Date: 2nd May 2006 at 2:35pm
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Chelsea play Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night, in what is being billed as a grudge match, and Rovers are favourites to take that UEFA spot from the Magpies. The key day, however, was on Saturday when Blackburn’s win at Charlton was a killer blow for United as they played out a goalless draw with Birmingham City. Bolton are three points behind United with a game in hand, they also have a better goal difference and two apparently easy home games this week against Middlesbrough and Birmingham City.

Roeder: ‘As long as there is a 1% chance we will keep going.

‘I think it is important that David Mills and myself go to Ewood Park because Chelsea are likely to have a similar team out tonight to the one which will play against us at St James’ Park on Sunday.’