Manchester United and Chelsea could both drop precious points on Super Sunday, says Paul Merson.
Last Updated: 19/03/10 5:13pm
Manchester United and Chelsea will be hoping to boost their title prospects on Super Sunday... but it won't be easy.
United host Liverpool at Old Trafford and you can catch full coverage of one of the fiercest rivalries in football from 1pm on Sky Sports HD1.
And then from 3.30pm you can see if Chelsea can bounce back from their disappointing Champions League exit by winning at Blackburn Rovers.
Sky Sports expert Paul Merson gives his views ahead of both games.
Man Utd v Liverpool
1pm, Sun, Sky Sports HD1 & Sky Sports 1
If Liverpool can stop Manchester United winning the league, their fans won't mind if they don't win another game all season.
The two sets of fans don't like each other and Liverpool don't want United to overtake their record 18 league titles. A win at Old Trafford would mean a lot.
People say Liverpool have found a bit of form, but all they've done is beat a shocking Portsmouth team and I think they should be beating average teams like Lille.
So what do they do now? Do they stick or twist at Old Trafford? If I was Rafa Benitez I would go there and have a go at Manchester United. They should go and try to win the game.
If you have a go at United, you'll get chances. Fulham may have lost 3-0 last week, but they did have chances - and arguably better ones than Man United had. In the end Wayne Rooney was the difference.
But it's a difficult decision because if you gamble too much it could get Lionel. It could be messy and you can end up shipping four or five.
Knowing Benitez he'll try to keep it tight, but remember the 4-1 win at Old Trafford last year? There's no reason why Liverpool can't do that again. If Liverpool hit the front and go 1-0 ahead they are a top-drawer side; they can play 4-5-1 with confidence and pick teams off.
The problem is they haven't gone ahead many times this year. That's why the first goal will be so important on Sunday.
I would play Alberto Aquilani over Lucas. He won't give you the same level of energy but he will give you more of an attacking threat. They need that because there's no way Liverpool will keep United and Rooney to zero.
And if Villa and Spurs win on Saturday then this might become a must-win game for Liverpool. A draw might not be good enough for them, but it's easy for me to sit here and tell Benitez to go for it. He's the one that will suffer if it backfires and they lose 4-0 or 5-0.
However, United will be nervous after last year and they know Liverpool won't roll over. The United defence isn't watertight and the opportunity is there for Liverpool to win this game.
DRAW - Considering how poorly Liverpool have been playing, this is a very hard game to call. I think they have an unbelievable chance of going to Old Trafford and winning, but they will need a bit of luck and they probably need to score the first goal. This is the sort of game that will embarrass us pundits because it could go either way and it could be any scoreline. Either side could win, but I'm going to sit on the fence for once and go for a 1-1 draw.
Blackburn v Chelsea
3.30pm, Sun, Sky Sports HD1 & Sky Sports 1
Chelsea's defeat to Inter Milan will have a massive impact on the rest of their season and don't let anybody tell you otherwise.
Most of those players have won the Premier League and the FA Cup, so this season was all about the Champions League for them. That defeat will knock them sideways.
And I can't think of a harder place for them to go on Sunday. Blackburn can't buy a win away from home, but they've won the last four games at Ewood Park, scoring eight and conceding one.
If this game was at Stamford Bridge it would be a great game to bounce back in, but this is a hard, hard game for those devastated Chelsea players. I don't think they'll be able to turn the negative into a positive, I really don't.
They may not have made any big signings this season, but they've spent enough money over the last few years to ensure a Champions League quarter-final every year. They should always be in the last eight.
They didn't get the tempo right against Inter. Fulham played a Premier League pace on Thursday night and Juventus couldn't live with it, but Chelsea tried to pass it around too much.
After about 20 minutes Inter's players realised they could score and they grew in confidence. Chelsea have experienced players, but you wouldn't have known it on Tuesday - they left themselves far too open. They looked like a team who had never played Champions League football before.
Put it this way. I can't see Inter Milan winning the Champions League. Barcelona would rip them to shreds and I'd expect Manchester United or Arsenal would beat them over two legs. However, Chelsea wouldn't have scored if they were still playing now.
I don't think Sam Allardyce will fear a wounded animal on Sunday. I think this will knock Chelsea sideways and I see them dropping points here.
After this week's events you've got say a draw would be a decent result for Chelsea.
DRAW - You've got to respect Blackburn's home record. They've won their last four and only Liverpool, Man United and Everton can match that. If Chelsea had beaten Inter Milan I would expect them to win this game, but after everything that's happened I think this will be a difficult game for them. I'll go for a 1-1 draw.