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I believe this will be the title-decider ultimately. Chelsea have done incredibly well to keep in touch with us who are probably the best team in the Premier League this season. If Chelsea can grab all three points they will be level with United at the top and with two games remaining would feel that anything could happen. But that said, if we were to win, we will be six points clear with a much better goal difference (superior to that of Chelsea's) and with only two games to play would have all but wrapped up the title IMO. ;)
 

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If Vidic miss this game...so I think Pique will replace him...

4-5-1 formation

-----------------------------------Van Der Sar----------------------------------
Wes---------------------Rio--------------------------Pique---------------Evra
----------------------------------Hargreaves-----------------------------------
CR7-------------Anderson-------------------Carrick-----------------Giggs--
------------------------------------Rooney--------------------------------------

Subs:Kuzsczak,O'shea,Nani,Scholes,Tevez.....

A draw is enough, but if it is a win that would be very wonderfulll......
 

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hafiz_shukri00391 said:
If Vidic miss this game...so I think Pique will replace him...

4-5-1 formation

-----------------------------------Van Der Sar----------------------------------
Wes---------------------Rio--------------------------Pique---------------Evra
----------------------------------Hargreaves-----------------------------------
CR7-------------Anderson-------------------Carrick-----------------Giggs--
------------------------------------Rooney--------------------------------------

Subs:Kuzsczak,O'shea,Nani,Scholes,Tevez.....

A draw is enough, but if it is a win that would be very wonderfulll......
I agree with this my friend, 1-2 to United with that team.

Nani and Tevez to come on in 2nd half to boost us.
 
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VDS
Brown Ferdinand Vidic Evra
Ronaldo Anderson Carrick Giggs (or nani)
Tevez
Rooney

with ronaldo pushing a little more upwards than other midfielders, playing kinda similar to a 4-3-3 formation when attackiing
 

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It has been confirmed that Frank Lampard has been granted compassionate leave and will miss the game against United.

Nemanja Vidic trained with the first team today and is almost certain to feature against Chelsea.

Fergie has also confirmed he will make a couple of changes to the team that played at the Nou Camp.
 

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Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is keen to erase the 'horrible' memory of watching Chelsea secure Premier League glory at Stamford Bridge.



United were hammered 3-0 in 2006 as Chelsea retained their top-flight silverware and Fletcher admits he and his team-mates - who won the league the following campaign - are still haunted by that day.


Fletcher was on the bench two years ago, but the Scotland international - who has recently returned from a knee ligament injury - is hoping for a sweeter time in West London on Saturday.


A United victory at Stamford Bridge, in a match which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1, would see the Red Devils open a six-point lead at the top of the pile with two games remaining and Fletcher feels that would be just the tonic for curing unwelcome flashbacks.

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11667_3472699,00.html
 

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Thank goodness. It'll be reassuring to know Vidic will most likely play. He will be crucial for us in the next 2 games.
 

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So is Lampard playing or not?

Rd, which news is later? :confused:


Source: Reuters

Chelsea let Lampard decide when to return

Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:48pm
By James Goldman

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Avram Grant will let midfielder Frank Lampard decide whether he wants to play in Saturday's important Premier League match against Manchester United, two days after the death of his mother.

"Frank's situation is that he didn't train today and all our thoughts are with him," the Israeli manager told a news conference on Friday.

"I'm not sure whether he will play (on Saturday), you need to ask him. Football is important but there are obviously more important things.

"We are a very close family at Chelsea and we all have sympathy for Frank and his family. We want to make sure that whenever he comes back we will still be fighting for trophies."

Pat Lampard, 58, died of pneumonia on Thursday, leaving her son devastated ahead of a big week for his side.

Chelsea need to beat league leaders United at Stamford Bridge to draw level on points with the champions and maintain their title hopes.

On Wednesday, they entertain Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final which is delicately poised at 1-1.

Having missed the London club's previous two league matches, Lampard left his mother's bedside to play in Tuesday's first leg at Anfield, but put in a subdued performance.
 

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Prem Preview: Chelsea - Manchester United

What: Barclays Premier League
Who: Chelsea (2nd EPL, 78/105 pts) v Manchester Utd (1st EPL, 81/105 pts)
When: Saturday, 26 April Kick-off: 1245 BST
Where: Stamford Bridge, SW London


All Or Nothing For Chelsea

Neither side covered themselves in glory in midweek Champions League action, but on Saturday Chelsea and Manchester United square up at Stamford Bridge in a potential title decider that could be a classic - or another dour stalemate.

