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Chelsea vs. Manchester United

Stamford Bridge

01/03/11

20:00

On Sky

Chelsea v United

United travel to London to take on a Chelsea side that in recent weeks have looked far from genuine title contenders. Can United inflict a defeat on the current title holders to finally kill off any hope they may harbour of catching us?

Vital Quotes:

Chelsea might bleat on about making a late dash for the title but, in all seriousness, it looks an impossible task for the London side, but Nemanja Vidic still urges a little caution reminding everyone what a strange season it has been, commenting,

"They`re so many points behind us it will be very difficult for Chelsea to get back in the title race if they don`t beat us."

"But we know anything can happen. Look at how it changed for Chelsea in the league this season."

"They were doing so well then they lost four or five games and everything changed. You never know in this league."


I still reckon a win will narrow the title race down to two real contenders, us and Arsenal.

Chelsea Team News:

Chelsea are without two of their squad, the former Liverpool player - Yossi Benayoun has been out for most of the season whilst another casualty, Alex, is still struggling to regain full fitness since picking up an injury against Arsenal in a 2-0 Chelsea win.

Chelsea spent big-time on January transfer deadline day and we should expect to face both Fernando Torres and David Luiz. They also have their Russian international, Yuri Zhirkov, back after injury. Didier Drogba though, is expected to make way for a Torres and Anelka front pairing.

Player to watch: Ashley 'Gunner` Cole

Once again in the headlines for the wrong reasons but still one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, if not the world.

Manchester United Team News:

United travel south with a lengthy injury list, definitely out are Ferdinand, Valencia, Owen, Hargreaves, Park and Evans.

Sir Alex Ferguson may have a dilemma up front, does he stick with Javier Hernandez after his two-goal burst against Wigan or does he recall his top scorer, Dimitar Berbatov?

Player to watch: Chris Smalling

Stood in admirably for the injured Rio Ferdinand but facing any two out of Torres, Anelka and Drogba could be a real test for this young man.

Match Facts & Stats

United haven`t fared well at Stamford Bridge in recent years, they`ve not won there since 2002. During that time Chelsea have won five times and drawn three times in the last eight games.

But Stamford Bridge isn`t the fortress it once was, in their last six games they`ve only won two, drawing two and losing two.

United, on the other hand are in good form having won five out of their last six games and on the back of a fine 4-0 win at the DW Stadium this weekend.

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson will be the man keeping the game flowing and keeping the peace (we hope!)

Match Prediction:

Time for revenge, Chelsea beat us home and away last season, those six points being the difference between a record 19th title and staying on 18. We`ve already beaten them, convincingly, in the Community Shield and I see no reason why we can`t get a win on Tuesday evening. 2-0 To United!

Next Fixtures:

A trip to Anfield, this weekend, beckons.




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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 28 2011

Time: 7:04PM

Your Comments

Hmm....I won't be there tomorrow night 'cos it's a toss up between a GUNS n Roses or ELBOW concert....hur hur
lordjohnny
Well it will be hard fought but a draw would really suit me here anything more is a massive bonus. No doubt Chelsea will up there game for us but even then it would seem the squad has completely lost control due to a lack of authority, hopefully this shows in their game tomorrow.
TheFamousNo7
Lol lack of authority TFN... The cheek of it! Authority should be fine tonight... as long as Clattenburg is not the ref...
Mix26
I'm on about the lack of authority at the Chelsea camp in case you misinterpreted my comment. The Chelsea players uninterested and there's no authorative figure to prevent them performing so poorly. I mean Ashley Cole walking into their training ground with an air rifle, paraded it to his friends, aimed down the sight and shot at someone. Who told him no? I'm guessing Ancelotti didn't.
TheFamousNo7
Hahahaha! TheFamousNoPoo! Sorry, what? I can't hear you over Vidic's red card and Rooney's insistent moaning!
Tempah
Slightly disappointed, whilst we defended admirably and the attack made the most of the poor service recieved the midfield once again showed that it really needs reinforcing, they were no existent all attacks began from Van Der Sar, who is my man of the match. Calls didn't go our ways but tis the manner of the game I suppose, some go for ya some against ya. Not taking nothing away from Chelsea they were brilliant in defense and midfield however I felt the frontline, despite it's individual brilliance, just isn't going to work unless there's a lone striker.
TheFamousNo7
Tempah, refer to the league table and your current position to see that we're the ones still laughing pal.
TheFamousNo7
We were crap in the 2nd half, Carrick needs to ***** off somewhere else, Fletcher couldn't pass the ball, it says something about our midfield when the only one who actually passed the ball forward and found a red shirt was a 36 year old who unfortunately cannot play for 90 minutes in a high tempo game, how long until we actually invest in a midfielder who can pick out a pass and attack from the centre of the pitch. Tempah you are an idiot, it says it all that this game was a must win for your lot.
Kanchelskis
Also, hopefully we can rely on the typical Arsenal collapse which usually kicks in right about now as I can see us needing it in the near future.
TheFamousNo7
Wassamater, ref didn't come to your incredibbly poor team's rescue tonight? Oh the irony of sluralex whining about not getting fair decisions. Boohoo.
fifthcolumnblue
what's that you say TF7? Van der Sar starting most of your attacks? Playing long ball again eh? Hooooooof. "typical Arsenal collapse" bit derogatory there mate don't you think? ;-)
Bluedub
You guys trolling ;) Bluedub, yes I was being derogatory, the thing is i'm not going to deny it. As for the long ball merchanting, it's frustrating, but it's why we're sitting on top of the league.
TheFamousNo7
So what your saying is watch out - next season Stoke are going to win the league? Because thats who the rags are increasingly coming to resemble.
fifthcolumnblue
Oh come off it fcb, Barcelona play positive passing football and win pretty much everything whilst Arsenal, try as they might, just can't play that game to the same effect. The same applies with all tactics, whilst we are playing a boring frustrating game at the moment we do it much more effectively than Stoke, thus us being top of the league. If Fergie believes the best way to win is to distiribute the ball from the keeper whilst the other team is attacking thus, if recieved well, cutting out the oppositions midfield and frontline leaving the defense exposed, then that is the route we take. Who am I to complain? Who are you to criticise? This approach has led to us being the top of the table. Personally I don't like the defensive approach but quite frankly Mourinho has always used this approach and he has always been successful, this approach has inspired Fergie to adopt it as it is, or was rather, the only way to beat Chelsea to the title and we won 3 league titles and got to consecutive CL finals, winning one of them. If our counter-attacking football is frustrating you, well, that means it's working.
TheFamousNo7
I think Rooney got what he deserved considering he should be serving at least a 3 match ban for a deliberate elbow in mcarthys face. Love that after that game fergie is saying "You cant argue with the ref" then after the chelsea game, he blames the ref for loosing the game...
chris skyline
 

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