Jose Mourinho was right to call Chelsea vs Manchester United: 3rd vs the reigning champions; calling the game anything else would have done a disservice to United and the pedigree they hold.
Yes I am aware United have been poor all season, yes I am aware Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are out, but no team packs a bigger bite than United in the Premier League when they have been discarded; Mourinho has done well to remember this.
As for how the match will go, with United missing their two best players and being away from home, it is quite obvious they will do what Chelsea did to them earlier in the year and sit back deep.
This means that for the first time in eons, the onus will be on a Jose Mourinho team to break the deadlock in a big match. Given that Chelsea are used to teams opening up to them, it will be a different prospect they are facing today and not necessarily one they will relish.
Everton and Crystal Palace are teams that shut up shop against Chelsea whilst they were fortuitous enough to grab a victory at home against Palace, Everton defeated them one-nil away from home.
The reason why Chelsea struggle in these sort of matches is because they are not the most creative on the ball, they rely on one or two skilled individuals to create an opening and general look to ground down their opponents.
For this reason Chelsea will look to the likes of Eden Hazard to spontaneously create a gap through a mazy dribble, or for Oscar to smash a shot in from distance.
However, if Chelsea do not score a goal early on, I would expect United to grow into the game and with the pace of Valencia and Welbeck (who is most likely to start up front), as well as the skills of Januzaj, United do possess threats of their own.
What this game may boil down to is the temperaments of the managers. How badly does Mourinho want to stay in touch with the top two? From the first round of big matches, Mourinho was very content with his side's defensive displays; with very little possibility of Chelsea dropping out the top 4, now is the time for Chelsea to go on the offensive.
Moyes is a little bit harder to read. Only once were Everton ever really involved in the race for the last Champions League spot, and that year Liverpool gifted it to them as they focused their exertions on winning the cup itself in 2005. However, with the massive expectations at United, one assumes he has to attack at some point in the match too.
We can certainly expect a cagey beginning, before the match explodes into life later on. In either case I suspect they just might cancel each other out - a result that pleases neither.
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United