CHELSEA

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MANCHESTER CITY


Stamford Bridge, London
December 12, 2011; 8:00 GMT [+5:30 IST]
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Chelsea take on league leaders Manchester City at the Stamford Bridge on this Monday, 12th December. In the last five Premier League meetings between the two sides, the home team has the edge as they won thrice and lost twice against their formidable opponents.

After a disastrous slump, Chelsea have managed to deliver two back to back victories with a margin of three goals and more importantly without conceding any goal. A victory over the mighty Magpies helped the team hold their place in the top four. By beating Valencia in the Championsai??i?? League group stageai??i??s last game, Chelsea managed to qualify for the knock out stage. Chelsea are presently 10 points adrift from the runaway leaders, their opponents of this game.Ai??Ai?? Good news for Chelsea is that in the last 14 premiership visits to Chelsea, Manchester City have only won twice. The bad news is that Chelsea have not won a single big match this season, losing against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Losses against Arsenal and Liverpool would hurt even more as Chelsea conceded defeat on home turf. A victory over the pace-setters will definitely boost Chelseaai??i??s chances of recapturing the title hope but only slightly.

Their illustrious opponents, the Citizens, may not have a rich past against their opponents but their recent record against the Capital club has been pretty solid, having won two out of their last three encounters. Good news is that City are fresh from three consecutive victories. They have scored 24 goals from 7 away games this season. Bad news is that despite winning their final group stage game against BayernAi?? Munich, Manchester City have failed to qualify for the next round of the Championsai??i?? League. With 5 points ahead of nearest rivals, Manchester United, Manciniai??i??s men would like to dent Chesleaai??i??s title hope even further.

Team News and Tactical Brief

Chelsea FC

Chelsea will miss the services of Luiz, who picked up fifth domestic yellow card, and is suspended for this game. Ai??Josh Mceachran will remain unavailable for this game and Essien has already been ruled out till the beginning of next year. Bosingwa, who has recovered from his injury in quick time, may take up the rightback role, with Ivanovic partnering Terry in the centre of defense. Lampard, who was opted out of the game against Valencia in the midweek, may find a place in the side, at the expense of Romeu as the veteran star has scored 5 times in his last 9 appearances against the Manchester side.

There wonai??i??t be much rejig in Chelseaai??i??s tactical formation. Villas-Boas is expected to deploy the same 4-3-3 formation. Attack will be concentrated mainly down the flanks with both Sturridge and Mata being supported by the fullbacks to get any positive purchase. The narrow midfield trio of Lampard, Ramires and Meireles is expected to hold the midfield together as well as to offer creative opportunities to the offensive players. Bosingwa and Cole are expected to provide assistance to the wide attackers up front. Drogba, thanks to his midweek heroics against Valencia, is expected to lead the attack.

Probable Starting XI:Ai??Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Meireles, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Sturridge, Drogba.
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Manchester City

The Citizens are in a spot of bother as Micah Richards looks all set to miss the clash due to a calf injury. Zabaleta has resumed fitness and looks like he is all set to replace Savic, who eventually replaced Richards, in their midweek game against Bayern. Clichy to take up the leftback role as Kolarov has been ruled out of this game.

Mancini is likely to deploy a dynamic 4-3-3 formation which is inclined to play more like a 4-5-1, more often than not. Yaya Toure and Barry will give solidity in the midfield whereas Zabaleta and Clichy will have support from Aguero and Silva to pressurize the Chelsea wide players, in attack as well as in defense. Ai??A lot would depend on the movements of the dynamic duo of Nasri and Silva.

Probable Starting XI:Ai??Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Nasri, Silva, AgA?ero, Dzeko.

Key Facts

  1. Ai??Manchester City have scored 48 goals in 14 Premier League matches, nearly 3.4 goals per game.
  2. Chelsea will win 6 out of their last seven home games against City if they manage to win this one.

TheHardTackleai??i??s Player To Watch Out For

David Silva(Manchester City)

Chelsea backline has to be weary of the Manchester City talisman

Silva is probably in the form of his life. A scintillating display of creativity, vision and decision making against Bayern Munich in the midweek Champions League game makes him the player to watch out for in this encounter. With Chelsea opting to play a high backline, Silvaai??i??s defense splitting and incisive passes could prove to be pivotal to Manchester Cityai??i??s chances of capsizing the Blues at the Bridge.

TheHardTackleai??i??s Prediction

Chelsea FC 2-2 ManchesterAi?? City

Chelsea, who are fresh from back to back victories, will definitely start as the favorites to win this game. But their performance against big teams has been found wanting. Manchester City, on the other hand, have done relatively well against big teams this season. Their recent record against the Blues has been good. Although each of the last five games between the two sides have fetched a result, this game is more likely to end in a stalemate with both teams creating a lot of opportunities.

TheHardTackleai??i??s Blast From The Past

 

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3 Responses to “Chelsea vs Manchester City : Chelsea On Par With The Leaders In The Battle Of The Blues”

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  1. Ive just bought a car, furr deal says:

    Chelsea favourites to beat Manchester City? If that was true, I’d be straight down the bookies to put a tenner on City.

    AVB is not special one, he is of the bottle. Watch him try to get Chelsea attacking City, and holding a high defensive line, like Spurs and Man Utd tried to do. You can’t get away with that against City’s nimble, telepathic forwards if your central defenders are lumpen clodhoppers

    He’ll blame the ref for sending off John Terry, and blame the sending off for Chelsea’s biggest loss of the season.

    I’m sure that Chelsea fans must have a very bad feeling about this match. Abramovich wants Chelsea to play like Barcelona or man City, but like an addict trying to relive that first hit of heroin, he’s injecting bigger and bigger doses of new managers.

  2. Raju Rangeela says:

    Playing against City without a proper CDM will be suicidal. Romeu has to start.

  3. jamie says:

    chelsea ans city both play 4-3-3/4-2-3-1. it will be a direct tactical battle! check out http://www.theirtactics.com it has fantastic tactical analysis!