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Chelsea takes on Manchester United

sports Updated: Nov 05, 2009 17:44 IST
Abhishek Nandwani
Abhishek Nandwani
Hindustan Times

This week's fixture list in the English Premier League sees the biggest game till now with Chelsea facing Manchester United. This one being one of the most awaited matches. A game all the soccer fans are waiting for with bated breaths. It's Blues (Chelsea) vs. Red Devils (Man Utd).

Manchester United and Chelsea meet this weekend at Stamford Bridge. The outcome of this game could decide who will win the Premier League in future. Chelsea is on top of the table with two-point advantage over Manchester United. Matches between these two has always been high on adrenalin and it's a game that none wants to lose.

Chelsea is in great form this season with their strikers scoring goals with ease. On the other hand Manchester United is struggling to find the rhythm in their game while managing decent results.

Both the teams come in this match victorious in their respective last Premier League matches, but Manchester United will with a crisis in defense with their first choice central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Vidic struggling with injuries.

The match between these two has always been won or lost in the midfield. But this season Man Utd midfielders have been short of the flair which they have showed in previous couple of seasons. So likes of Darren Fletcher, Anderson, and Michael Carrick should be ready for the midfield battle with likes of Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Ballack.

Game Breaker

Most important player to watch in this match for Manchester United would be Wayne Rooney, who alone at any time can take the game away from the Blues. He has been phenomenal this season and has settled well in his new role as a central striker which he had to sacrifice for Ronaldo in the last few seasons. On the other hand the most important player to watch for Chelsea would be Nicolas Anelka, he has just been as important to Chelsea this season as Ronaldo was to Man Utd in last couple of seasons. Anything that Anelka touches with his foot acquires a magical aura. He has been just extraordinary in front of the goal.

This match could also see Manchester United playing for counter attack, they will try to sit back and hold on to their positions that they are best known for. They will be looking to find mistakes in Chelsea's play rather than relying on their own unique style. United's defense need to be in top form to stop Chelsea's superstars (Drogba, Anelka, Lampard, Ballack) from scoring. This would not be a goal fest but it could be team who scores first goes on to win the match.

While United's form has been good but it's not been at par with Chelsea in recent games and for this reason Chelsea will have advantage over their rivals and will try everything to exploit the gap that exists between both the teams right now.