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European Best League Table (1st week of May'09)












Match previews - Sat 2nd May in the Barclays Premier League.


Manchester United can stretch their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to six points on Saturday.

With closest rivals Liverpool not playing until Sunday, the champions have the chance to steal a march.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men are currently three points clear and still have a match in hand but know they cannot afford to slip up at relegation-threatened Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough v Manchester United

Manchester United need 10 points from their remaining five fixtures to be certain of claiming a second hat-trick of Premier League titles.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men have not lost to Middlesbrough in their last nine meetings in all competitions.

Boro have won only one of their last seven matches and only two of 22 although they are unbeaten in seven at home. They are currently three points adrift of safety and in danger of losing their 11-year top flight status.

By contrast, United have lost only two of their last 22, failing to score in only one of their last 17. They have won their last four and have lost only one of their last nine league meetings with Boro.

Chelsea v Fulham

Chelsea will be aiming to keep up the pressure from a local derby against Fulham at Stamford Bridge. The sides sit third and fourth in the current form table.

The Cottagers are on course for the highest finish in their 130-year history, eclipsing ninth in 2003-04. If they can retain seventh spot, it should earn a place in the third qualifying round for next season's Europa League.

Fulham have not won at Stamford Bridge in the top flight since 1964 with Chelsea losing only one of their 15 Premier League meetings against their neighbours.

Roy Hodgson's men have won four and drawn one of their last six in the Barclays Premier League while the Blues have won seven of nine under Guus Hiddink.

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