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English Premier League, Chelsea versus Manchester United Preview 

 Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has an opportunity to return to winning ways against English Premier League leaders Manchester United, as they travel to Stamford Bridge today. Even though there is little chance of the Blues retaining their Premier League crown, they can still finish in the top four to guarantee a place in next seasons Champions League.

Despite signing Fernando Torres in the January transfer window for a record breaking fee of £50 million, the Blues have been in terrible form. Some have gone as far as to say their performance has actually deteriorated since they signed the Spanish striker. The former Liverpool player has failed to link up with Didier Drogba, which is why Ancelotti now has to decide who he plays in this important clash.

Even though Manchester United are 15 points ahead of fifth place Chelsea, the fixture at Stamford Bridge will be a tough one for the Red Devils. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side has not been able to secure a win at Chelsea in over eight fixtures now. So if history repeats itself Manchester United will either draw or lose to the Blues, in a fixture they need to win if they wish to claim their 19th Premier League title.

Team News 

Chelsea 

Carlo Ancelotti has refused to comment on who will be leading the attack for the Blues, leaving everyone wondering whether Didier Drogba or Fernando Torres will start against league leaders Manchester United. The Italian has the tough choice of either recalling Ivorian striker Drogba to start against rivals United or stick with Torres, who started against FC Copenhagen last week.

Former Benfica defender David Luiz returns to the squad after missing out the Champions League clash since he was cup tied. His return will provide a much needed boost for the Blues who are still without Alex. The Brazilian defender has not yet recovered from his knee injury and faces a lengthy time on the sidelines. Former Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun also remains sidelined with an Achilles injury.

Manchester United 

Rio Ferdinand will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge, not having fully recovered from his calf injury. That means Chris Smalling will start alongside Nemanja Vidic in defense, significantly weakening the central defense which will make it easier for the home side to score. Ryan Giggs might also have to sit out the big clash, having not completely overcome his hamstring injury.

Sir Alex Ferguson previously claimed none of his injured players would be making an appearance against Chelsea, which makes Giggs a doubt for tonight. Striker Wayne Rooney has escaped punishment from the FA for elbowing James McCarthy over the weekend and is set to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He will most likely partner the Dimitar Berbatov, who has been in excellent goal scoring form this season.

Key players 

David Luiz 

The 23 year old central defender returns for the Blues starting lineup, having missed the FA Cup clash against Everton and the Champions League fixture against FC Copenhagen in midweek. Luiz will take his place alongside Captain John Terry and will look to contain England international Wayne Rooney.

Wayne Rooney 

The England international could have very well missed this fixture against the Blues, having been involved in an incident in the 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic. However, he has been cleared by the FA and will try his best and put the weekend’s incident behind him and put his name on the scoring sheet for United.

Teams 

Chelsea 

Petr Cech, Jose Bosingwa, Paulo Ferreira, John Terry, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Yuri Zhirkov, Ashley Cole, John Obi Mikel, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, Ramires, Josh McEachran, Salomon Kalou, Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Ross Turnbull.

Manchester United 

Edwin van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak, Anders Lindegaard, John O'Shea, Rafael, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Wes Brown, Patrice Evra, Fabio, Nani, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes, Darron Gibson, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez, Bebe, Gabriel Obertan.

 

English Premier League, Chelsea versus Manchester United Preview

 Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has an opportunity to return to winning ways against English Premier League leaders Manchester United, as they travel to Stamford Bridge today. Even though there is little chance of the Blues retaining their Premier League crown, they can still finish in the top four to guarantee a place in next seasons Champions League.

Despite signing Fernando Torres in the January transfer window for a record breaking fee of £50 million, the Blues have been in terrible form. Some have gone as far as to say their performance has actually deteriorated since they signed the Spanish striker. The former Liverpool player has failed to link up with Didier Drogba, which is why Ancelotti now has to decide who he plays in this important clash.

Even though Manchester United are 15 points ahead of fifth place Chelsea, the fixture at Stamford Bridge will be a tough one for the Red Devils. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side has not been able to secure a win at Chelsea in over eight fixtures now. So if history repeats itself Manchester United will either draw or lose to the Blues, in a fixture they need to win if they wish to claim their 19th Premier League title.

Team News

Chelsea

Carlo Ancelotti has refused to comment on who will be leading the attack for the Blues, leaving everyone wondering whether Didier Drogba or Fernando Torres will start against league leaders Manchester United. The Italian has the tough choice of either recalling Ivorian striker Drogba to start against rivals United or stick with Torres, who started against FC Copenhagen last week.

Former Benfica defender David Luiz returns to the squad after missing out the Champions League clash since he was cup tied. His return will provide a much needed boost for the Blues who are still without Alex. The Brazilian defender has not yet recovered from his knee injury and faces a lengthy time on the sidelines. Former Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun also remains sidelined with an Achilles injury.

Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge, not having fully recovered from his calf injury. That means Chris Smalling will start alongside Nemanja Vidic in defense, significantly weakening the central defense which will make it easier for the home side to score. Ryan Giggs might also have to sit out the big clash, having not completely overcome his hamstring injury.

Sir Alex Ferguson previously claimed none of his injured players would be making an appearance against Chelsea, which makes Giggs a doubt for tonight. Striker Wayne Rooney has escaped punishment from the FA for elbowing James McCarthy over the weekend and is set to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He will most likely partner the Dimitar Berbatov, who has been in excellent goal scoring form this season.

Key players

David Luiz

The 23 year old central defender returns for the Blues starting lineup, having missed the FA Cup clash against Everton and the Champions League fixture against FC Copenhagen in midweek. Luiz will take his place alongside Captain John Terry and will look to contain England international Wayne Rooney.

Wayne Rooney

The England international could have very well missed this fixture against the Blues, having been involved in an incident in the 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic. However, he has been cleared by the FA and will try his best and put the weekend’s incident behind him and put his name on the scoring sheet for United.

Teams

Chelsea

Petr Cech, Jose Bosingwa, Paulo Ferreira, John Terry, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Yuri Zhirkov, Ashley Cole, John Obi Mikel, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, Ramires, Josh McEachran, Salomon Kalou, Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Ross Turnbull.

Manchester United

Edwin van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak, Anders Lindegaard, John O'Shea, Rafael, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Wes Brown, Patrice Evra, Fabio, Nani, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes, Darron Gibson, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez, Bebe, Gabriel Obertan.

 

 

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