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Chelsea and Manchester United sit level on plus 38 goal differentials in the league table. If the Blues can edge out the leaders next week, they will have the points lead and the differential lead.
After the two teams face off, it is down to a two-game sprint to win and score as many goals as possible against the final teams they see.
Chelsea face Newcastle United, and Everton in their last two of the season. Both of those squads are sure to stay up, and Newcastle is the only one that has a chance to step any further up the table to claim a top ten finish. Everton is pretty secure to hold out in seventh or eighth, depending on Bolton's last three games.
With that said, the Blues face teams who are pretty much set to settle out their season and try to strengthen for next year. Newcastle showed they just don't have the power upfront since Andy Carroll left, and could provide the Blues a chance to score anywhere from three to five goals if they come out attacking.
The Red Devils face a different set of teams in their last two games. Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool sit 16th and 17th just above the drop zone and any lost goals or points could spell the end for either of them if things go badly.
Although Newcastle and Everton are higher quality opponents, they aren't backed into a corner like both the previously mentioned clubs.
Blackburn put together their first victory since January on Sunday as proof they want to stay up, and their possible current talks with Rafael Benitez could give the players motivation to avoid the drop and swipe a point from the Red Devils.
Blackpool also nearly upset Sir Alex when he took his squad to the Seaside and Ian Holloway would love to get the three points back that they missed. Their resilience in their last two draws prove they aren't done yet.