Manchester United will travel to Stamford Bridge, Nov. 8, mindful of Chelsea’s recent onslaught. The top two teams in Premier League square off in the biggest game of the season thus far, and the No. 1 spot is up for grabs.
Chelsea will go into this game as the top team in the league, while Manchester United is just two points behind.
The current Premier League standings see Chelsea in front with 27 points and United just behind them with 25 points, both from 11 games played.
Both the teams have started the season well and dominated. But the past few weeks have seen Chelsea reach sublime form.
In the last five league and cup games they have scored 19 goals and conceded just two, which is extra ordinary stuff. This will be some useful, but worrying statistics, for the Red’s manager.
Their recent demolition of Bolton, Blackburn, and Atletico Madrid says it all. Chelsea will go into this match with sheer confidence and will look to continue their impressive and attacking streak.
Chelsea's midfield of Deco, Lampard, Michael Essien and Michael Ballack have all reached top-form and have lately played some stunning football. This has been partly responsible for the recent charge and assault. Joe Cole has also successfully recovered from a long-term injury and could find himself in the starting unit.
Carlo Ancelotti will be a very happy manager, but faces a real test as they are up against a good Manchester United team.
Manchester United has had hiccups this season, but are still playing some good football. They have struggled to find top-form this season and look like the weaker team as compared to the dominant United lineup last year. Sir Alex hasn’t replaced Cristiano Ronaldo with another player of his stature.
Recently, they suffered a defeat against their bitter rivals, Liverpool, and that must certainly be nagging in the United camp. Apart from this recent defeat, they have still picked up points and have been in par with their rivals.
Sir Alex certainly has a defensive dilemma as Vidic and Ferdinand have not been up to the mark this season. Vidic continued his nightmare performance against Liverpool and has the unenviable three-in-a-row red card history to his name.
Ferdinand on the other hand, has been witnessing one of his worst days in English football and has been totally uncharacteristic. Evan's will get the nod ahead of Rio Ferdinand who is out with a calf injury.
United has also been missing the hard-working Fletcher for quite a few games, and the midfield must also regain their creativity and spark they possessed last season to trouble Chelsea.
Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs have easily been the best performers for United this season and they must come good when they face a very dangerous Chelsea side.
Watch out, this promises to be an epic encounter. Chelsea being at home, should be the stronger team in attack but United have enough quality to hold them off. The one winning the match might be more hopeful of winning the 2009/10 Barclays Premier League.
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