The fixture scheduling seems to have gone a bit awry, as staging this game at lunchtime on Saturday to start the Premier League programme seems calculated to ensure the remaining games this weekend are an anti-climax. The kick-off time has also, inevitably, upset one of the managers - in this case United's Sir Alex Ferguson. No doubt influenced by the demands of TV - Sky are covering the game live - the timing seems tougher on the Red Devils than the Blues, because Chelsea played last Tuesday and will resume their battle with Liverpool next Wednesday, while for United it was the other way round: they played in Barcelona last Wednesday and will host the Catalans next Tuesday.

Still, at this stage of the season, with the big prizes within touching distance, the adrenaline should be coursing through the players' veins so strongly that the scheduling of games should not be too great an issue. This fixture has, though, come at the wrong time for one of Chelsea's key men, Frank Lampard, who is grieving the sad loss of his mother Pat from pneumonia this week and will almost certainly miss the game on compassionate grounds.

In contrast, United's highly-regarded Nemanja Vidic, an illness victim in Barcelona, is expected to be well enough to line up against the Blues, though he will face a late fitness test. United remained in Spain to train in warm weather following their draw with Barcelona, and travelled to London on Friday.

This could, of course, be the decisive game of the 2007-08 Premier League season.

Defending champions United are taking a three-point lead to the Bridge, where victory would take them six points clear of second-placed Chelsea, with two games remaining. Given United's hugely superior goal difference - plus 54 compared with Chelsea's plus 36 - that would effectively give the Red Devils an unassailable lead as they close in on their second successive title, record 10th since the advent of the Premier League and 17th top-flight league championship overall. Mathematically they actually need four points to make sure, but that goal difference advantage of 18 effectively represents another point.

However, a Chelsea win - and they have an outstanding record at home, as well as at home to United - would haul The Blues level on points with United and set up a real nail-biter of a climax to the season. It would then come down each side's last two matches. To nick the title from United., Chelsea would have to get a better pair of results at Newcastle and at home to Bolton, than United manage at home to West Ham and away to Wigan. Another factor in the equation is that, being only four points ahead of Arsenal, Chelsea could still concede the runners-up spot to the Gunners and so miss out on direct qualification to the group stages of next season's Champions League.

So, will Manchester United have one hand on the trophy by Saturday evening, or will Chelsea ensure the race goes down to the proverbial wire?

It was against United, at Old Trafford, that Grant began his managerial reign with Chelsea. The Blues were reeling from the dramatic exit of self-styled Special boss Jose Mourinho following three poor results, and few were surprised when the Red Devils triumphed 2-0, though Grant was unhappy with the red card for John Obi Mikel, the amount of stoppage-time played and United's last-minute penalty, converted by Louis Saha (remember him?).

And since then, Grant's Chelsea have been defeated only once in 28 Premier League outings (1-0 at Arsenal in December) and are currently on an unbeaten run of 18 League games.

As for United, they are in good form, have got stronger as the season has progressed, and boast both the League's most prolific attack and its meanest defence.

Both sides have kept 20 clean sheets in Premier League contests and, since the turn of the year, their records are almost identical - even down to both having secured away draws in midweek in the first legs of their Champions League semi-finals.

There is always a heated debate about the contrasting styles of these two sides, with the media and pundits tending to see things as a Star Wars battle between The Force and the Dark Side, Ferguson leading United's Jedi Warriors and Grant being cast as a Darth Vader-type spoilsport. Indeed, the media reaction to Grant's Chelsea (and that of most neutrals) has helped engender a bunker mentality at the Bridge which could work to Chelsea's advantage.

The Blues also enjoy another significant advantage in so far as this game is being played at a venue where they haven't lost in a League game since Arsenal beat them 2-1 more than four years ago. Chelsea are now unbeaten in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge in 80 matches, of which they've won 59. That is a run that spans three managers and one that could prove to be a key factor - especially as United have not won there for six years.

In fact United are without a win at the Bridge since Roman Abramovich took control of the club and began pumping millions into it. They've drawn once and lost three times in the Abramovich era, and for all their vaunted goal-power have failed to score while conceding five. The last time United took three points from the Bridge was in the 2001-02 season. And Chelsea have taken more Premier League points off United than any other club (40).

