Venue : Stamford Bridge
Kick-off : 28 October, 16:00 in London, 12:00 in New York, midnight in HK.
The biggest game of the season so far sees the unbeaten Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. A win for Chelsea will see 8 points drifted both teams, both team has a great range of attacking, perhaps one of the best in Europe, Manchester United have last season’s EPL top and second top scorer Rooney and Van Persie respectively, while Chelsea has the great attacking three Hazard- Oscar- Mata, it will be an fast paced attacking game, the 164’th meeting is highly anticipated, it will be a true clash of the titans.
On Tuesday Champions League group stage, Chelsea were beaten by Shaktar Donetsk, and they are looking to bounce back from that defeat. Manchester United rallied from a 2-0 deficit to edge Braga 3-2. Both team also have their playmaker injured, Chelsea’s Lampard, and United’s Kagawa.
Chelsea’s captain John Terry won’t be available, as he is still serving his second of his four-match ban for racially abuse Anton Ferdinand, that’s a big loss. So most probably David Luiz will partnered Gary Cahill at the centre for defence, and Cole and Ivanovic on either side.
Ramires will most likely be replace in the Lampard’s role, with Mikel on the left. His searing pace, tireless running, willing to drop deep when the opponent are in possesion, and most notably he has the ability to dribble and attack on the counter will cause a big problem for the Reds both offence and defence.
As usual, Hazard- Oscar- Mata will still remain as the edge of offense, there is no reason Roberto Di Matteo should rotate him. Between them, Mata and Hazard has already scored five goals and set up another ten more. El Nino will still remain in the striker role.
So here’s the probable line up for Chelsea : 4-2-3-1
Hazard, Oscar, Mata
Cole, Luiz, Cahill, Ivanovic
Next, for Manchester United. Manchester United must play the diamond formation this time. With this formation, Manchester United can probably control the entire midfield, why not with Scholes, Carrick or Giggs? With this formation, United will have enough players in central position, this may also overcome the absence of ball winner. After the depature of Roy Keane, Manchester United didn’t really have an ideal replacement for that role, I suggest Chieck Tiote.
With this formation, United also has to suffer the marauding run from the opposition wingers and wing back, Hazard and Mata is a nightmare for any defenders, DeGea has even conceded 4 goals last week, against Stoke City and Braga.
Manchester United might be able to defend the them by instructing Evra and Rafael to drop deep more. Rio Ferdinand was rested on Tuesday, he will partnered Jonny Evans at the back. Evans is in fine form so far, and even scored 2 goals in 3 matches recently.
They will be many counter attack and overlapping run from Chelsea, so it’s not a good idea to put Paul Scholes, Chelsea’s pace is a real threat, maybe he could come on as a substitute. Anderson will play, United really needs a ball winner. Antonio Valencia must also feature for this match, but this time on the central role, they need someone players to defend from midfield, a pacey midfield is fundamental.
With the absence of Shinji Kagawa, Rooney will fill in the AMF role, behind the striker. Even though, Kagawa is fit, he won’t fit in this physical game. The flying Dutchman Robin Van Persie will play the striker role, he has scored eight goals and provide three assist so far, and now is only October. Manchester United will needs Chicharito magic on Sunday once again, he is a big-match player.
So here’s the probable line up for Manchester United : 4-3-1-2
Chicharito, Van Persie
Valencia, Carrick, Anderson
Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Rafael
Final predicton: Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United
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