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2004–05 Fa Premier League

Manchester giants sound warning with second-half surge

Five draws on the opening weekend meant the English Premier League season got off to a largely inconclusive start, but wins for the two Manchester giants confirmed they are ready-made title contenders, not works in progress like weakened Arsenal and rebuilt Liverpool.

Saturday, 20 August, 2011, 12:00am

Key to Old Trafford success lay in vastly improved showings against their north-west neighbours

Manchester United did not have to look too far from home to find the key to usurping Chelsea and reclaiming the Premiership crown. What Sir Alex Ferguson's team needed, above all, was to increase their rate of return from matches against their north-west neighbours, and they have delivered in spectacular fashion this season.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

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What a difference half a year makes. Six months ago the English Premiership was being criticised for being boring after a low-scoring start to the season, yet now it has developed into an exciting finale at both ends of the table and, with three English teams in the semi-finals of the Champions League, the Premiership is being hailed as the best league in Europe.

21 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho complained in recent weeks that fixture scheduling had robbed his team of the chance to put Premiership leaders Manchester United under more pressure in the race for the title.

7 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

History says elite group ought to settle title in battle among themselves

The English Premiership winners will 'come from a small group of one', according to Chelsea's boastful chief executive Peter Kenyon. Most pundits seem to agree: Chelsea are in a league of their own.

13 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Home heroics give Palace the edge in relegation battle

Dowie's men have a great record at Selhurst Park and should beat the Saints

The quality may be at the top of the English Premiership, but all the drama has been at the bottom in recent weeks. While Chelsea reduced the title race to a procession, the battle for survival has proved to be a much more absorbing and long-lasting contest.

7 May 2005 - 12:00am

No place for sentiment

When it comes to the FA Cup, punters would do well to stick to form, which means backing United and Arsenal

Arsenal and Manchester United have only the FA Cup left to fight over this season, and they should set up a mouthwatering decider with victory in the semi-finals this weekend.

16 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Diluted Blues and Reds no shoo-in

The big FA Cup clashes could hinge on the team lineups, with Chelsea and Manchester United likely to have one eye on their tough Champions League encounters next week.

19 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Minnows face reality check against big guns

Even mid-ranking Premiership sides can afford to rest players

8 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Blues can get jump on rivals

Chelsea poised to increase lead over Gunners in Premiership table to eight points when they take on Norwich

Jose Mourinho says he prefers to be setting the pace in the title race, and his Chelsea team have the opportunity to put more pressure on the chasers tonight when they play host to Premiership strugglers Norwich.

18 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

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