Writer: Red Boy
Date:Monday February 28 2011
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?
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Martin Atkinson will be the man keeping the game flowing and keeping the peace (we hope!)
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!
A trip to Anfield, this weekend, beckons.
Date:Monday February 28 2011
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