Manchester United v Bolton
Manchester United have the chance to open up a little daylight between themselves and Arsenal in second place as they host Gary Megson’s Bolton side in their game in hand at Old Trafford. Megson must be regretting the decision to sell top scorer Nicolas Anelka to Chelsea in January, as they are finding goals increasingly hard to come by as they battle against relegation, having lost their last four matches in a row, and dropping from 13th into the bottom three. The £15m they received is going to look cheap if they end up being relegated to the Championship as a result.
Ben Foster should continue in goal for Man United after impressing in his debut for the Red Devils at Derby on Saturday – Van der Sar is still inhured (groin), and whilst Kuszczak returns from a ban, Foster has impressed Sir Alex Ferguson enough to keep his place. At the other end, Wanderers have Jaaskelainen missing with a back injury, so Ali Al Habsi will continue to keep goal for the Trotters. Amazingly given their predicament, Bolton have the chance to perform the double over Manchester United, having beaten them 1-0 at the Reebok back in November.
Tottenham v Chelsea
It’s the first time the two clubs have met each other since Spurs beat Avram Grant’s team to win the Carling Cup back in February, and whilst thoughts of revenge will be played up by the media, the blues will know they have an excellent chance to move level on points with Arsenal (And Manchester United if Bolton can pull off a shock at Old Trafford) – a fantastic feat for a team that looked well and truly out of the Premiership title race in January, which is testament to Grant’s management – Since taking over from Jose Mourinho in September, he has lost just two premiership matches – to Arsenal and Manchester United.
Spurs and England keeper Paul Robinson is an injury doubt (ankle), whilst Ledley King remains on the sidelines with a calf injury. Younes Kaboul could return from a knee injury to face the Blues at White Hart Lane. Chelsea have no new injury worries, and Petr Cech has recovered sufficiently from an ankle injury to be included in the Chelsea squad, although he is unlikely to start yet.
VC Bet have the best odds for Spurs to beat Chelsea (14/5), but Chelsea remain strong favourites to win the match, with the best available odds being the 11/10 currently being offered by Boylesports. Totesport are selling the draw at 12/5.