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souljaboyChelsea has turned the swag on of late (no souljaboytellem), wouldn't you say? Since the defeat to Aston Villa (five matches): 19 goals scored, 2 conceded. The real test, however, comes today when the reigning champions -- three times running -- visit Stamford Bridge. Manchester United travel to the Bridge for a 1 v. 2 tussle that may go a long way in deciding the eventual Premier League champion (probably not).

United is rather swagless at the moment, to be fair. But, of course, it's Manchester United -- they always find a way. Ferguson's men must do so this afternoon without Rio Ferdinand, whose form has bordered on plain poor so far during an injury-riddled campaign. He'll still be missed by a defense that has been far more porous than anyone could've have predicted.

Didier Drogba, whose form has bordered on the unobtainable (nine goals in his last nine appearances), could have a heydey. Chelsea, though in sublime form, must not be overconfident. Again, I repeat, this is Manchester United; they always seem to find a way.

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Thanks to the Guardian

Chelsea
Doubtful: Mikel (ankle), Zhirkov (knee)

Injured: Bosingwa (knee)

Suspended: None

Last six matches: WWLWLW

Discipline: 11 Yellow; 1 Red

Leading scorer: Drogba 9

Manchester United
Doubtful: Berbatov (knee), Fletcher (ankle), Giggs (thigh), Vidic (calf), Welbeck (knee)

Injured: Ferdinand (back), Park (knee), Hargreaves (knee)

Suspended: Neville

Last six matches: WLWDWW

Discipline: 17 Yellow; 2 Red

Leading scorer: Rooney 7