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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Match Preview: Manchester United Vs Chelsea

United will proceed to the Premier League on Sunday with a clash with perennial title-contending rival Chelsea FC at Old Trafford. These two giants of the League have shared the last seven Premier League titles. The Reds have battered The Blues in the last season by winning the two-legged Champions League tie and also the title-decider at Old Trafford in the spring. Although the current season is fresh, three points for either club could be a huge plus point for the rest of the season.


United are coming back to the League playing a draw with Benfica to open their 2011-12 UEFA Champions League campaign. United are in a roll with 4 consecutive win in the League with 18 goals and obtaining maximum 12 points. The Giants demolished Arsenal and Spurs, which were anticipated to be tough matches for United. Injuries have affected the team formation for United recently. Sir Alex Ferguson has reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of Manchester United's showdown with Chelsea at Old Trafford. Nemanja Vidic (calf), Tom Cleverley (foot) and Rafael (shoulder) remain sidelined, whilst Danny Welbeck (hamstring) is not expected to be available until next week. Changes are anticipated though, with Ferguson expected to recall many of the players who were left out of his starting line-up for the midweek Champions League draw with Benfica.


With 2-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in Champions League, the Blues are high in moral. Chelsea stands in the third position in the table with 3 win and a draw, earning 10 points behind Manchester City. This will be a testing times for Andre Villas Boas, Chelsea's new manager. Chelsea will once again be without Didier Drogba. The striker will not be risked at Old Trafford three weeks after his sickening head injury, meaning manager Andre Villas-Boas must decide whether to start Fernando Torres or Nicolas Anelka. Ramires returns after being suspended for Tuesday's Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen, while goalkeeping understudies Hilario and Ross Turnbull are both carrying knocks, although one will be on the bench.

United (Probable, 4-4-2): De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra; Nani, Anderson, Giggs, Young; Rooney, Hernandez.

Match Time:

8:45 pm


September 18


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