 Chelsea. The Blues to go marching on.