Final preparations for the start of the new Premier League season get underway today as double winners Chelsea take on Manchester United in the traditional curtain raiser at Wembley .
Alex Ferguson has promised that Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney will both play at least 45 minutes . However United will have to start without Michael Carrick , Rio Ferdinand , Patrice Evra , Gabriel Obertan and both Da Silva brothers . Also luckless Owen Hargreaves is still recovering in the USA from further knee problems .
Despite these injury concerns United still pose a real threat and could spring a suprise today . With Nani , Giggs , Fletcher and Valencia across the middle theRed Devils have pleny creativity and up front Hernandez will be keen to make an impact . At 2/1 with Victor Chandler and Stan James , United are a standout bet . there was only 1 point between United and Chelsea last season and there will be little between them again today .
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that he will make only one change from the team that lost their final pre-season friendly at Hamburg during the week and Drogba will be on the bench alongside new signing Yossi Benayoun.
Hilario will start in goal for Chelsea in what is likely to be a low scoring tactical encounter .