Let battle commence!
Chelsea duo Yury Zhirkov and John Mikel Obi are both available after recovering from injuries.
The Blues’ only absentee is right-back Jose Bosingwa, who may require surgery to treat his knee problem.
Man Utd will again be without Rio Ferdinand, with boss Sir Alex Ferguson worried that the defender’s calf injury may be related to a lower back problem.
Nemanja Vidic (calf) should be fit to face the Blues, but Gary Neville sits out the match through suspension.
Suspended: None Doubtful: None Injured: Bosingwa (knee)
Suspended: Neville (two matches)
Doubtful: Berbatov (knee), Giggs (hip), Vidic (calf)
Injured: Ferdinand (calf/back), Hargreaves & Park (both knee), Wellbeck (knee) (BBC Sport)
This match up at Stamford Bridge is considered by many to be between the only two teams really battling for the title, which may well be a little unkind of the chasing pack, and therefore makes this crunch encounter all the more crucial.
Chelsea lead the pack and have home advantage and given their 100% record on their home turf it would be a brave man to predict they could come undone. Sir Alex’s side have not been in convincing form of late but never underestimate Ferguson’s ability to get his side firing on all cylinders when it matters most.
If Man United are not able to call upon the services of Nemanja Vidic then that could have a big bearing on the game with Rio Ferdinand already ruled out of the game. It would be a little early in the title race to suggest that the side who triumphs is in the driving seat in the chase for the Premier League but it would surely act as a massive boost to whomever emerges victorious.
My Prediction: 1-1 draw and cautions a plenty.