Chelsea

The 3 Biggest Factors In Tonight’s Game

Chelsea’s title challenge is over they say. But there is still a genuine opportunity tonight for them to steal the jam out of Sir Alex’s doughnut. Both sides have been through the mill with off pitch nonsense in the past few days.

Ashley Cole is the Milky Bar Kid and Interplod want to talk to Wazza in relation to a hit and run incident.

Torres. I don’t buy into ‘it’ at all. Transfer windows in recent times have produced little to crow about for anyone, truth be told. But Kenny Dalglish offloading a striker that doesn’t work for £50 million was a masterstroke. El Nino’s supposedly Manchester United’s nemesis. Maybe ‘used to be’ would be a more accurate phrase.

The Copenhagen win. There comes a point in every team’s campaign when a specific game is branded as ‘pivotal’ or ‘season defining’. This wasn’t one of those. It was a good win, but against a side that weren’t yet into the swing of things after a long rest and it was Anelka that got the goals. And he appears to have shrunk into being a Champions League specialist. United aren’t Copenhagen.

Home advantage will play a significant part here. It has to. Is it nine years or something stupid like that since the Stamford Bridge fortress was last breached by the Red Devils? Stats like that are of course made to be broken. But they aren’t broken easily.  Combine this with United’s away form and this has a draw written through it like a stick of rock.

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