0-0 Draw Lets Devils Back Into The Mix

The match against Birmingham, Chelsea’s “Blues” counterpart from the midlands, was probably the most uneventful Chelsea game of the season. Besides a nifty Joe Cole cross to Hernan Crespo in the final minutes, which rocketed directly into Birmingham keeper Taylor’s arms, there was barely any viable attacking action from either club. The game finished in a boring 0-0 draw that left sweat on the necks of the Chelsea faithful.

Mourinho’s Men pussyfooted around the pitch and seemed feign to accept the draw, avoiding any of the controversy that has haunted the side in recent weeks. Their fate? Manchester United pulled within 7 points of the previous champions elect, heating up a battle that could be decided upon the Red Devils visit to the Bridge later this month. Sir Alex Ferguson’s United strikers have been clicking, scoring goals at an alarming rate and threatening to dethrone the reigning champs Chelsea. Top defender Gabriel Heinze is set to return to the Untied side, and Welshman Ryan Giggs is in top form.

Chelsea, meanwhile, has a very difficult match coming up on the 9th against West Ham. The Hammers travel from Upton Park during a renaissance season, having proven that their promotion was no fluke, unlike bottom feeders Sunderland. Frank Lampard will face his former club, and Joe Cole, suspended by Mourinho for the first leg against West Ham, should be fired up to battle the club he began his career with. The game should be huge. A joy to watch as West Ham is loaded with young talent like Benajoun and Bobby Zamora. Meanwhile, Manchester United must face a streaking Arsenal side that has dropped double digit goals on opponents in recent weeks. Arsenal’s Champions League form has been translating to the Premiership as of late, and they remain a dangerous foe. Hopefully Arsene Wenger’s Gunners can knock off United and take a little bit of pressure off the Blues. As if Arsene Wenger would ever want to do a favor for Jose Mourinho…

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