United can close gap on Chelsea, Liverpool
A win for Manchester United against Chelsea on Sunday will take them to within one point of Chelsea with two games in hand.
And if they win their other games in hand they will move up to second place - just one point behind this season’s pacesetters Liverpool. As we all know however, in the Premier League nothing is for certain.
United find themselves two games behind the rest of the pack due to participation in extra tournaments following last season’s Champions League triumph, and the Premiership fixtures computerized system has had Sir Alex Ferguson fuming over the past few weeks.
Most would agree that the European champions are still to find their form in the league this season - this will surely be a worry for leaders Liverpool as the Red Devils could end up just one point from the top after the games deficit has been made up.
And Sir Alex has made it clear that he thinks his side can punish ‘nervous’ Liverpool’s inexperience and win their third league title on the trot.
Looking ahead to Sunday, a ‘lucky’ Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be OK and attended training as usual following a very nasty-looking car crash. It happened on Thursday morning and saw his Ferrari completely written off after he smashed into the barrier of an underpass.
In London, Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari blamed a lack of confidence in front of goal for Chelsea’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Southend in the FA Cup. But Nikolas Anelka has been in superb form for the Blues this year, having already fired in an impressive 14 league goals so far.
Going into Sunday’s game, United are unbeaten at home this season, and Chelsea are unbeaten on the road - so surely the encounter will end in a draw? Not so sure, but Chelsea’s form against the ‘big four’ has been abysmal this season, with two home losses against both Arsenal and Liverpool and a draw against United.
That said, United’s big game form is hardly better: they have lost away to both Liverpool and Arsenal, and earned a draw at Stamford Bridge.
So that’s only one point for both sides this season against the ‘big four’ - and that point came in the previous meeting between the two sides.
So Sunday’s game is a very tough one to call. Personally I expect United to edge it, probably by one goal. But a draw seems a more plausible result judging by both teams’ current form.