Chelsea will host Manchester united in the highlight fixtures of the English Premier League match 26 on Monday night in their first post-winter-break match. 

The match will be crucial for both sides as they battle for a Champions League spot. 

Chelsea are ahead of their Monday night opponents with six points and can make it nine with a win at Stamford Bridge. 

Man United will be looking for a first double over the Blues since 1987/88. 

United have already won twice against the Blues this season; a 4-0 win in the Premier League and a 2-1 win in the League Cup quarter-finals.

Chelsea

Chelsea will welcome Christian Pulisic after more than a month out with an injury he picked on New Year’s Day. 

The club was also boosted with the return of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is back in training and even took part in a Development match early in the week. 

The match comes too soon for him but his recovery is good news for Frank Lampard and company.

Apart from Loftus-Cheek and Marco Van Ginkel, Lampard has a fully-fit squad to pick from. 

Youngster Billy Gilmour was also permanently promoted to the senior team following impressive performances.

Manchester United

Unlike Frank Lampard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a number of injury worries to worry about. 

Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe, Tim Fosu-Mensah, and Scott McTominay will not be available for the match, even though they have made good progress in their recoveries. 

Tuanzebe, Fosu-Mensah, and McTominay all joined the senior team in their tour of Spain during the winter break, and are expected back soon.

Pogba and Rashford are still some way off, even though the former was spotted training for the first time without his protective boot. 

New signings Odion Ighalo and Bruno Fernandes are expected to feature for the Red Devils on Monday, even though the Nigerian has not trained with the team since his arrival.

 

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