EPL: Watch Chelsea vs Manchester United Live Online [Live Stream, Preview]
Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview: While there are nine other Premier League games scheduled for this weekend, all eyes are focused on Manchester United vs Chelsea. This is the most eagerly-anticipated fixture of the season: a make or break match; a showdown that could decide the EPL crown.
These teams have already met thrice this term. The West Londoners winning the league encounter at Stamford Bridge back in March, with United prevailing home and away in the last 8 of the UEFA Champions League.
United’s slip-up at Arsenal last week has opened the door for the defending champions. Victory for the Blues would put them in pole position on goal difference while a win for the Red Devils would all but wrap up the title—a stunning 19th league trophy—since their last two games are against Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool. If they manage to succeed, United would then overtake Liverpool as the most successful football club in England. A draw also means it’s pretty much addio until next season for Chelsea.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are now just three points behind United, who will host them Sunday afternoon (May 8, 2011 16:10 BST ) at Old Trafford. The Blues beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at the Bridge last week to stay in the race, and captain John Terry insists there is no reason why his team cannot repeat their success of last season. Ancelotti believes that the Red Devils are still favorites to win the silverware, but points out his men have the edge going into this very crucial match. The Italian’s major decision revolves around whether to play both Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres up front, but the Chelsea boss insists it would not be a gamble to start with the 27-year-old Spanish striker.
Meanwhile United’s Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are all in the squad after sitting out Wednesday’s 4-1 Champions League victory over Schalke. Rooney has also recovered from a tight hamstring. The 25-year-old hitman played a major role in their Champions League quarter-final success over the Blues and Ancelotti knows he must find a way of stopping a player who has rediscovered his best form in recent weeks.
UPDATE: The Red Devils beat Chelsea 2-1. Javier Hernandez got United’s first goal in the opening minute while Nemanja Vidic headed home a Ryan Giggs cross in the 23rd. Frank Lampard scored for the Blues in the 68th.