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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.
MLS: Primetime MLS Game of the Week Doubleheader Thursday
ESPN2, ESPN360.com, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Deportes Radio will air a special MLS Game of the Week primetime doubleheader Thursday, April 1: 2009 MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake at Houston Dynamo (9 p.m.) and this season’s first SuperClásico – Chivas USA at Los Angeles Galaxy (11 p.m.)
- Adrian Healey (play-by-play) and analyst John Harkes will call the Real Salt Lake at Houston, with JP Dellacamera (play-by-play) and analyst Kyle Martino on the call for Chivas USA at Los Angeles Galaxy.
|Thu., April 1||9 p.m.||Real Salt Lake at Houston DynamoHealey and Harkes||ESPN2/ESPN360.com/ESPN Deportes/ESPN Deportes Radio|
|11 p.m.||Chivas USA at Los Angeles GalaxyDellacamera and Martino||ESPN2/ESPN360.com/ESPN Deportes/ESPN Deportes Radio|
|Sat., April 3||7:30 a.m.||Manchester United vs. Chelsea FCDrury and Ekoku||ESPN2|
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