Friday, April 2, 2010

Match Pack: Man Utd vs Chelsea (3 April 2010)

Man Utd v Chelsea
Barclays Premier League
Sat 3 April 8.45pm Malaysia (12:45 BST)
Old Trafford
Form guide:

Chelsea are in rich goalscoring form, having blasted 12 goals in their last two games against Aston Villa and Portsmouth since bowing out of the Champions League. Frank Lampard, in particular, will have his tail up after notching 100 league goals for Chelsea courtesy of the four he bagged against Martin O’Neill’s men. Both sides know three points would give them pole position in the title race, and United will want to bounce back from the midweek defeat in Munich with a performance more like that at the Reebok Stadium last weekend, when Dimitar Berbatov scored twice in a 4-0 win over Bolton.

Ins and outs:

Wayne Rooney is expected to be out of action with ankle ligament damage (out for 2 - 3 weeks) picked up against Bayern, though the club are yet to confirm how many games the top scorer is likely to miss. Other absentees are Wes Brown (toe), Michael Owen (hamstring), Anderson (knee) and John O’Shea (thigh), while long-term absentee Owen Hargreaves is training again with the first team.

Chelsea have injury problems of their own and will be without Ricardo Carvalho (ankle), Branislav Ivanovic (knee), Ashley Cole (ankle), Michael Essien (knee) and Jose Bosingwa (knee), with Hilario (groin) doubtful. Didier Drogba has been declared fit after missing the win over with Villa and sitting out two training sessions this week with a knee injury.

Star men:

Powerful Drogba leads the line for Chelsea and has caused problems for the best defences in the world, although United have enjoyed more success than most teams at keeping him quiet. The Ivory Coast striker has had perhaps his most consistent season yet and is the Blues' top scorer with 30 goals in all competitions. He has forged an effective alliance with Nicolas Anelka up front, while livewire Florent Malouda is also in excellent form with four goals in his last two games.


Carlo Ancelotti knows all about the pressure of managing a big club. Before coming to Stamford Bridge last summer, the Italian had spent eight years at AC Milan, under the gaze of a fanatical support and fiery owner Silvio Berlusconi. At the San Siro he won the Champions League twice, in 2003 and 2007, and also guided his side to the Serie A title in 2004. Under Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge, he's in charge of a team whose expectations are just as high and, despite a disappointing European exit to Inter Milan, Ancelotti's side are still in the hunt for a domestic double.

Mike Dean has taken charge of two United matches this season: the Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Manchester City and the 3-1 league win at Arsenal. In all he has officiated 35 domestic and European games this season, showing 124 yellow cards and seven reds.

Rivals watch:

Third-placed Arsenal entertain Wolves on Saturday, but will be without talismanic captain Cesc Fabregas.



kenwooi said...

sighs, without rooney i dont know MU can win or not.. =/

Fairoz Khan said...

my prediction = Man Utd 2 - 1 Chelsea

home ground advantage.

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