Stamford Bridge plays host to Stoke City with Carlo Ancelotti knowing a win is an absolute must.
Chelsea captain John Terry is suspended after his sending-off last weekend against Tottenham.
Didier Drogba is expected to play despite his ongoing groin injury while Ashley Cole looks set to return, but John Obi Mikel (ankle) is ruled out.
Stoke’s England hopeful Ryan Shawcross is back in the squad after two months out with an ankle injury.
Fit-again winger Matthew Etherington is expected to replace Liam Lawrence after coming off the bench last week.
Suspended: Terry (one match) Doubtful: Drogba (groin)
Injured: Bosingwa & Essien (both knee), Carvalho & Mikel (both ankle)
Doubtful: Diao (calf), Fuller (Achilles), Sidibe (groin) (BBC Sport)
Carlo Ancelotti will be pressing the importance of this Stamford Bridge encounter to his Chelsea players as they look to leapfrog back over Man United against a Stoke City side who have very little to play for and whom have not won away at the west London outfit in a league game since 1974.
It took a last gasp goal from Florent Malouda to give Chelsea a win at the Britannia earlier in the season and goals from Frank Lampard and John Terry helped Ancelotti’s men beat the Potters on the way to the FA Cup Final.
Here are some highlights from past battles between the two.
Chelsea 2-0 Stoke City FA Cup March 2010
Stoke City 1-2 Chelsea Premier League September 2009