Given the circumstances of Grant's first clash with Ferguson, in September, Saturday's game - his 50th in charge - can be seen as his first 'proper' confrontation with the Scot. He will go into it buoyed by their draw at Anfield on Tuesday. Chelsea hadn't played well, and looked to be heading for a 1-0 defeat until John Arne Riise's dramatic intervention, the Norwegian producing a bizarre diving header in an attempt to deal with a low cross, and gifting Grant's side a lifeline with an unexpected own goal.

That has handed The Blues the advantage ahead of next week's second leg at Stamford Bridge, and in fact is the third own goal Chelsea have benefited from in their last six games (Manchester City's Richard Dunne and Fenerbahce's Deivid were the other unwitting donors).

The build-up to the game has seen the usual sabre-rattling comments from each camp designed to boost morale among players and fans in response to variations on the journalists' theme of: "Will you win?"

For example, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has urged his team-mates to produce “another top performance†against United, while Didier Drogba has said his side must "play like champions" if they are to keep their title aspirations alive. Although The Blues have the benefit of that extra day's rest, Cech pointed out that, “We had to play Monday and Thursday last week against Wigan and Everton and this time we have one extra day which is good but I don't think 24 hours is such a big difference.†He added: “If we win the game it will keep the pressure on.â€

The United view was typified by skipper Rio Ferdinand, who stated: "It's obvious we want to win at Chelsea. Success as a team is paramount. If we win, we'll get the plaudits we deserve. If we don't, we'll get the criticism we probably deserve. Winning the League and the Champions League is what I want to round off the season."

It is a fixture heavy with recent history: Chelsea secured their second successive Premier League title in the corresponding game two seasons ago by winning 3-0, while last season the Blues players formed a guard of honour for United, who had just been crowned champions before visiting Stamford Bridge for a 0-0 draw.

To add further incentive to the occasion, both clubs are chasing the Champions League/Premier League double, and this match might even be a preview of the Champions League final in Moscow, though Liverpool and Barcelona would dispute that with gusto. Nevertheless, both Chelsea and United may think they've done the hard part with the home legs to come in midweek.

Head-To-Head

All League Meetings
Chelsea 36 wins, Man United 55, Draws 40
Premier League only: Chelsea 9 wins, Man United 9, Draws 13

At Chelsea only:
League: Chelsea 19 wins, Man United 29, Draws 17
Premier League only: Chelsea 5 wins, Man United 4, Draws 6

Form Guide

Chelsea

22 Apr (Champions League) v Liverpool (A) DREW 1-1 (Riise og)
17 Apr (Premier League) v Everton (A) WON 1-0 (Essien)
14 Apr (Premier League) v Wigan (H) DREW 1-1 (Essien)
08 Apr (Champions League) v Fenerbahce (H) WON 2-0 (Ballack, Lampard)
05 Apr (Premier League) v Man City (A) WON 2-0 (Dunne og, Kalou)
02 Apr (Champions League) v Fenerbahce (H) LOST 1-2 (Deivid og)

Manchester United

23 Apr (Champions League) v Barcelona (A) DREW 0-0
19 Apr (Premier League) v Blackburn (A) DREW 1-1 (Tevez)
13 Apr (Premier League) v Arsenal (H) WON 2-1 (Ronaldo pen, Hargreaves)
09 Apr (Champions League) v Roma (H) WON 1-0 (Tevez)
06 Apr (Premier League) v Middlesbrough (A) DREW 2-2 (Ronaldo, Rooney)
01 Apr (Champions League) v Roma (A) WON 2-0 (Ronaldo, Rooney)
 

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Chelsea

Midfielder Frank Lampard is almost sure to miss the game following the death of his mother on Thursday.

Michael Essien returns to the squad after being suspended for the Champions League match against Liverpool. Essien is likely to take Lampard's place in midfield.

Grant's only other injury concern is deputy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, who is missing with a hamstring strain.

Last Starting XI (v Liverpool): Cech, Ferreira, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Lampard, Makelele, Ballack (Anelka 86), Joe Cole (Kalou 63), Drogba, Malouda. Subs Not Used: Hilario, Shevchenko, Obi, Alex, Belletti.

Squad: Cech, Hilario, Ferreira, Belletti, Alex, Carvalho, Ben-Haim, Terry, A Cole, Bridge, Essien, Makelele, Mikel, Wright-Phillips, J Cole, Malouda, Shevchenko, Drogba, Kalou, Anelka, Sidwell, Pizarro.

Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful defender Nemanja Vidic will be fit to play after missing the Barcelona game because of a stomach complaint.

