With the potential to set up two derby matches in a week, as well as aiming for their first FA Cup trophy since way back in 2004, United will need no motivating to go to Stamford Bridge and win this one. Chelsea’s congested fixture list has meant the timing of this match hasn’t been ideal, but a win here is vitally important.
The last time we took on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was the 3-2 league victory back in October, United countered superbly that day and took an early 2-0 lead only for Chelsea to come back and tie the game at 2-2; Enter Chicharito, he stepped up and scored a dramatic winner to give us all three points. Chelsea came back in similar fashion a few weeks ago, only that time neither side couldn’t find a winner.
Rafael has been ruled out due to a groin injury he picked up against Sunderland, the length of the injury isn’t fully known yet but I’d imagine it shouldn’t keep him out for too long. Fergie also said that a couple of other injuries were picked up in that game, so we’ll have to wait and see what team he picks to see who’s in and who’s out.
Chelsea rested several key players for this one, Eden Hazard, David Luiz and Ramires all didn’t play from the start. Juan Mata apparently had a virus but he should be fit to face us. Gary Cahill is the only major doubt for the home side, he picked up a knock in the Europa League.
United have won their last 6 league games in a row, sandwiched in the middle of that we’ve lost out in the Champions League to Real Madrid in controversial circumstances, so we go into this in great shape.
Chelsea come into this one in mixed form, they’ve won half of their last six league games as well as progressing to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Their hectic schedule will certainly begin to take its toll at some point, and I think they’ll go head-to-head with Arsenal for that fourth Champions League spot.
Manchester United 7/4
Our tip: Manchester United to qualify @ 10/11
This one could go either way, both sides will see numerous changes to the teams on Saturday and with a semi-final spot at Wembley at stake, its all to play for.
Come on Reds!