Chelsea v Man Utd 16:00 Sun
A season-maker in every sense of the word, Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday as favourites with Paddy Power,with the knowledge that a loss could mean them slipping back to three points behind Manchester City once again.
The Red Devils are one of the in-form teams of the Premier League since the New Year, second only to Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland who have been magnificent over the past two months.
Sir Alex Ferguson has done well to make sure his players got over January’s 3-0 defeat at Newcastle and his side have now recorded three wins in their last three league fixture.
Chelsea have proven to be the dominant force in this fixture over the past decade and the last time United won a match at the Bridge came in 2002.
However, Andre Villas Boas’ side have looked shaky this season, and with just four wins in their last ten outings, Ferguson will be hoping that 2012 is the year where he breaks that trend.
Neither side were particularly busy in the January transfer window as was forecasted, but Chelsea did manage to secure the signatures of Kevin de Bruyne and Gary Cahill amongst other youngsters.
De Bruyne definitely won’t feature tomorrow as the 20 year-old is spending the rest of the season on loan at Genk, however Cahill may line up against several of his England teammates to make his debut for the Blues.
It will be touch and go whether Phil Jones or Wayne Rooney play on Sunday, with both players sustaining ankle injuries in recent weeks.
Another player who is definitely not featuring is Anders Lindegaard who has proven to be the most secure option between the posts in front of summer signing David de Gea and it’s unknown whether Sir Alex Ferguson will entrust the keeping duties to the Spaniard or opt for Ben Amos, who played 90 minutes in the midweek win over Stoke City.
The Scot will be glad to see the backs of John Terry, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba and Ramires, who are all out with injuries until later in February and will hope that their absences allow his side to keep up with Manchester City and win a vital match that will have a huge bearing on the seasons of both sides.