Manchester United Vs Chelsea FC Match Preview: Rooney, Welbeck and van Persie Look To Usurp European Champions As EPL Favorites

This is a great matchup. You have Chelsea with 22 points at the top of the tables and Manchester United with 18 points in second place. So, the pressure is on for Manchester United to keep the Blues within reach.

Chelsea:

Title contenders Chelsea lead the Red Devils by four points, and are off to their best start to the Premier League in their history as a club. Since Roman Abramovich took control, Chelsea has played Manchester United 27 times, winning 11, losing 9, and drawing 7. This season, Chelsea is looking as strong as any. The Blues, however, have struggled in the international arena, but having won the Champions League, the primary focus perhaps, is back on the domestic front. The attacking midfield trio of Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Juan Mata has typically been too much for other clubs to handle.

Chelsea lost their most recent fixture Tuesday to Shakhtar Donetsk as the Blues went down early and were never able to recover. Shakhtar Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho scored the winner and has claimed that his side have solved the mystery to Chelsea's new attack. Roberto Di Matteo will most likely be without senior Frank Lampard, although the midfielder has not yet been ruled out. With a midweek game, Sturridge and Mosés might get a chance as others will have tired legs.

Manchester United:

United again came back from behind to win their last fixture against Braga in the Champions League and are in clear command of Group H. Two goals down at home, United mounted a comeback thanks to a strike from Evans and a brace from Javier Hernandez (Chicharito). The young Mexican has not been getting the playing time he deserves and his goals have given Sir Alex Ferguson yet another problem, although a good one.

At the other end of the pitch, the manager is dealing with defensive issues that have been clear throughout the season. Michael Carrick and Johnny Evans were forced to play out of position and Braga exploited them in the opening minutes. While Chelsea has the edge in midfield, United’s attack of Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck is a force of their own. Last year, United only lost to Manchester City one goal difference and Sir Alex made it a point for this season. The team responded brilliantly, scoring a Premier League high 21 goals on the year and will look to add to that tally against Chelsea.

Prediction:

Since 2003, Manchester United have won 4 Premier League titles, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 FA Cup, 3 League Cups and reached another two Champions League finals. Chelsea in the same time, have 3 Premier League trophies, 1 UEFA Champions League, 4 FA Cups and 2 League Cups. The Blues played in another Champions League final in 2008, which they lost to United. Needless to say, the teams have been at the top of domestic and international football of recent years. One of sports greatest rivalries takes place on Sunday and everything is at stake.

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