Guus Hiddink's Chelsea will be aiming to stretch their unbeaten run in the Premier League to nine games when they welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues have managed to steady the ship following the appointment of the Dutch manager, although they will be disappointed to have been held to a goalless draw by Watford last time out. A victory over the Red Devils could see the Blues rise as high as 11th place in the league standings, depending on results elsewhere.
Manchester United, meanwhile, will head into Sunday's encounter in good spirits after seeing off the challenge of Stoke City in midweek, goals from Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney securing a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford.
In team news, Chelsea will have to make do without the services of strike duo Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao.
However, Spain international Pedro is back in contention, having returned to training this week following a groin injury. New loan signing Alexandre Pato is still short on match fitness and is not yet ready to make his debut, according to Hiddink.
"Pato is in his pre-season. We have made a training plan which he is doing now, training at least once but most of the days twice, which means he is getting his fitness but not full fitness yet," Hiddink told the club's official website.
"He will not be in for the upcoming few games because we want to have him fit because we don't want the risk of injury in this tough league."
United manager Louis van Gaal has a number of injuries to contend with ahead of Sunday's crunch clash.
Defender Phil Jones could feature but will have to undergo a late fitness test as he looks to recover from an ankle problem in time for kick-off.
However, Ashley Young (groin), Marcos Rojo (shoulder) and Antonio Valencia (ankle) remain on the treatment table.