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Post2go on Sun 19 Jan 2014, 7:27 am

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Chelsea will host reigning Premier League champions Manchester United at Stamford Bridge for
Premier League Matchday 22 on Sunday, January 19th












Premier League Matchday 22 sees League high-flyers Chelsea pitted against struggling Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, in a match-up that has certainly produced its share of exciting, well-fought, and indeed controversial games in recent times.

The sides have met on a whopping 6 occasions in the last 17 or so months since the start of the 2012/13 season, with 3 Chelsea wins, 1 United win, and 2 draws making up the sum. With 20 goals in those 6 games, including a 5-goal thriller in late October, a 9-goal thriller a few days later in the Capital One Cup, and an exciting 4-goal stalemate in the FA Cup quarterfinal last season, Sunday's match will certainly have much to live up to.

















The corresponding fixture between the 2 sides last season in October of 2012 was one of undeniable excitement and controversy. Robin Van Persie struck twice inside 12 minutes to give the visitors an early and commanding 2-0 lead, but Roberto Di Matteo's men were able to claw one back a minute before halftime through a brilliant free-kick from Juan Mata. A Ramires header in the 53rd minute drew the ascendant Blues level, and they were decidedly the better side from then on out. That dominance was abruptly thwarted, however, when Branislav Ivanovic was sent off on 62 minutes after being adjudged to have illegitimately brought down Ashley Young, who had been played clean through on goal. The Blues sunk deeper into catastrophe when, just 5 minutes later, Fernando Torres was shown his second yellow card of the night for a supposed dive and joined his teammate in the home dressing room, leaving the shell-shocked Londoners with just 9 men for the final 20+ minutes.


And, if that hadn't been enough, Javier Hernandez scored a blatantly offside goal 15 minutes from time to send the Red Devil's back to Manchester with all 3 points.














The Red Devils' most recent trip to Stamford Bridge overall, however, was not so triumphant. The Blues beat Alex Ferguson's men 1-0 in the FA Cup quarterfinal replay on the 1st of April via a brilliantly taken volley from Demba Ba a few minutes after halftime to send Rafa Benitez's men to Wembley.






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Both sides strolled to relatively comfortable 2-0 wins in their Matchday 21 fixtures the weekend before. Chelsea beat a resilient Hull City 2-0 at the KC Stadium via a brilliant effort from Eden Hazard just under an hour in to put the Blues in front and a well-taken goal from Fernando Torres late on to seal it, while United avoided the potential embarrassment of losing to the same opponents twice in a week on their own patch with a 2-0 win over Swansea through goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck.









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The two sides go into this match in sharply differing circumstances. Chelsea have won 8 of their last 10 matches in the League, and remain well in the thick of the title hunt. After yet another season without a title challenge from the Blues last term, the return of José Mourinho has breathed new life into the West London side, and they look well on course to duke it out with Arsenal and Manchester City for the league's top spot to the very end this time around.


United, similarly, are in an completely unfamiliar situation themselves. Perennial challengers, if not favourites, for the title for last umpteen years, the Red Devils have had a mare of a season thus far under new manager David Moyes, currently sitting 7th in the table, 11 points off top going into the previous gameweek, and with a title challenge all but over even before the campaign's halfway point. Top 4 would now appear to be the Northerners' aim, and, sitting 5 points adrift of 4th at the start of Matchday 21 the week before, David Moyes' side have it all to do if they are to beat the likes of Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham to a crucial Champions League place come May.













Out for Chelsea are remain only veteran duo Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic, while United are absolutely ravaged by injuries at present. Among those either doubtful or definitely ruled out for the Red Devils are British defensive trio Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, midfielder Marouane Fellaini, wide pair Nani and Ashley Young, Robin Van Persie, and current United top-scorer, highest assist-provider, and rumoured Chelsea transfer target Wayne Rooney, of whom David Moyes said after his side's 2-0 victory over Swansea Saturday, "His groin hasn't quite recovered. He's away with his family and the coach. Hopefully we can get him fit to face Chelsea."











The match kicks off at 1600 GMT



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PostGodfather on Sun 19 Jan 2014, 8:01 am

though Man utd players are in injury crisis but the game may still end up in draw.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Manchester United
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Chelsea 1 - 1 Manchester United
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Post2go on Sun 19 Jan 2014, 5:22 pm

Gooooaal Chelsea 1 - 0 Manchester United

from samuel Eto'o
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PostGodfather on Sun 19 Jan 2014, 5:29 pm

David Luiz with yellow card.
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Post2go on Sun 19 Jan 2014, 5:39 pm

A. Young got a yellow card
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Post2go on Sun 19 Jan 2014, 5:40 pm

A. Young got a yellow card
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Post2go on Sun 19 Jan 2014, 5:52 pm

Another goal from samuel eto at 45 mins
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Post2go on Sun 19 Jan 2014, 6:14 pm

Hat Trick from Eto'oooooooo :goal:
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PostMonsterman on Tue 04 Feb 2014, 7:42 am

That was a wonderful defeat and we hit at Man City last night

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