Chelsea are without Spain striker Diego Costa due to a hamstring strain, but Loic Remy could return from a calf injury. Remy missed last week’s 1-0 win at QPR, as did his fellow striker Costa, who could return from his hamstring injury in next week’s match at Arsenal. The rest of the Chelsea squad is fit and available for the match.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will have to reshuffle his defence. United can move within five points of the leaders with victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. But their chances of winning have been harmed after Van Gaal revealed that Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick will all be missing for the game in London. With Jonny Evans still suspended, that leaves the United manager with Chris Smalling, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett as the only available centre-halves. Van Gaal could decide to deploy Wayne Rooney in a deeper midfield berth to cope with the injury problems.