The earlier prognosis was gloomy: Vidic was rated doubtful, with Ferguson explaining: "Nemanja went 24, 36 hours without eating, I don't think he'll be ready for Saturday - that's the situation. He had very severe stomach pains, so we sent him off to hospital."

He added that Vidic had remained under observation until late in the night on

Tuesday. However, the Serb's condition improved on Wednesday though he was still not fit enough to play against Barca, after which his manager said: "He's back at the hotel taking plenty of fluids and had some soup this afternoon. That's promising, so let's hope we can get him there on Saturday. He will be desperate to play and if we do get him there it will be a bonus to us."

On Wednesday without Vidic, Ferguson paired Wes Brown with Rio Ferdinand in central defence, with Owen Hargreaves deployed as a makeshift right-back. Should Vidic fail a late fitness test he will probably stick with the same back line.

Elsewhere, Ferguson has almost a fully-fit squad to choose from, with only Louis Saha (hamstring) unavailable.

But he has promised to make "a couple of changes" and is expected to recall Ryan Giggs.

Last Starting XI (v Barcelona): Van der Sar, Hargreaves, Ferdinand, Brown, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Scholes, Park, Rooney (Nani 76), Tevez (Giggs 85). Subs Not Used: Kuszczak, Anderson, Pique, O'Shea, Silvestre.

Squad: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Foster, Brown, Neville, Hargreaves, Ferdinand, Vidic, Pique, Silvestre, Evra, O'Shea, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Park, Giggs, Rooney, Tevez.

Players To Watch

Chelsea

Captain John Terry will be making his 350th appearance for Chelsea, alongside central defensive partner Ricardo Carvalho, who will be making his 100th Premier League appearance in a Chelsea shirt. The duo represent something of an immovable object that United's usually irresistible attack will have to breach. Particularly if Frank Lampard is absent, Terry will no doubt be at his inspirational best, getting his head and body in the way of anything that threatens the Chelsea goal while lending his physical presence and aerial threat to The Sky Blues' attacks.

Manchester United

While a draw would by no means dismay United, they want to win the title at the Bridge and to achieve that they must score. In Cristiano Ronaldo they boast the country's top scorer this season with 38 goals, 28 of them coming from 29 starts in he Premier League, including seven from the last seven. He is leading the race for the Barclays Golden Boot and will also be desperate to score after missing his second-minute penalty at Camp Nou on Wednesday. He will no doubt be partnered by Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney, and the trio have scored 73 of Manchester United's 101 goals this season in all competitions, and 52 (71 per cent) of their 73 in the Premier League. Tevez (18) and Rooney (17) are a match for Chelsea's top scorer Lampard (18), but Ronaldo has yet to score in 11 games against Chelsea for United, while Rooney has failed to hit the net in 15 matches against the Blues for both Everton and Manchester United. Could that change on Saturday?

Prediction

It is a typical clash between heavyweights that is likely to be decided by the narrowest of margins. With luck it will be more of a spectacle than either side's European game in midweek, but whether it will match the flair of United's recent Big-4 clash against Arsenal is debatable. This game is likely to be more more cautious though Chelsea have no option but to go looking for the win.
The Blues have netted in each of their last nine, and failed to score in only one of their last 18. They've also won 33, drawn 11 and lost five of 49 league and cup matches under Avram Grant, which is an impressive batch of results.

United, meanwhile, are undefeated in 10 in all competitions, and have lost just one of their last 16, that defeat being 0-1 at home to Portsmouth in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. They are unbeaten in nine (collecting 23 points out of 27) since losing 1-2 at home to Manchester City on 10th February, and haven't yet lost away from home in 2008, winning four and drawing three of their last seven on the road since going down 1-2 to West Ham at the Boleyn Ground on 29th December.

However, United have drawn their last two away league games, and the last three away, in all competitions. Another draw will almost certainly end Chelsea's title hopes, but that could be how this game ends, since Chelsea are extremely to difficult to beat, but may find the United defence tough to breach repeatedly.

Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
 

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I taught Chelsea how to beat Reds: Mourinho

Source: Independent.ie, Saturday April 26 2008

Jose Mourinho is the last man Avram Grant will want to hear from as Chelsea embark on two crucial games to define their season, but the Portuguese coach last night broke his silence on today's pivotal Premier League game against Manchester United. Mourinho reminded his former Chelsea players that they were capable of beating United -- because he taught them how to do it.

