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26/10/2012 15:19, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: Chelsea v United

Date, time and coverage: Sunday 28 October, 16:00 GMT. Live TV on Sky Sports in the UK. Live text and radio commentary on ManUtd.com.

Form guide: Manchester United hope to move to within a point of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea with victory in West London on Sunday. The Reds travel south in good spirits following recent come-from-behind wins over Stoke City and Braga, but might be wary of a poor record at Stamford Bridge - where Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have not won in the league since 2002. The Blues will be hopeful of enhancing their impressive start to the domestic campaign, having earned 22 points from a possible 24 thus far. Roberto Di Matteo’s men also have the sternest defensive record in the top-flight, conceding just six goals.

Ins and outs: Shinji Kagawa is out for three to four weeks with a knee injury sustained during Tuesday’s Champions League win over Braga and is subsequently unavailable. The boss is also without goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, plus defenders Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic. Javier Hernandez might retain his starting place after netting a midweek brace, while Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra should return. Chelsea are without the suspended John Terry and Frank Lampard is rated as doubtful.

Last meeting: United climbed off the canvas at Stamford Bridge, coming from three down to record a morale-boosting 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge last February. A Jonny Evans own goal, swiftly followed by strikes from Juan Mata and David Luiz, gave Chelsea a convincing lead before two Wayne Rooney penalties and Chicharito's late header sealed a dramatic result

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