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CHELSEA VS MAN UNITED

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 4:00 AM

CHELSEA (4-1-4-1)

COURTOIS, IVANOVIC, CAHILL, TERRY, AZPILICUATA, MATIC,

WILLIAN, RAMIRES, FABREGAS, HAZARD,

REMY

UNITED (4-3-3)

YOUNG, ROONEY,

FELLAINI, MATA, CARRICK, HERRERA, BLIND, JONES, SMALLING, VALENCIA, DE GEA

After winning 1-0 at struggling neighbours Queens Park Rangers last Sunday with a late goal from Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea face their two closest rivals in their next two games. First up are in-form Manchester United, at Stamford Bridge

followed a week later by another London derby at Arsenal.

Given that Jose Mourinho's men require just four victories from their remaining seven games - they also have a game in hand - to clinch the title, wins over United and Arsenal should as good as guarantee their first Premier League

success for five years.

Fabregas' 88th-minute winner was Chelsea's only on-target effort at Loftus Road, but they return to Stamford Bridge where they remain unbeaten and on course to secure the first unbeaten home record in the Barclays Premier League since Manchester City clinched the title in the 2011-12 season, winning 18 and drawing one of their 19 home games.

Chelsea have won 12 and drawn three of 15 at home while Manchester United arrive with just five wins from their 15 away games so far.

Both teams can boast

good recent runs; Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 league games, winning eight (including the last four). United beat Manchester City 4-2 last Sunday and have now won their last six in the league since losing at Swansea on February 21.

It is United's best sequence of league victories since December; a seventh would represent their best run under manager Louis van Gaal and their longest stretch of Premier League wins since they won seven between January and March 2013 in Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge.

Chelsea, though, are unbeaten in their last four league games against United, including the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October when their defender, Branislav Ivanovic, was sent off.

Chelsea are likely to miss striker Diego Costa again while Manchester United's Jonny Evans is still banned while doubts persist over Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick.