How will Chelsea react to unusual kickoff time against Manchester United?

Chelsea fans might be excused for dropping a double take when they look at the fixtures this week.

The Blues’ Europa League exploits this season mean that most weeks we are on the Thursday and Sunday setup.

This week, coming off the international break, things are suddenly different. Rather than the late Sunday kickoffs we’ve grown accustomed to in recent weeks, we’ll be out there on Saturday for the early kickoff.

As well as the fans, that will be a test for the player. Early kickoffs always have a different flavour, and it will be interesting to see who this suits. United have been in terrible form, but ended the last game before the break with a huge comeback against Newcastle.

Will they be able to keep up that momentum, or will they slump back to the issues that saw them digging that hole in the first place?

As for Chelsea, we were producing a steady stream of good performances before this break. Will we be able to get back to that, or will it be us whose influence is disrupted by two weeks off and an early start?