This weekend’s Super Sunday fixture is one to look forward to as Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United meet at Stamford Bridge.
It is always a fascinating match when these two meet, with the two most successful teams in English football over the last few years always looking to get one over each other.
They both need the points this weekend too. Chelsea are battling it out for a Champions League place of course. They may well occupy 4th position at the moment, but Newcastle, Liverpool and Arsenal are not too far behind.
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Then, United’s motivation for points is clear – they want to win the Premier League title. At the moment they are level on points with Manchester City and this makes each fixture extremely important.
This is especially the case in the big games. City may be hoping that United drop points in a tough game like this weekend’s trip to Chelsea, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will be determined to prove their title credentials.
Looking at the form of these two, it is fair to say that neither of them has been entirely convincing in the last month or so.
Chelsea have dropped points at Norwich and Swansea in recent weeks, while they have also struggled for goals with only three in their last four games across all competitions.
As for United, they have won their last three Premier League games, but January also contained defeats to Liverpool in the FA Cup as well as a hammering at Newcastle in the league.
With regards to the team news for this weekend, Chelsea could be tempted to start Michael Essien, while Ashley Cole is set to miss out through suspension.
For United, Wayne Rooney is expected to be fit after missing the last two games, while fellow injury victims Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley could be involved.
Overall, the pressure is on for both teams to get a positive result and the atmosphere inside Stamford Bridge should be intense for this eagerly anticipated Super Sunday fixture.