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Chelsea find home comfort for United rematch

Chelsea FC's recent home record against quarter-final rivals Manchester United FC offers encouragement as they bid to avenge their 2008 UEFA Champions League final loss.

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Chelsea FC will look to avenge their 2008 UEFA Champions League final defeat by Manchester United FC when the two Premier League teams meet in the quarter-finals.

• Between them Chelsea and United have dominated the last six seasons of the Premier League and their rivalry gained a new dimension when United prevailed on penalties to claim their third European crown after a 1-1 draw at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. It was a night when Blues captain John Terry spurned the chance to win the trophy for the first time for Chelsea, sending his spot kick against the post.

• Three years on the teams meet again in the UEFA Champions League and Chelsea have a strong recent record against United going into this first leg at Stamford Bridge, where Sir Alex Ferguson's side have not won for nine years.

Previous meetings
• The head-to-head record between the clubs in all competitions is 67 wins for United, 44 for Chelsea and 47 draws.

• Their 2008 UEFA Champions League final meeting is classed as a draw. After Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard swapped first-half goals, Avram Grant's Chelsea ended with ten men after Didier Drogba's 116th-minute sending-off and United prevailed 6-5 in the shoot-out.

• The lineups on 21 May 2008 were:
Manchester United: Van der Sar, Brown (Anderson 120), Ferdinand, Vidić, Evra, Hargreaves, Scholes (Giggs 87), Carrick, Ronaldo, Tévez, Rooney (Nani 101).
Chelsea: Čech, Essien, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Ballack, Makelele (Belletti 120), Lampard, Joe Cole (Anelka 99), Drogba, Malouda (Kalou 92).

• United's Carlos Tévez, Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves, Nani, Anderson and Ryan Giggs scored their penalties, as did Chelsea's Michael Ballack, Juliano Belletti, Lampard, Ashley Cole and Salomon Kalou. Ronaldo and Chelsea's Terry and Nicolas Anelka failed with their kicks, Edwin van der Sar's save from the latter securing United's triumph.

• The teams have met twice this season already. United won 3-1 in the FA Community Shield at Wembley on 8 August, Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernández and Dimitar Berbatov scoring. Kalou replied for Chelsea.

• Chelsea came from behind to beat United 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on 1 March. Wayne Rooney put the visitors ahead but David Luiz's first Chelsea goal and Lampard's penalty turned the tables before United lost Nemanja Vidić to a 90th-minute red card.

• United have enjoyed plenty of success at Stamford Bridge down the years, recording 31 wins there to Chelsea's 23 with 19 draws.

• Chelsea have improved their home record against United in the past decade, winning six and drawing four of the last ten meetings in west London. United last prevailed in April 2002 when Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ole Gunnar Solskjær struck in a 3-0 victory.

• The clubs first met in London in the old English second division in April 1906 – a 1-1 draw – and it took Chelsea eight attempts to record their first home win in the fixture.

Match background
• Chelsea are seeking a sixth UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance in eight seasons while United are bidding for a fourth in five seasons.

• Chelsea's quarter-final record in the competition is five wins and one defeat. United have won 11 and lost five at this stage, and went down on away goals to FC Bayern München 12 months ago.

• United have an excellent away record in the UEFA Champions League. They have won nine of their last 11 matches – including three out of four this term when they are yet to concede. Chelsea's 2010/11 home record is also three wins and one draw.

• Chelsea have more experience of all-English encounters than United, having featured in six previous two-legged ties:
Manchester City FC, won 2-0 – 1970/71 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-final
Arsenal FC, won 3-2 – 2003/04 UEFA Champions League quarter-final
Liverpool FC, lost 0-1 – 2004/05 UEFA Champions League semi-final
Liverpool FC, lost 4-1 on penalties after 1-1 draw – 2006/07 UEFA Champions League semi-final
Liverpool FC, won 4-3 – 2007/08 UEFA Champions League semi-final
Liverpool FC, won 7-5 – 2008/09 UEFA Champions League quarter-final

• Chelsea's overall record against English teams is P15 W6 D7 L2.

• United won both their previous all-English European two-legged ties. They beat holders Tottenham Hotspur FC in the first round of the 1963/64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, overturning a 2-0 first-leg loss with a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford.

• United also beat Arsenal home (1-0) and away (3-1) in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Team ties
• Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has faced United three times in the UEFA Champions League. His Juventus team lost 4-3 on aggregate to the Old Trafford club in the 1998/99 semi-finals but with AC Milan he recorded a 2-0 overall success in the last 16 in 2004/05, and a 5-3 aggregate semi-final victory in 2006/07. Since going down 3-0 to Ancelotti's Milan in the second leg of that 2007 semi-final, United have lost just one of 21 away games in the competition.

• Fernando Torres has scored in all three all-English UEFA Champions League ties in which he has featured – including two goals for Liverpool against his current employers. He struck against Arsenal and Chelsea in 2007/08 while his goal in Liverpool's 3-1 home first-leg loss to Chelsea in the 2008/09 quarter-finals was the last time he found the net in the competition.

• Paulo Ferreira helped FC Porto eliminate United in the first knockout round in 2003/04.

• Evra played in AS Monaco FC's 5-3 aggregate victory against Chelsea in the 2003/04 semi-finals.

• There are a host of current England internationals on both sides, including Terry, Cole, Lampard for Chelsea and Rio Ferdinand, Carrick and Rooney for United.

• In addition, Chelsea's Ramires and Alex are Brazil team-mates of Rafael and Anderson, while Florent Malouda and Patrice Evra play together for France.

• José Bosingwa and Nani are Portugal team-mates while Branislav Ivanović and Vidić play together in Serbia's defence. Vidić lined up against Yuri Zhirkov in Russia's biggest derby during their days at FC Spartak Mosvka and PFC CSKA Moskva respectively.

• Ivanović was in the Serbia team that earned a 2-1 UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying win against Jonny Evans' Northern Ireland on 25 March.

• Bosingwa and Anderson were team-mates at Porto between 2005 and 2007 while Nicolas Anelka and Michael Owen played together at Liverpool in 2001/02.

• Lampard and United's Ferdinand and Carrick all started their careers at West Ham United FC.