Chelsea badgeManchester United badgeIt’s the day’s early kick off and the biggest game of the weekend.

Chelsea versus Manchester United at Stamford Bridge where a United win, coupled with their superior goal difference, will effectively see them crowned as champions.

Chelsea boss, Avram Grant, no doubt buoyed by the 1 – 1 Champions League draw away to Liverpool in midweek is hoping that doesn’t happen.

“We don’t want them to take the title here, or to become champions at all,” he said.

His opposite number, Sir Alex Ferguson, is concerned that his players won’t be fully rested after their Champions League exploits away to Barcelona, a full 24 hours after Chelsea played at Anfield.

“What we have to do first is get the players recovered from Barcelona. Hopefully we will be all right.

“We have the disadvantage of a day’s less rest than Chelsea and then there is the travelling of course.

“The game takes care of itself in terms of focus, we just have to make sure we are properly rested and prepared.

In terms of playing personnel, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is expected to miss the game following the death of his mother on Thursday.

Michael Essien returns to the squad having been suspended for the Champions League match against Liverpool.

Manchester United are hopeful defender Nemanja Vidic will be fit to play after missing out against Barcelona because of a stomach complaint.

Sir Alex Ferguson has promised to make “a couple of changes” and is expected to recall Ryan Giggs.

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