Wounded Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United meet in a potentially explosive FA Cup fifth round tie at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
bet365 match odds: Chelsea evens, Draw 11/4, Man United 29/10
The two sides, direct rivals in the race for top four places, come into this clash with a lot to atone for. This FA Cup tie is therefore the earliest opportunity for both sides to make amends.
Chelsea beat Malmo 2-1 in the Europa League last 32 first leg in Sweden, but the win would have done very little to placate fans still reeling from their side’s chastening 6-0 capitulation at Manchester City.
United saw their 11-match unbeaten run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ended by PSG in a Champions League last 16 first leg tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The 2-0 defeat revealed frailties in the United side hitherto masked by the euphoria generated by Ole’s whirlwind start to his temporary Old Trafford rein.
All eyes will therefore be on this clash, with fans keen to see how both sides will react to their respective setbacks.
A Chelsea win would keep their hopes of a domestic cup double alive.
Maurizio Sarri’s men play Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on 24 February - the earliest opportunity for the Blues to avenge their humiliating defeat at the Etihad Stadium and also an opportunity for Sarri to win his first trophy as Chelsea boss.
Chelsea and United have already met once this season, with a dramatic Ross Barkley equaliser in the sixth minute of injury time denying the Red Devils victory at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri is set to restore several key players to the starting line-up for the visit of Manchester United.
Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger and Gonzalo Higuain were all on the bench for the Europa League clash with Malmo.
Manchester United's defeat by PSG came with an added cost.
Forwards Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial were withdrawn at half-time with muscular injuries. They are both unlikely to have recovered in time for the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez stand by to step into the breach, with Juan Mata also in contention.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are also pushing for starting berths. Eric Bailly looks the most vulnerable and likely to defer to either of the England internationals in central defence.
Paul Pogba was sent off against PSG but the ban does not affect his domestic participation.
Draw @ 11/4 bet365
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