Nov. 23, 2006 – Manchester United go into Sunday’s crucial meeting at Old Trafford three points clear of their rivals and knowing a win would send shockwaves through the Blues camp.
Imagine the psychological boost of taking a six-point lead into the Festive period – a cushion like that would give the Red Devils a realistic chance of collecting their first Premiership title since 2003.
Easier said than done, of course – the champions have lost just once in four league meetings against United since Jose Mourinho took charge, although that defeat came in the corresponding fixture last season. Darren Fletcher was the unlikely match-winner on that occasion.
United are more likely to find a vital goal from Wayne Rooney or Louis Saha this time. Rooney, who grabbed a brace at Sheffield United last weekend, has scored seven times in 10 league appearances, while Saha had netted eight times in 16 games in all competitions.
At Chelsea Didier Drogba may hog the headlines but £30 million man Andriy Shevchenko has slowly but surely settled in at Stamford Bridge. He’s scored twice in his last three league games and has struck up an impressive understanding with his Ivory Coast strike partner.
Nemanja Vidic, United’s big centre-back, faces his most difficult afternoon of the season.
As for match betting, it’s difficult to look past the draw at 21-10. Such an outcome would suit both sides – United would retain control of the title race while Chelsea would remain in touch. Visit www.easyodds.com for more odds.
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