The big rivalry game in the English Premier League, the Red Sox vs. Yankees, Duke vs. North Carolina, Steelers vs. Browns, Dodgers vs. Giants, Michigan vs. Ohio State all rolled into one as 1st place Manchester United takes on second place Chelsea. It’s on Saturday and ESPN2 gets the match live. Here are the coverage plans.
Battle for First in Barclays Premier League – Manchester United vs. Chelsea Live on ESPN2
ESPN2 will televise live Manchester United vs. Chelsea FC, the most-anticipated matchup in the 2009-10 Barclays Premier League season to-date, from Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 a.m. ET. With six match days remaining in the season, Manchester United is atop the Premiership standings with 72 points from 32 matches. Chelsea is a close second at 71 points, and Saturday’s match will likely decide the winner of one of the most-coveted trophies in professional league soccer. Highlights:
- The teams have scored the most goals in the league – Chelsea – 82, and Manchester United – 76
- They have also conceded the fewest goals: Manchester United with 25 and Chelsea, 29
- For seven straight seasons (2003-04 to-date), both teams have finished among the top three teams in the league and Manchester United, the reigning champions, have won three straight titles in that period. Chelsea preceded Manchester United’s current championship run with back-to-back titles in 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.ESPN’s TV coverage:
- Derek Rae, ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup play-by-play commentator and host of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, will provide on-site prematch, halftime and post-match reporting from Old Trafford beginning Friday, joined by Efan Ekoku, ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup match analyst, for SportsCenter previews of the matchup
- Peter Drury will call the match with analyst Ekoku
- Adrian Healey, Robbie Mustoe and Alexi Lalas will host the pre-match, halftime and post-match segments with live on-site reporting.
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