LET'S get one thing straight – if Chelsea beat Man United tonight the only side to benefit will be grieving Gunners.

Chelsea – 15 points adrift with a game in hand – can't make up that ground and Sir Alex Ferguson is right to say it's a two-horse title race between United and Arsenal.

And that could soon be a one-team canter to the line if Arsenal repeat the horror defending that handed Birmingham the Carling Cup Final on Sunday.

Bookies reckoned Obafemi Martins' winner saved them upwards of £10million but I warned readers on Saturday the Gunners would struggle without Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott and I hope you listened.

The industry agree with Ferguson the championship trophy is heading to Old Trafford or the Emirates.

United are a biggest 8-15 at Paddy Power with the Gunners 11-5 with boylesports.

Victory tonight would ease Fergie's men seven points clear but a ninth away draw of the season is my call.

It could be 1-1 (6-1, Hills) or even a no scorer (10-1, Hills) if United are as negative as they were at the likes of White Hart Lane and Eastlands.

Chelsea won't lie down as they need the points for a Champions League place but with Fernando Torres still finding his feet they might struggle to break a defence that's mean when Rio Ferdinand's there.

The Blues are a best 6-5 with Stan James and United 14-5 with Chandler. he draw pays 23-10 with Hills and Chandler.

Consider a draw at half-time (11-10, bet365) and under three goals at 4-6 with William Hill and Ladbrokes.

Torres, looking for his first goal as a £50million man, has a great record against United and is 5-1 with Hills and Paddy Power to score first.

The Spaniard is 6-5 with Hills just to score and 7-1 with the same firm not to net in his next five matches against United, Blackpool, Copenhagen, Man City and Stoke.

Having escaped a ban for elbowing James McCarthy at Wigan, Wayne Rooney is 13-2 with bet365.

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