Chelsea are valued as ¾ favourites by Paddy Power to beat Manchester United at Stamford Bridge with both sides knowing that a loss could be devastating to their title challenge
At the start of the season, both Chelsea and Manchester United were considered to be the two sides most likely fighting for this season’s Premier League title and now both sides desperately need a win to stay active in the title fight.
Chelsea are finding themselves right in the thick of the action this season and a win would keep The Blues just two points off leaders Arsenal in third place.
After monitoring the progress of his players over the past week, Jose Mourinho has said that Frank Lampard will return from injury on Sunday having been out since the start of the year with a calf injury.
However, Branislav Ivanovic is still not fit making his comeback unlikely on Sunday meaning that he will join new signing Nemanja Matic after he moved back to Stamford Bridge from Benfica for £21m on Friday afternoon.
With Mourinho back at the helm, Chelsea have once again turned Stamford Bridge into a fortress where they are unbeaten in their last 19 games of which they have won 16 of those clashes.
Knowing the task ahead of them, Manchester United will no doubt understand the need to pick up a victory as a defeat in Sunday’s evening game would see them fall 14 points behind Arsenal in seventh place.
After hoping that both Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie would be fit, David Moyes will no doubt be unhappy that his two main attacking players are once again going to miss another big game in United’s season.
Their absences will mean that the Scot will have to rely on Danny Welbeck to provide the goals although promising performances last week from both Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj will give plenty of attacking potential should they get the opportunity against Chelsea.
Although Welbeck’s record of 6 goals in 6 games is drawing all the plaudits, Moyes could look to use Javier Hernandez at some point in the game with the Mexican having scored six times in nine games against The Blues.
There’s no doubt that both sides will be giving it all on Sunday afternoon as both Manchester United and Chelsea know that a loss could be the deciding factor in whether they can win the league title when May comes around.