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Chelsea v Manchester United: Expect All Out War at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea v Manchester United
FA Cup
Stamford Bridge, London
Monday April 1, 2013
12:30 GMT

Chelsea and Manchester United square up for this FA Cup replay after United let a two goal lead slip in the first game at Old Trafford. United have the form heading into this match as they beat Sunderland 1-0 away from home on Saturday afternoon while Chelsea lost.

Chelsea Preview

Chelsea made a number of changes for their match against Southampton and it cost them big time, as they lost that match 2-1. Domestically they have only lost two home matches in the Premier League this season but one of those was at the hands of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.

Injuries and Suspensions

Gary Cahill is struggling to be fit for the game as he recovers from the same knock which recently kept him out of England duty. Oriol Romeu is the only other injury worry, out for the rest of the season but Rafa Benitez will make changes with this game so close to the Southampton defeat.

Chelsea are 2.45 with Bwin to win this tie.

Manchester United Preview

United managed to maintain their 15 point gap over Manchester City with an efficient 1-0 away win at Sunderland. They will take great confidence from the fact they won this league fixture and only narrowly missed out during the League Cup game at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won in extra time.

Injuries and Suspensions

Darren Fletcher has no chance of playing as he continues his recovery from a bowel illness. Rafael is unlikely to play after being subbed off against Sunderland with a groin strain and Paul Scholes is still nursing his way back from a knee injury. Phil Jones may return after an ankle knock.

United are amazingly second favourites at 2.80 with Bwin.

Chelsea v Manchester United Statistics

Chelsea have dropped points on six different occasions at home this season in the Premier League but they have also won nine fixtures. United have a better attack at home but Chelsea’s defence has conceded only 12 goals at the Bridge all season long.

United’s away form has been very consistent with 11 wins and dropped points in only four matches. They have the joint best attack away from home with Tottenham Hotspur on 31 goals and only Manchester City and Arsenal have conceded fewer goals.

Head to Head: There have been 76 meetings between the two teams at Stamford Bridge with United ahead on wins by ten with 33 compared to 23. United won this league fixture earlier in the season 3-2 but Chelsea got some revenge with their 5-4 League Cup win.

Recent Form

Chelsea have been very inconsistent throughout March with a combined record of three wins, two defeats and one draw. They did come back superbly to draw with United during the first match of this tie at Old Trafford.

United have secured back-to-back wins since the draw against Chelsea which was preceded by a Champions League defeat to Real Madrid. United haven’t lost an away match since November in any competition.

Chelsea v Manchester United Prediction

This will be a fascinating match between two teams going at it in a typical English cup tie. Both teams don’t have masses of injuries, which means the best elevens should be fielded and United should have enough quality to get over the line. Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United.

Back three goals to be scored during the match at 4.50 with Bwin.



  1. Diego says:


  2. yahaya says:

    United are going out for win, and they should play De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Cleaverly, Nani, Rooney, Carrick, Van persie, Hernerdez

  3. Hans says:

    Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack, Attack!!!!!

  4. red dawn says:

    War is probably right, the Chelsea fans behaviour will be all that sky sports news will be discussing this evening, the abuse they will give the Ferdinand lads will make the San Marino chanting seem like church music. I’d say this was the last game the fa wanted.

  5. AlphaRS says:

    Rooney not even on the bench?!

  6. WeAreUnited says:

    United: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Nani; Hernandez, Welbeck. Bench: Giggs, Lindegaard, van Persie, Kagawa, Powell, Young, Vermijl.

  7. g-man says:

    What happened to Rooney? He eat all the pies? Second big game he’s missed. Overpaid I say let him go. Fegie will find it harder to explain this one away unless he is injured.

  8. mill says:

    Rooneys got a groin strain from the England game

  9. Andromeda says:


    Strong squad, but there is no guarantee at this ground.Hopefully the lads will raise to the occasion.

  10. Costas says:

    Would have gone with Giggs over Valencia personally. Unless Antonio ends up playing at RB with Jones in midfield.

    For Carrick’s sake I hope this doesn’t go into extra time.

  11. Redhot Concepts says:

    Wayne out wit groin injury. Rumours

  12. Joffrey Baratheon says:

    I’ve been saying for months we should sell Rooney is the price is right. I think not starting either game is a big statement by Fergie. I think he’s off.

  13. WeAreUnited says:


    was thinking the same, but maybe Valencia offers that good cover and maybe picks himself up, I remember you putting those great stats of Nani and Valencia together so lets hope it continues!

    that’s the only way I see it.

    I like the line-up, lets hope it reflects in our gameplay and result!

  14. kanchelskis says:


    He’s injured mate. Fergie obviously didn’t want to say earlier so as not to influence Chelsea’s preparations.

  15. Costas says:

    Jones at CM, Antonio at RB. I was right. :D


    Here’s hoping mate.

  16. Costas says:

    Chelsea fans disgracing themselves once again.

  17. kanchelskis says:


    Pathetic from Tyldesley as well.

    Boos for Rio ‘traditional’ for Chelsea fans. And based on ‘only footballing rivalry’.

    Just a fucking bare-faced lie. What ‘footballing rivalry’ is that? He knows exactly what the boos are for. That’s tantamount to apologism, it really is.

  18. kanchelskis says:

    Ha. Danny’s knackered Chashley’s hammy single-handedly. Gwan Danny lad.

  19. kanchelskis says:

    Lol. Young and Valencia’s performances on Saturday made Nani look like the saviour of our wingplay.

    No further comment needed.


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