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Manchester United v. Chelsea: Preview and Prediction

 

Table leaders Manchester United will take on third-place Chelsea on Sunday in a battle for the top spot in the English Premier League. United are coming off a disappointing 1-1 draw at the hands of SL Benfica, in which they were somewhat lucky to get one point. On the other hand, Chelsea FC are coming off of 2-0 home win against Bayer Leverkusen. Despite not playing that well in the match, the Blues found a way to get the full three points in their first UEFA Champions League fixture of 2011-12.

United’s last battle with Chelsea at Old Trafford surely left a bitter taste for the Blues, who saw their hopes of a back-to-back Premier League titles essentially evaporate in a 2-1 defeat. Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping for more of the same from his Red Devils, but new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is the one standing in his way.

Player to Watch for Chelsea: Juan Mata

Spanish winger Juan Mata has already shown that he has what it takes to tear apart Premier League defences. The former Valencia midfielder has scored in two out of three games for  the Blues, including earlier this week in the Champions League. He is the in-form man at the moment for Villas-Boas. Can he pick apart United’s defence at Old Trafford? Surely, but he’s going to need  help from the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Fernando Torres to pull it off.

Player to Watch for Manchester United: David de Gea

David de Gea is once again United’s player to watch this Sunday. The Spanish U-21 international will be hoping for back-to-back clean-sheets for the first time in his short United career. If the pressure wasn’t  on De Gea before, it surely is now. After Anders Lindegaard’s fine performance at Benfica in the Champions League, De Gea needs to show Sir Alex Ferguson that he is United’s first-team keeper.

Lindegaard confirmed once again that he is after De Gea’s job:

“I have said one thousand times before – I am not here to pick my nose.

“Although I came from a small team in Norway called Aalesunds, I am here because I want to play, not because I want to sit on the bench.”

If that speech doesn’t motivate De Gea nothing will. Look for the 20-year-old Spaniard to be at his best on Sunday.

Key Match-up: Chicharito v. Chelsea Centre-Backs

If Chelsea learned anything from being knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United, again, it was that Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could score in a flash. The Mexican ended Chelsea’s hope of advancing past United after he latched on to a through ball from Park Ji-Sung within 30 seconds at Old Trafford. Surely that won’t happen again, but John Terry and whomever is his partner in crime must keep Chicharito from scoring if they wish to upset United on Sunday.

Prediction: In an evening matched game you can’t go against United, especially at Old Trafford. 2-1 Red Devils.

Thu 15 September, 2011
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14 Comments:

  1. Roy Smith says:

    Go Chelsea! I will be rooting for the blues until the 90th minute, or until it’s 8-2 for United.

  2. ElroyJetson says:

    I find this analysis sorely lacking. No discussion of the lineup used against Benfica being mostly second team. Rooney would be my question mark as he played in both the Sunday and Wednesday games and will definitely be needed against Chelsea. The only other 1st team member against Benfica (minus late subs) was Evra.

  3. mass-kenny says:

    man united we win either we start torres or not united must win them 4-1

  4. LYBON NKWINIKA says:

    No team will come victorious from Old Trafford this season.Chelsea are losers.GO M UTD GO

  5. torsunny says:

    chelsea will surly win there.. watch there performance against benfica. And i think writer didn’t watch the match of chelsea. they played really well. Up blue. Win for chelsea.

  6. torsunny says:

    manu’s match against benfica.

  7. Gideon Opoku says:

    With Juan Mata, David Luiz, and Villas Boas the match has already been won.

  8. sivaneswaran saravanan says:

    chelsea is the winner.1-3 chelsea..luiz mata sturidge are the scorers..manu boooooooo

  9. Roy Smith says:

    3-0 already. Wow. AVB will get sacked at the end of this season, if not earlier.

  10. Anthony says:

    Roy Smith…First two goals were offside; never shoulda counted!!! AVB will not get sacked! This game was down to referee errors! Utd did NOT play well yesterday! Chelsea were the better team in large parts and EASILY could have won the game if it wasnt for poor finishing. Just you wait till Utd come to the bridge…Utd will be leaving shitting their pants!!! :)

  11. Roy Smith says:

    They shouldn’t have counted, I agree, and mind you, I have not given up hope on Chelsea, not even close. But AVB is in a bit of a pickle right now, and Carlo Ancelotti got sacked after arguably the most successful season in the Blues’ history. Abramovich has money, but no faith. That is one of, if not the biggest obstacle that Chelsea must overcome to win the title.

  12. Geoff says:

    is rooney playing

  13. I love manchester city and l hate united with a passion

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