Sunday sees the first real clash of two Barclays Premier League title contenders as free-scoring Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have been in scintillating form so far, with the 8-2 win over Arsenal and the recent 5-0 success at Bolton the obvious highlights. But they haven’t faced a genuine title rival yet and with Chelsea improving slowly but surely, it promises to be an interesting afternoon in the North West.
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United made several changes to their line-up for the midweek Champions League draw at Benfica but the likes of David De Gea, Javier Hernandez, Phil Jones and Nani should all return to the starting line-up this weekend.
Chelsea went with a more tried and tested line-up in their Champions League clash – a 2-0 Stamford Bridge win over Bayer Leverkusen – but Andre Villas Boas will still make the odd change or two, with John Terry and Frank Lampard almost certain to return.
Both were rested for Tuesday’s clash with the German club, with skipper Terry not even making the bench, but you need your main men for a trip to the champions and they will be relying on both for their leadership skills at Old Trafford.
The interesting selection dilemma concerns Fernando Torres, with his goal drought continuing against Leverkusen. But to be fair to the Spaniard, he did make both goals and generally looked lively throughout.
Chelsea have an excellent long term record at Old Trafford but they have actually lost three out of their last four encounters there and will be hoping to go better this weekend.
You can catch the contest live on Sky Sports at 16:00 this Sunday and since you’re asking, my money is going on the draw. Chelsea have looked resilient recently and United can’t keep winning, can they?