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Manchester United vs. Chelsea: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01:  Danny Welbeck of Manchester United is challenged by Mikel of Chelsea during the FA Cup with Budweiser Sixth Round Replay match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2013

Manchester United continue their Premier League victory lap with a high-profile matchup against Chelsea. The Blues are battling Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for Champions League play next season and could really use a result at Old Trafford.

As it stands, the Red Devils are 20 points clear of Chelsea, an amazing feat when you consider the Blues' very strong start. United's dynamic offensive attack allowed them to pull away from the pack in the middle of the campaign, and they never looked back.

Chelsea should be riding a wave of confidence after three straight wins. The streak includes a pair of Europa League triumphs over Basel to push them into the final. Between that match and the fight for a UCL berth, it's a key finishing stretch for the Blues.

Between United trying to make an emphatic statement as the season winds down and Chelsea's desperation, it should be an exciting match. Here's a look at all the key viewing information, followed by players to watch and a prediction.

 

Where: Old Trafford in Greater Manchester, England

When: Sunday, May 5 at 11 a.m. ET

Watch: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes

Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go

 

Manchester United Player to Watch: Wayne Rooney

An interesting season for Rooney to say the least. The arrival of Robin van Persie pushed him out of his usual lead striker spot and forced him to adapt to a more well-rounded role. It took some time before he found a comfort zone but he made it work, like great players tend to do.

He's scored 12 goals and added 10 assists in 26 league appearances. The goal total is down from last season, but the assist total is up as he's taken on more playmaking responsibility. He's shown a lot more versatility out of necessity.

As questions about his future with the Premier League champions continue to swirl, all Rooney can do is finish strong and let the chips fall. Chelsea have been one of the clubs linked to him, reports Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail, which makes things a little more interesting.

 

Chelsea Player to Watch: David Luiz

Luiz has tallied seven goals in 52 matches across all competitions this season. Three of those have come over his last five appearances, including one in each leg of the Europa League triumph over Basel. It's clear moving to the midfield served him well.

The Brazilian international has long been a solid central defender. Rafa Benitez deserves credit for giving him more looks in a defensive midfield role. When Luiz has moved forward, he's shown the ability to unleash some terrific strikes.

With the tandem of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba struggling to make a consistent impact, strong play from the Chelsea midfield has been vital to their late-season success. The Blues need another strong performance from Luiz against United.

 

Matchup to Watch: Robin van Persie vs. Blues' center backs

Van Persie leads the Premier League with 25 goals, two more than the suspended Luis Suarez and six more than Gareth Bale. One of those tallies came in a 3-2 victory over Chelsea earlier in the campaign to help United start to establish their dominance.

Now the often unstoppable goalscorer goes up against the second-ranked Blues defense with a chance to build on his already impressive total. He figures to see a lot of Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry, who will be tasked with slowing him down.

It figures to become a wide-open match with United playing for pride and Chelsea desperate for at least a point. Expect a lot of back-and-forth action, which equals a lot of touches for Van Persie. There's a good chance he adds to his goal total, but the Blues should still be able to earn a draw.

 

Prediction

Manchester United 2, Chelsea 2

 

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