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Position to Position: Chlesea look strong for Manchester United

October 25, 2012

Chelsea vs Manchester United EPL fixture

Chelsea’s greatest test for the season would lie against Manchester United, when they clash this Sunday at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea has not lost a single game in the EPL so far and pundits have already started betting on Di Matteo’s team as favourites for the title, which is no surprise. One look at the depth and quality of the Chelsea squad justifies their tag as favourites. But, Manchester United with their players could make life difficult for Chelsea. It would not be a big surprise, if Chelsea suffer their first defeat of the season in the hands of Manchester United.

Lets compare these two teams as per their strikers, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers.

Chelsea and Manchester United Strikers

If football matches are won by scoring goals then Manchester United are lucky to have two of the deadliest strikers in world football, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. They might not have played alongside for many matches till date, but these two players are sure to be blooded against Chelsea and make life hell for the Chelsea defenders, who must minimise their error, else, it could be the difference between the two sides. Chelsea has been playing out of form player, Fernando Torres regularly, but he has still not been able to regain that Liverpool form, which had made him the best striker of the world as well. Oscar may partner him during the Manchester United fixture, but Oscar is an attacking midfielder, not an out-and-out striker, so Chelsea look weak in this department.

Conclusion: Manchester United have a lethal striking pair in the form of Rooney and Van Persie.

Chelsea and Manchester United midfielders

There is a problem of plenty in the Chelsea rank as far as midfielders are concerned with no dearth of quality. Their recent signings of Oscar , Mata and Hazard have become a constant threat to opponents, along with Ramires and Mikel who play a solid role to support the back four when the need arises. But it is the offensive midfielders of Chelsea, who hold the key. In most of the games, it is these players who has been on the score sheet for Chelsea. As far as Manchester United is concerned, they look mediocre in front of the Chelsea midfielders, Michael Carrick, Valencia and Cleverly. These midfielders need to come up with their A game if they are to put up an offensive showing during the match. Carrick and Valencia needs to shoulder the responsibility, which still might not be sufficient in the centre of the park.

Mata, Hazard, Torres, Chelsea

Conclusion: All hands down, Chelsea have way better midfielders

Chelsea and Manchester United defenders

Chelsea has just conceded six goals in the EPL so far. The credit must go their defense, which has looked brilliant, barring some glitches here and there. Gary Cahill and David Luiz makes an impressive pairing in the heart of Chelsea’s defense. Though, Luiz may look reckless in his challenges, but he has contributed in big games by scoring goals. What else do you want from your centre back who can stop as well as score goals. Manchester United have two decent defenders in the form of Evans and Ferdinand and the latter is lo longer in his prime these days, as few matches in the league have suggested. In the wing back position as well, Chelsea look better with offensive players in the form of A. Cole and B. Ivanovic, who are known for their run – down the flanks, with strong knack of scoring goals. Rafael and Evra may be good but not better then the Chelsea wing back, as far as their current form is concerned.

Conclusion: Manchester United has good defenders, but Chelsea are slightly better in this department

Chelsea and Manchester United goalie

Peter Cech has been under the bar for Chelsea for a long time and he has been doing well enough for the blues and is expected to do well. He is a very consistent goalie, where one hardly gets to see bloopers (very rare). The blues think tank have a lot of faith in the goalie’s abilities. On the other hand, United has not had the best of goalie under the bar. Even David De Gea has not been able to settle in the English Premier League, whose place has even been taken by Anders Lindegaard. So, they would not be playing with their in-form goalie, as he is still on the sidelines.

Conclusion: Chelsea have an established goalie, Manchester United have an unestablished one. It explains its all.

From the above comparison in different position, one has to agree that Chelsea has a better team and are capable of defeating Manchester United. But take nothing away from United, who knows about the importance of big games, especially Alex Ferguson.

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