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Rupert Wyman 28th Feb 2011 - 16:17

United to shoot down Chelsea title hopes

It's another big week for Man United in their bid for the treble and they will be looking to hammer the final nail in Chelsea's Premier League title hopes when they meet at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

This is the third of four tough away fixtures for United finishing with a game against arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday. It's so far so good with a draw at Marseille in the Champions League followed by a 4-0 victory at Wigan.

Chelsea are 11/10 to inflict only United's second league defeat of the season,  the draw is 11/5, a win for United is 13/5 which seems very generous indeed given the form of both sides.

Wayne Rooney was lucky to escape a red card on Saturday when clearly elbowing Wigan midfielder James McCarthy. Inexplicably Mark Clattenburg has told the FA that he felt the action taken at the time was appropriate (a free kick to Wigan) therefore there will be no futher sanctions against the scouse striker.

He will be hoping to amends for his behaviour on Tuesday by making the headlines for the right reasons. As part of our Match Winner special we have enhanced his price on him to score anytime to 5/2.

The win at Wigan extended United's lead at the top to four points and they're now 1/2 to regain the Premier League title.  Chelsea are in the unusual position of rank outsiders even at this early stage. They're 20/1 to overturn the fifteen point deficit.

Despite the scoreline United didn't have it all their own way at The DW Stadium on Saturday and Edwin van der Sar pulled off some good saves early on in the game. United are 12/5 to keep a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had the advantage of a free weekend and their backers will be hoping that their freshness can make the difference. They won at Copenhagen last week and that should have led to a happier camp but the news regarding Ashley Cole, an air rifle, and the accidental shooting of a work placement student heaps more crisis on the club.

There has been talk that Ancelotti has lost control and stories like this won't help, if you fancy Cole to find his shooting boots you can back him at 33/1 to score first.

Nicolas Anelka has been preferred to Didier Drogba in recent weeks and it's likely he will start against United. In our double Match Winner for this game we've enhanced the price on the Frenchman to score anytime to 5/2.

Games between these sides can often be fiery affairs and it's 2/1 that there is a red card in the match. Don't worry Mark Clattenburg isn't refereeing this one so if there is a elbow in the face it's likely your bet will be a winner.  It's 5/2 that a penalty is awarded during the game.

United seem overpriced at 13/5 to win and that would be my selection. Stamford Bridge isn't the fortress it once was for Chelsea, they lost recently to Liverpool, and United could well prove to be the bet of the season.  For extra value you can back United to be winning at half-time and full-time at 11/2.

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