AVRAM GRANT will tell the Chelsea team that carved out a battling draw at Liverpool on Tuesday they will be expected to line-up against Manchester United on Saturday.

The Blues boss has resisted the temptation to rest the starting XI that put one blue foot in the Champions League final - in the last desperate bid to add the Premiership title to the trophy cabinet, according to Frank Lampard.

The midfielder and his Blues brothers now go into possibly the biggest double-header of their lives, with an effective Premiership play-off against United and that Champions League semi-final second leg - both to be played at Stamford Bridge in the space of four days.

"Certainly, our manager would think about resting players this weekend if we didn't have Man United and weren't in contention for the Premiership," he said. "That's for sure - it's natural. So we have to take that on the chin. I think that is a sign of success. We've got big players here."

However, Liverpool out of contention for the league, have no such problems. As a result, they are likely to field a reserve team this weekend in what is, for them, a dead rubber against Birmingham City.

Lampard said: "That is a difference. And let's make no bones about it. It's one of the reasons that Liverpool have been able to be strong - it certainly helps them. But if you can't get your legs and your mind through for Man United at home and Liverpool at home to win the Premier League and go to Moscow, then you can't do anything."