Manchester United need just one point against a struggling Chelsea outfit to secure their spot in next season’s Champions League.

Manchester City, Arsenal and Newcastle United have already confirmed their places in the competition and United are the favourites to join the party, sitting three points clear of Liverpool having played one game fewer than Jurgen Klopp’s side.

It’s all to play for for United, but for Chelsea, it’s all about pride. They cannot finish higher than 11th and are set to record their lowest points tally in the Premier League era. Fans just want something to cheer about.

Here’s all you need to know about this one.

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Marcus Rashford should be back fit after his return from an injury was halted by a fresh illness. After two games out, United’s top scorer is on track to start again here.

There will, however, be no returns for Lisandro Martinez, Tom Heaton, Donny van de Beek, Marcel Sabitzer or Phil Jones.

(4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lindelof, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Rashford

Frank Lampard’s quest to build up Chelsea’s fitness levels has, inevitably, led to a barrage of injuries. The latest admission to the treatment room is centre-back Benoit Badiashile, who will miss pre-season because of what has now been confirmed to be a hamstring injury.

It’s a bit crowded in there already as Chelsea are also without Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell, Armando Broja, Marc Cucurella, Reece James and Marcus Bettinelli.

Joao Felix, who missed the Manchester City defeat with a minor injury, should be fit enough to make the squad.

(3-4-2-1): Kepa; Chalobah, Silva, Fofana; Azpilicueta, Fernandez, Loftus-Cheek, Hall; Gallagher, Madueke; Havertz

While Chelsea’s performance in their 1-0 defeat to Man City was much improved, it mustn’t be forgotten that Pep Guardiola rested most of his big names and nobody at the Etihad even cared, considering they were confirmed as champions the night before.

Back against a side who actually do have something to play for, Chelsea could struggle here. United will know there is no room for a slip-up in their pursuit of Champions League football – Liverpool should beat bottom side Southampton on the final day and Fulham’s visit to Old Trafford won’t be easy – so Erik ten Hag will want the job taken care of as soon as possible.

A simple win for United looks to be on the cards.

Prediction: Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea

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