Maurizio Sarri has taken 20 points from a possible 24 so far. Chelsea FC picked up a 3-0 win away at Southampton thanks to goals from Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata.

And it is none other than Manchester United and old boss Jose Mourinho who await them in the first Premier League clash after the international break.

Mourinho is under pressure at Old Trafford after a turbulent start to the campaign that has left them seven points adrift of his former side.

For Chelsea; Ethan Ampadu has been ruled out after picking up a knee injury during Wales’ 4-1 defeat to Spain last week, while Sarri is sweating on the fitness of Antonio Rudiger, who withdrew from Germany’s latest squad as a result of injury.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is likely to start in between the sticks.

He may be a doubt, yet Rudiger is still expected to start at the back alongside Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso.

N’Golo Kante and Jorginho should definitely start in midfield; leaving Sarri with a decision to make in picking between Barkley and Mateo Kovacic – however, the latter is expected to get the nod in what is such a crucial outing.

The Blues success could lie in the hands of star man Eden Hazard, on fire right now, who will start on the left wing, with Willian deployed on the opposite flank.

Morata got on the scoresheet after coming off the bench in their previous outing at Southampton but Sarri is likely to snub the Spaniard and stick with Olivier Giroud upfront.