Sunday 11 January 2009,
Manchester United won their last league match 1-0 at home to Middlesbrough, building a run of seven games without defeat. This run has included five wins and 17 points gained from the 21 available, since their last loss (2-1 away against Arsenal).
The defending champions have scored 9 goals and conceded none in this period, making 7 consecutive clean sheets, as they currently sit third in the league.
The dramatic story this week of Cristiano Ronaldo’s car accident appears to have not affected the player, as he reported for training as normal with no ill effects.
Recent news over the future of Carlos Tevez reports that he wants his contract situation resolved and is unhappy with not being approached; however, his recent increased starts seem to show no signs of it affecting his performances.
Man Utd signed Serbian duo Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic this week; however 17-year-old Ljajic will spend another season on loan at Partizan Belgrade whilst Tosic, although expected to join the first team, is not considered sharp enough yet to be in contention.
Manchester United will be without Owen Hargreaves (knee), Wes Brown (ankle) and Ben Foster (wrist), whilst Rio Ferdinand is a doubt with a back injury and Patrice Evra will return following his four match ban.
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Chelsea drew their last league outing 2-2 away against Fulham, making a run of five games undefeated. This run has included three draws; yielding 9 points from a possible 15 since their last loss (2-1 at home against Arsenal).
They have scored 7 goals and conceded 3 in the process of this run, whilst maintaining second position in the league table.
Chelsea sold left back Wayne Bridge this week to Manchester City and until a replacement is identified for the backup player, they will have fewer options in that position.
Chelsea will welcome back John Terry and Micheal Ballack following their suspensions, but will have to do without Micheal Essien (knee), while Alex (hamstring) and Florent Malouda (hamstring) are both doubts.
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Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-0 in this corresponding fixture last season, whilst the two have already met once this season in the league, battling out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
This top three clash sees the league’s best away team in Chelsea, who have won eight and drawn two of their ten away games, against the league’s best home team in Manchester United, who have won seven and drawn one of their eight games at Old Trafford, come head to head.
Chelsea’s away form, however, has slipped slightly after eight consecutive victories have been followed more recently by two draws whereas Manchester United are on a seven game winning streak at home.
The stakes are high in this match and the overall form guide indicates that although the reigning champions will have to watch Nicolas Anelka and Frank Lampard particularly closely, as they are Chelsea’s best players of late, the Red Devils will be slight favorites in this encounter.
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Total Goals: Over/Under 2.5
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