Manchester United vs Chelsea Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 10, 2013; Time: 4:30 PM UTC;
Venue: Old Trafford — Manchester.
Both teams will be trying to rehabilitate from European losses. The Red Devils will be fighting for FA Cup after their doubtful Champions League exit, while the Blues will be looking to get at least one domestic trophy this season.
The FA Cup quarter finals face league leaders Manchester United and Champions League holders Chelsea.
Manchester United stands at the top the Premier League with 71 points from 28 games, having won 23, drawn 2 and lost 3 so far this season. Red Devils have a 12 point lead over second-place Manchester City. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 3 wins and 1 defeat. Last five home games Man Utd have finished with 4 straight wins and 1 defeat. They have been in great form domestically with 7 straight wins, but they lost to Real Madrid 1-2 in the Champions League this midweek. There was a very controversial red card to Nani.
Chelsea goes 4th in the EPL standings with 52 points from 28 games, winning 15, drawing 7 and losing 6 so far this season. Blues are 2 points behind 3rd-placed Tottenham and have a 5 point lead over Arsenal. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 2 losses, and 2 wins from last five games. Last five matches far away from home Blues have finished with 2 wins and 3 defeats. They have lost midweek Europa League away game against Steaua Bucureşti 1-0, so this is the last chance to Chelsea to win a domestic trophy.
Sir Alex Ferguson could make a number of changes from the squad that lost to Real Madrid. Wayne Rooney is expected to come back into the starting line. Chris Smalling could play alongside Jonny Evans in the centre of defence. Antonio Valencia, Anderson and Shinji Kagawa could also appear from the starting minutes. Phil Jones remains sidelined with ankle injury, while Paul Scholes is under doubt with knee problem. Darren Fletcher is out due to illness.
Rafa Benitez rested Juan Mata in the Europa League game. Demba Ba was ineligible, so they are expected in the starting line-up. Chelsea’s only injured player is Oriol Romeu. Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill also could return to the starting 11.
Manchester United line-up: De Gea, Rafael, C. Smalling, J. Evans, P. Evra, T. Cleverley, Anderson, A. Valencia, W. Rooney, S. Kagawa, J. Hernández.
Last three matches:
Man Utd. 1 – Real Madrid CF 2;
Man Utd. 4 – Norwich City 0;
QPR 0 – Man Utd. 2.
Chelsea line-up: P. Čech, Azpilicueta, G. Cahill, J. Terry, A. Cole, F. Lampard, Ramires, Oscar, Mata, E. Hazard, D. Ba.
Last three matches:
Steaua Bucureşti 1 – Chelsea FC 0;
Chelsea FC 1 – West Bromwich Albion 0;
Middlesbrough 0 – Chelsea FC 2.