Premier league match: Chelsea FC vs Manchester United Preview,Live streaming online,Prediction and lineups
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee: M. Clattenburg
October 28, 2012 4:00 PM UTC
In the big derby match of the ninth round of the English Premier league at the Stamford Bridge, will meet two great rivals, Chelsea and Fergunson´s Manchester United. Both team are in good form,so surely we can expect a great match.
Specifically, the “Blues” from the very start of this year´s Premier league are in a leading position,but the guest are trailing only four points behind Chelsea,so this match is going to have a big motive for Red Devils,to cut that gap.
Otherwise, the team from Manchester were much more successful in their last matches, especially at home where they have a series of three consecutive wins, while in London last year,after leading 3-0, United managed to remain undefeated, playing 3:3.So it is clear that the bookies favour Chelsea here.
However,Man Utd didnt won at the Stamford Bridge since 2002nd year in the Premier league competition.However,in the Champions league and the Community Shield Man Utd were much more succesful.
Chelsea FC have entered this Premier league season with a much more ambitions than before and their current position and form in the Premier league suggest the same.Namely,Chelsea after 8th rounds,is holding the top spot with seven victories and just one draw,against QPR.
Chelsea´s last game against Tottenham Spurs at the White Hart line was extremely important one,because thanks to it,Chelsea have kept a big four point advantage over the duo from Manchester .However,the Citizens with today´s victory over Swansea got close to just one points,but of course they have a one match more.
On the other hand, in the Champions League after a home draw with Juventus and routine victory away at Denmark’s Nordsjaelland, five days ago The Blues have suffered their first defeat, on a guest appearance at the Ukrainian Shakhtar, so that in this competition they will definitely have to improve the game in the remaining three matches if they want to achieve equity in the next round.
However, we are now much more interested in the English Premier league, where this Sunday´s they will play against on of the direct competitors for the title, and certainly one of the biggest problems coach Di Matteo has is that he still can not count on captain Terry, who is under a suspension of four games because of racism, and so his place and this time will take Gary Cahill.
Also, in midfield instead of easier injured Lampard, Ramires probably will get a chance, while midfielder Marko Marin is still not ready to play.
Chelsea probable lineup 4-2-3-1 : Cech;Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole;
Ramires, Mikel;Hazard, Oscar, Mata;Torres
As for the current mood in the ranks of Manchester United, it is definitely at a high level after they achieved four victories in a row, two in the Premier league and two in the Champions League, where after three rounds, United is holding the first position with maximum number of points.
However, the last victory over Braga came with a lot of luck and persistence, because Braga after the 20th minute had a 2-0 lead,but with an impressive Chicharito who scored two and Evans scored one scorer, Man United managed to win all three points.What is specific for Man Utd,this season ,is that they concede more goals than before,and several times,their opponents took a lead,but United most often in the end win.
The reason for this is with their defence,where otherwise they have a lot of problems with injuries.On the other hand their attack looks good,and this is something which their manager Sir Alex Ferguson can be satisfied.
Their current form and the last victory over Braga after losing 2-0,certainly will boost their morale ahead of tough game with Chelsea.Considering the gap is four points,Ferguson will probably try to attack Chelsea to win and to cut that gap.So it is expected that Chicharito will start this match along with Van Persie,and Wayne Rooney will play behind them.
As we mentioned before,United have a lot of problems with injuries,especially at the defence,Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic (both knee),while Chris Smalling could recover for the bench.Midfielders Young and Valencia are out,while Shinji Kagawa (knee) is doubtful.
Man United probable lineup 4-3-1-2 : De Gea;Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra;Carrick, Scholes, Cleverley;Rooney;Chicharito, Van Persie
Match Prediction : Unlike Merseyside´s derby, in this match, we expect a lot more fire on the ground, simply because both teams this season, are playing one attacking football, and four of their last duels have finished with more than 2,5 goals.So over 2,5 goals where bet365 have a good odd for that.