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United look to give Chelsea the away-day Blues

Published: Friday 16 September 2011, 9.34CET
A Dutch classic and a Warsaw derby are among the weekend's top games as on-song Manchester United FC look to test new-look Chelsea FC's resolve in the English Premier League.

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Published: Friday 16 September 2011, 9.34CET

United look to give Chelsea the away-day Blues

A Dutch classic and a Warsaw derby are among the weekend's top games as on-song Manchester United FC look to test new-look Chelsea FC's resolve in the English Premier League.

Netherlands: PSV Eindhoven v AFC Ajax (Sunday, 12.30)
Ajax will be keen to defend their unbeaten start to the Eredivisie season when they visit a PSV side who can move level on points with the league leaders with a win in Amsterdam. Frank de Boer's charges have scored 18 goals and won four out of five in the league this season but will have to be on their guard against PSV winger Dries Mertens, who has struck seven times in his opening five games. "As a team, we still need to grow together," said PSV forward Georginio Wijnaldum. "I am full of faith that next season we will be playing Champions League football."

Poland: KSP Polonia Warszawa v Legia Warszawa (Sunday, 17.00)
There will be an emotional return to Polonia for former Poland captain Michał Żewłakow, who now plays for city rivals Legia. The left-back, who earned a record international 102 caps, began his career at Polonia before spells abroad with RSC Anderlecht and Olympiacos FC, among others. The 35-year-old now hopes to get his new club back on track after a shock 2-1 home defeat by TS Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala. "We must forget about the Podbeskidzie game and play much better," said Żewłakow. "We conceded some goals too easily and, having watched the match on TV, I must admit that we played poorly. It cannot happen again." Polonia, who sit in fifth place, also lost their last game, suffering a 3-2 defeat at second-placed Jagiellonia Białystok.

England: Manchester United FC v Chelsea FC (Sunday, 17.00)
Manchester United have won four out of four so far this season, scoring 18 goals in the process, but will face their toughest test yet when Chelsea visit Old Trafford on Sunday. The visitors have not been at their fluent best under André Villas-Boas so far this season but remain just two points behind the reigning champions at the summit. The west London club will nonetheless have to raise their game if they are to contain an in-form Wayne Rooney, who has registered hat-tricks in his last two Premier League outings. "You have to be careful," said United midfielder Darren Fletcher. "Chelsea are a top side, with a lot of experience. They have a new manager and they've brought in some younger, fresher, exciting players as well. It is a tough Premier League. Although the two Manchester clubs have started particularly well, the other teams are going to be dangerous as well."

Germany: FC Schalke 04 v FC Bayern München (Sunday, 17.30)
A 1-0 loss to VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on the opening day of the season clearly nettled Bayern; since then they have won all seven of their competitive games without conceding, taking their total to 21 goals on that run with a 2-0 UEFA Champions League victory at Villarreal CF on Wednesday. "The last weeks have shown that we're in good shape," said captain Philipp Lahm. "If we stay focused like this, we have a rosy future ahead of us." Mario Gomez has scored seven times in his last two Bundesliga outings for Jupp Heynckes' side, something that will be a concern for Schalke, whose confidence was shaken by last Sunday's 2-1 reverse against a VfL Wolfsburg team coached by their old boss Felix Magath.

Italy: SSC Napoli v AC Milan (Sunday, 20.45)
Having drawn their opening Serie A fixture against S.S. Lazio, AC Milan will be looking to get a first win under their belt as they go in search of back-to-back titles. They will have to do it without a number of key players, though, with Zlatan Ibrahimović, Massimo Ambrosini, Mathieu Flamini and Gennaro Gattuso all missing and Kevin-Prince Boateng and Philippe Mexès both struggling to prove their fitness. "We have one day more than [Napoli] to get ready for this game," said Rossoneri defender Gianluca Zambrotta. "It's going to be a tough test for us because, even though they've played just a couple of games so far, you can already tell that they're going to do well in Serie A this season." The Partenopei kicked off their campaign with a 3-1 win at AC Cesena last weekend then earned a creditable UEFA Champions League draw with Manchester City FC but will be missing forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, sidelined by a foot injury.

France: Olympique de Marseille v Olympique Lyonnais (Sunday, 21.00)
Marseille will be hoping their 1-0 UEFA Champions League success at Olympiacos FC on Tuesday will provide the spark they need to kick-start a stuttering league campaign. Didier Deschamps's men are without a victory in Ligue 1, having drawn three of their five opening fixtures, and face a tough challenge against the only side unbeaten in the top flight. OM currently lie 17th, but Deschamps is confident success in Greece will stand them in good stead. "Our squad will be able to gain tranquillity and confidence from that win because we know we are able to play well," said the 42-year-old. Les Gones, who sit a point behind league leaders Montpellier Hérault SC, warmed up for the clash with a goalless draw against AFC Ajax in Amsterdam.

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