March 01, 2011

Chelsea vs Man Utd Preview and Prediction

Match Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Manchester United
01 March 2011, KO 19:45 GMT 

Chelsea Team News

Alex and Yossi Benayoun are still both absent but Yuri Zhirkov is fit again and could play in his first league game since November. Carlo Ancelotti looks likely to stick with a 4-4-2 formation which will see Didier Drogba stay on the bench with Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka in line to start.

Probable Line Ups: Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech (Gk), Luiz, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Malouda, Torres, Anelka

Manchester United Team News

Ryan Giggs looks doubtful with a hamstring problem while defenders Johnny Evans and Rio Ferdinand are still not ready to return. Chris Smalling will therefore keep his place at the back. Scholes and Fletcher will probably be at the heart of midfield while Nani, Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney will provide the attacking threat.

Probable Line Ups: Manchester United (4-4-2): Van der Sar, O'Shea, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov

Prediction: United might not have won at Stamford Bridge in a long while but the last couple of years they have come very close to grabbing all three points only to be denied by poor refereeing decisions. There have been only three draws in the last ten games between the two sides and with the stakes so high, we can expect both sides to go all out for the win.

Predicted Score: Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United