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Winning feeling inspiring Cole to Old Trafford victory

| 06.05.2011

Ashley Cole believes that Chelsea will be spurred on to success in their do-or-die Premier League trip to Manchester United because of the buzz the squad gets from winning trophies.

Chelsea will go top of the Premier League on goal difference with victory at Old Trafford, but a defeat would all but mathematically end their title challenge for the season as they would be six points behind Manchester United with two just games remaining.

It is 2/1 in the Premier League odds that Chelsea collect the vital three points they need and Cole thinks that they can get the job done, despite the size of the challenge that they face.

Chelsea will certainly put enough pressure on themselves knowing the importance of a victory, while Manchester United are unbeaten at home in all competitions this season and have won 15 games in succession at Old Trafford.

Cole told Chelsea magazine: “When you win things, that’s what makes you realise how good it is.

“I think the pressure is what drives people on. It makes you want to prove something, to carry on going and keep on winning things. I just want to win anything because I love the feeling.”

However, Chelsea’s recent record in away games against Manchester United does not inspire much confidence as they have won on one of their last seven visits to Old Trafford in all competitions.

Cole’s personal record is not much better as he has only beaten Manchester United once at Old Trafford, but the fixture was remarkably similar to this season’s late title decider.

His only triumph was Arsenal’s 1-0 win in 2002 that ensured they won the title at Old Trafford and another victory this year would put Chelsea in pole position to repeat the feat.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.