Chelsea - Manchester United – On the first day of April on the schedule is a very attractive match in the quarterfinals of English FA Cup, and it is a rematch of two big rivals Chelsea and Manchester United, who 20 days ago at Old Trafford played the first match 2-2. Here we must add that this season they played against each other in the League Cup, and then Chelsea after extra time has won at home with 5-4, while in the Premiership Chelsea was defeated by the United at Stamford Bridge with 3-2. Begins: 01.04.2013 – 13:30 CET
But now the stakes are much higher and it is expected that the coach Benitez sends on the field the strongest team, as this is in fact a rare chance this season to win a trophy. The popular Blues have been knocked out of the Champions League sometimes ago, where they nominally defends the title, so in the end they can get satisfaction only in the European league, where they reached the quarter-finals, and on Thursday will play the first match with the Russian Rubin. As for the national championship, the battle for first place has been long lost, and their main goal for the end of the season is to finish in the second or third place, which also directly lead in the Champions League. It should be mentioned that the Blues in the first FA Cup quarter-duel showed two completely different faces at Old Trafford, as by the halftime were 2 goals behind, but in the second half they completely shattered its opponent and only thanks to great interventions of the goalkeeper de Gea this match finished with 2-2. Of course, that home fans now expect from the players to keep the same rhythm and at Stamford Bridge, and hand in hand with that goes the fact that out of the team in only from before injured midfielder Romeu.
Probable lineups Chelsea: Cech – Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole – Ramires, Lampard – Oscar, Mata, Hazard – Demba Ba
Unlike Chelsea, Manchester United after the last great series practically has already secured the title of the new English champion, as their advantage over second-placed Citizens is even 15 points. However, in the Champions League they have been eliminated by Real Madrid in the eight-finals so by the end of the season the FA Cup remains their greatest challenge. That’s why the experienced coach Ferguson rested for weekend many first team players in the match with Sunderland, who will now certainly be in starting lineup, and will have the opportunity to revenge to Chelsea for a dreadful play in the second half of their recent duel at Old Trafford. It in fact means that on Monday the Red devils should be led by the first team scorer van Persie, while Rooney and Welbeck should further fortify their strength in attack. As far as the defence is concerned return of the experienced duo Ferdinand-Vidic is expected, while in the midfield the biggest job should be done by English national team players Carrick and Cleverley. Let us add that this match will spend on the bench injured midfielders Nani, Fletcher and Scholes and defender Jones.
Probable lineups Manchester United: de Gea – Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra –Carrick, Cleverley – Valencia, Rooney, Welbeck – van Persie
Chelsea – Manchester United Pick
Given that both coaches last weekend rested their best players in the Premier matches, it is quite clear that for this FA Cup game both have the highest possible ambitions, so on Monday at Stamford Bridge we should see one fully open and effective match.
Tip: over 2.5 goals