Expect more Terry tears
Man United hold the advantage in the all-English Champions League quarter-final after defeating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last week and must merely avoid defeat on Tuesday to book their place in the last four.
Despite never reaching the heady heights of previous United sides the Red Devils are still on course to repeat the treble glory they achieved in 1999.
Following Saturday's win over Fulham they have a seven point lead at the top of the Premier League table, an FA Cup semi-final against rivals Man City on the horizon and are clear favourites to progress past Chelsea in this match. They are currently 8/1 to complete their second treble. If they do manage to repeat the heroics of '99 it will surely be Sir Alex Ferguson's greatest achievement.
Chelsea will be desperate to stop them though. United fans taunted John Terry in the first leg for his missed penalty in the shoot-out when the teams met in the Champions League Final back in 2008 and he is sure to have his team fired up. The travelling fans unfurled a banner which read 'Viva John Terry', a reference to a song the Old Trafford faithful sing about the Chelsea centre-back following that Moscow miss.
That miss led him to tears and there could be more blubbing from Terry as he realises his chances of ever lifting the European crown are quickly receding.
United are 5/4 to win the game in 90 minutes, Chelsea are 12/5, whilst the draw, which would suit United, is 21/10. United are seen as clear favourites to qualify at odds 2/7 whilst Chelsea are 5/2 to turn it around and make the semi-finals.
Whoever reaches the semi-finals will be confident of progressing to Wembley in May. The winners will almost certainly face Schalke in the next round and whilst they are no mugs as they proved when beating Inter Milan 5-2 at the San Siro, either of the English sides would be the bookies favourites to progress.
Both clubs will be desperate to reach Wembley for different reasons. For United it would be a repeat of their first ever European Cup win when they beat Benfica in 4-1 there back in 1968. Alex Ferguson would love to emulate the victory achieved by United's other iconic manager - Sir Matt Busby. It's 4/1 that he can do it.
Chelsea on the other hand are desperate to win their first ever Champions League crown. It's become an obsession for everyone at Stamford Bridge, particularly their owner Roman Abramovich after coming close on numerous occasions. A final in their home city would also be a great night for the club so the stakes could not be higher for this fixture. They are 8/1 to win the trophy.
Chelsea don't come into the game in the best of form, after their home defeat to United they faced Wigan in the league on Saturday and were fortunate to come away with a scrappy 1-0 win thanks to a dubious late goal. Fernando Torres was left on the bench for the game but came only late in the game only to squander a couple of straightforward chances. Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he is worried about the lack of goals and that could cost them in Manchester.
Torres is obviously a class act and is bound to find his form again at some stage. If you fancy him to open the scoring he can be backed at 6/1. Frank Lampard will take the penalties for Chelsea so he is always worthy of an investment. The midfielder is 9/1 to score first.
Chelsea were denied what looked like two clear penalties in the first leg. For our 'Match Winner' we have enhanced the price on Chelsea to be awarded a penalty at any time during 90 minutes to 8/1.
One thing in Chelsea's favour is that United only scored once at Stamford Bridge. They know therefore that any win will either send them through or at the least get them into extra-time. The only possible score where extra-time would be 1-0 to Chelsea. That scoreline is priced at 15/2. Any other win for the Londoners would be enough to send through on away goals.
United warmed up for the game with a straightforward win over Fulham on Saturday. Brazilian full-back Rafael is the only doubt for the game and with the home ground behind them they will be confident of finishing the job.
Wayne Rooney was banned for the Fulham game but will return for this one. He's 9/2 to score first and 25/1 to score a hat-trick.
Rooney got the solitary goal at Stamford Bridge and you can back a repeat of that scoreline in our scorecast of Rooney 1-0 at odds of 25/1.
Whilst on paper this isn't the greatest United team of recent years they always seem to find a way to win the big games, particularly at Old Trafford and I expect Ferguson to outfox Ancelotti tactically and United (5/4) to win the game by the odd goal and progress to the semi-finals.
Chelsea will need to commit to attacking late in the game if they're behind so I would expect goals. Over 2.5 goals (13/10) and United to win 2-1 (17/2) are my selections.
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