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Jon Riley 8th May 2010 - 11:44

Will the Blues pip the Reds again?

The title race goes down to the final day with both Chelsea and Manchester United in with a chance of Premier League glory.

The Blues of the Conservatives earned the more votes than the Labour Reds in the General Election. Who will rule the Premiership come Sunday evening?

The Blues are a point ahead of second-placed United going into their home match with Wigan Athletic while the Red Devils entertain Stoke City praying that their Lancashire neighbours can claim at least a point at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are a huge 1/9 to defeat the Latics in West London on Sunday. The men from the Bridge are going for their first ever league and cup double and the bookies cannot see past them collecting the first half of that double, the Premiership trophy, against Wigan.

Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are the favourites to break the final day deadlock and can be backed at odds of 2/1 and 11/4 respectively.

The best priced Wigan player, Hugo Rodallega, is priced at 14/1 to score first. Funnily, that is the same price as Chelsea's.........Yuri Zhirkov! We don't have much faith in Martinez's men to score the opener then!

The omens are not good for a Wigan side looking to secure a first ever league double over Chelsea. They are 20/1 to defeat Ancelotti's men and 15/2 to snatch even a draw.

They have lost three of their four Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, the one exception a 1-1 draw in April 2008.Wigan's only victory away to Chelsea was in an FA Cup third-round replay in 1980.

Their misery in the capital is not only confined to Stamford Bridge, having lost their last seven top-flight matches in London, including a 9-1 hammering at Tottenham and 4-0 thrashing from Arsenal earlier this season.

198 miles away in Manchester Alex Ferguson know that he is relying on a cock-up of biblical proportions by Chelsea if his United side are to win an eighteenth league title. They host Stoke City safe in the knowledge that all they can do is win their match and anything that occurs in West London is out of their hands.

Therefore you could say that the greater pressure is on Chelsea.

The season, since the introduction of the Premier League, has one to the final day on four occasions and all four have included Ferguson's Reds. The only time they have lost the title on the final day was that amazing, nail-biting day May afternoon in 1995 when United could not beat Ludek Milklosko in the West Ham goal for a second time to snatch the Premier League crown away from Blackburn Rovers.

United are 1/9 to defeat Tony Pulis's Stoke City while the visiting Potters are 20/1 to win at Old Trafford.

Man Utd have won nine of the last eleven league meetings with Stoke without the men from the Britannia scoring. Given that fact United are just 4/11 to keep a clean sheet.

Wayne Rooney is 7/4 to open the scoring and if he can notch early enough, the news will surely be transmitted through to the fans and players of Chelsea which could increase the pressure on the Blues.

Rooney's team mates Dimitar Berbatov and Ryan Giggs are 7/2 and 4/1 to score first.

Ricardo Fuller has a history of scoring big goals against the top Premier League teams at the Britannia but is not as prolific away from home. He is priced at 14/1 to damage United's title ambitions further.

Both games are live on Sky Sports and kick-off at 4pm.

We'll be offering in-play markets on both games if you fancy a flutter during either match.



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