Chelsea players will be returning to London from their international exploits excited about continuing their hot start to the season.

Maurizio Sarri’s side remain undefeated after eight games in the league and are joint top of the table.

Last time out they breezed past Southampton 3-0 and they’ll be looking to extend their unbeaten start as they welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Jose Mourinho’s side on the other hand haven’t had the best start to the season.

They lie eighth in the table, with rumours constantly flying about Mourinho’s impeding sacking.

With all these storylines going into the game, it should make for intriguing viewing so lets look at some of Chelsea’s selection dilemmas:

Ross Barkley over Mateo Kovacic?

Despite not playing much last season, Ross Barkley is quickly becoming a key player for Sarri.

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After having a good pre-season, the former Everton man has been splitting time with Kovacic in the midfield.

And his good form at club level was rewarded with England as he started their two vital Nations League games.

And Sarri may look to keep Barkley’s good form going by handing him the start on Saturday.

Rudiger to miss out through injury?

Although he was slightly shaky last season, Antonio Rudiger has quickly become one of Chelsea’s most reliable players.

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He’s played every league game so far this season and has struck up a good partnership with David Luiz.

But he had to withdraw from the Germany squad last week with a groin injury, and that injury could keep him out of Saturday’s match.

Therefore, Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen will both be vying for his spot and the chance to replace him.

Predicted XI:

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