Chelsea go into today's game at Stamford Bridge with their hopes of stopping United from retaining the title slim indeed. However, Mourinho said that he ingrained a mentality in his former Chelsea players that they could beat Alex Ferguson's team.

In his three seasons and two months at Chelsea, Mourinho's charges won five out of 10 games they played against United in all competitions and, Mourinho pointed out, Cristiano Ronaldo never managed to score.

Speaking in his native Portugal, Mourinho's words will remind his successor Grant of just what an act he has to follow. Especially when Mourinho reminisced about the game on April 29, 2006, when a 3-0 victory over United at Stamford Bridge meant that his team had won the title for a second successive year.

"The Chelsea players know how to beat Manchester, they know how to beat them, they know why we beat them," Mourinho said. "They know why -- against them -- we did a few things we did not do in other matches. There is something also in the fact that in these matches Ronaldo did not score against Chelsea. This is a player who normally scores in every game.'' (© Independent News Service)
 

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Wenger - Chelsea Have Edge On Saturday, But United Will Still Win The Title

Source: Arsenal.com



Arsène Wenger thinks Chelsea may have the edge over Manchester United when the two sides clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

But the Frenchman believes that, regardless of the outcome of the match this weekend, the championship title will still stay in Greater Manchester.

At the moment, Sir Alex Ferguson's team have a three-point advantage on Avram Grant's side and a superior goal difference. Wenger knows that the Sky Blues must win on Saturday but the Red Devils will eventually come out on top.

“I give a little advantage to Chelsea on this one," he said at Friday's press conference. "Manchester United had a tough game Wednesday night and they had to run a lot after the ball. I don’t know how well they have recovered but I still think, on the outcome of the Championship, the game will not have a big influence.

“After that, even if Manchester United lose, there is only two more games [for them to drop points]. So I think they will be champions.”
 

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Tell me my reds friends, even tho Chelsea have their all long winning streak at home, i look at their team and thinks " they're ont unbeatble, they're not that good, we have the players to take them for sure " If we win this, we won the league, go go reds
 

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Grant Bullish Ahead Of Do-Or-Die Affair

Source: Goal.com



Under-fire Chelsea manager Avram Grant has made a bold prediction by claiming that his side will go on to win the Premiership title if they manage to claim Manchester United's scalp on Saturday.

Anything less than three points will extinguish any remaining title hopes for Chelsea, but their manager is convinced that a win will do more than just keep them thick in the hunt.

“If we win against them, anything can happen,†he insisted. “We have to do that. If we win, we'll be very happy and we'd be happy at the end of the season. But first we need to win [today].â€

It was against United that Grant began his managerial tenure at Chelsea, so naturally he remembers all too well what the outcome of that match was. The Blues succumbed to a bitter defeat at Old Trafford, which the Israeli tactician still blames on refree Mike Dean's decision to send off John Obi Mikel. He also suggested that the club have made significant strides in the 50 games under him since.

“You remember the situation we were in,†he added. “I'm very proud of the players and the staff for what we did. When you're behind and you've lost so many points, each game is vital. All we want to show now is that we can win.

“Because of the situation, we didn't deserve to win there [at Old Trafford]. It was my first game in charge and I'd only had one day's training. We didn'tplay badly. We lost to the referee.â€
 

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Official Confirmed Team Line-Ups

Official Confirmed Team

GK: VDS

RB: Brown
CB: Ferdinand
CB: Vidic
LB: Silvestre

RM: Nani
CM: Fletcher
CM: Carrick
CM: Anderson
LM: Giggs

CF: Rooney

Subs: PIG, O'Shea, Hargreaves, Ronaldo, Tevez

GK: Cech

RB: Ferreira
CB: Carvalho
CB: Terry
LB: Cole

CM: Essien
CM: Ballack
CM: Mikel

RW: J.Cole
CF: Drogba
LW: Kalou

Subs: Hilario, Belletti, Makelele, Shevchenko, Nicolas Anelka
 

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red_devils4life said:
Official Confirmed Team

GK: VDS

RB: Brown
CB: Ferdinand
CB: Vidic
LB: Silvestre

RM: Nani
CM: Fletcher
CM: Carrick
CM: Anderson
LM: Giggs

CF: Rooney

Subs: PIG, O'Shea, Hargreaves, Ronaldo, Tevez

I hope those 3 CM's are on form today, all 3 are going to have to work very hard.

Can't see us having a lot of chances today so i just hope Rooney has his shooting boots on!
 
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