Chelsea v Manchester United Preview

John Terry insists Manchester United are “not invincible” and could yet bottle it in the Barclays Premier League title race, starting against his Chelsea side on Tuesday. The Blues have all but surrendered their mantle of English champions, having slipped back to fifth place in the table, 12 points behind long-time leaders United. But captain Terry has vowed to fight to the bitter end and reckons beating United at Stamford Bridge next week would help sow the seeds of doubt in the minds of their perennial title rivals. “It’s been done. Man United did it to Newcastle many years ago,” the England defender said. “It’s possible and a little bit of pressure.”

Chelsea might not be as strong as last seasons but Manchester United have not won at Stamford Bridge since April 2002. A victory though, will push the Red Devils seven points clear Arsenal, who are second in the table. Ryan Giggs (hamstring) should be available for United, but the game comes too soon for Rio Ferdinand (calf) and Jonny Evans (ankle). Javier Hernandez may have put himself in the reckoning for another starting berth after his brace at the DW Stadium. “Chris Smalling has done really well for us and he’s improving all the time” said Sir Alex regarding Smalling who will replace injured Rio.

Bet: Chelsea

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