This Halloween encounter sees the two sides meet only three days after an enthralling and controversial league meeting, which saw Manchester United, defeat a nine man Chelsea team 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.
The fallout from the accusations of racial abuse against match referee Mark Clattenburg appear even at this early stage to potentially have far reaching consequences, whatever the outcome of the relevant investigations. But for all the attention this has gathered, both teams will be happy to return to action and for Chelsea, an opportunity for retribution.
Coupled with the Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea are now in real fear of suffering three consecutive defeats in a little over a week. The league leaders will be hoping to defeat United for the first time in seven meetings between the sides.
Branislav Ivanovic, Fernando Torres and John Terry will all miss out through suspension. Frank Lampard’s calf strain means the England midfielder will miss out again. Daniel Sturridge is likely to start up front for Chelsea and the game could also see starts for Spanish right back César Azpilicueta and German midfielder Marko Marin.