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STATS: Chelsea vs United

Manchester United head into Sunday’s fixture at Stamford Bridge off the back of three consecutive victories in the Premier League and an opportunity to back on level points with City.

Penalties from Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov either side of half time on transfer deadline day lead Manchester United on their way to 3 points as Manchester City were being beat at Everton thanks to a strike from former Red Devil Darron Gibson.  Chelsea had some fortune in scrapping a stoppage time equaliser at Swansea City.

Chelsea head into this fixture on the back of two draws in the league, without regular first teamers John Terry, Ashley Cole, Ramires.  Frank Lampard remains a doubt.

In 39 previous Premier League meetings, Chelsea lead the head-to-head record with 13 victories to Manchester United’s 12 (with 14 draws).  In fact, you have to go back to April 2002 when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side last won at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the goals that day, in a pre-Roman Abramovich era match against Chelsea.  Both John Terry and Frank Lampard played 90 minutes for the Blues that day, managed by Claudio Ranieri.

Earlier this season, Manchester United tore Chelsea apart in the opening 45 minutes as they cruised into a 3-0 half time lead.  Chelsea improved in the second half and would have been back in the game but a miss of the season candidate from Fernando Torres.  The 3-1 victory was Andre Villas-Boas’ first defeat as Chelsea manager following his move from FC Porto.

Including last season’s Champions League quarter final meetings, Manchester United have won the last 4 meetings with Chelsea.

Sir Alex Ferguson has the tough choice of choosing between Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov and Danny Welbeck to play up front on Sunday.  The latter 3 strikers have found the back of the net in 2012, whilst Rooney is without a goal since December 21 in the 5-0 thrashing of Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Manchester United are averaging 2.43 goals per game through 23 games, compared to Chelsea’s 1.78.  United have conceded just 7 goals on their travels this season; a league low at this point.  To give you an idea how well the 4 strikers are playing this season, no Liverpool player has scored more goals in the league so far this season.

Antonio Valencia has been a star player for Manchester United during the recent run of form.  The Ecuadorian winger unselfishly setup Danny Welbeck’s winner at the Emirates a fortnight ago and then won the second penalty against Stoke midweek.  The ex-Wigan star won’t be facing Chelsea’s first choice left full back on Sunday as Ashley Cole misses the tie through suspension.

Defensively for Manchester United, Phil Jones looks set to remain absent.  Patrice Evra, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are all available – these three played alongside Jones in the 3-1 victory at Old Trafford.  Rafael and Rio Ferdinand are available for Sir Alex Ferguson to call upon should he wish to.

David de Gea is due back for this tie having missed the midweek game.  The Spaniard was between the sticks when Chelsea visited Old Trafford in September, making 6 saves and being beaten only by Fernando Torres.  The former Atletico Madrid stopper has yet to feature in the Premier League in 2012, but did feature in the FA Cup loss to Liverpool.  Anders Lindegaard has been Sir Alex’s first choice in 5 of Manchester United’s last 7 league games, but an ankle injury for the Dane is expected to rule him out for the whole of February.

Stat of the day: Fernando Torres has picked up more yellow cards than scored goals for Chelsea

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27 Comments

  1. iced earth says:

    we will win this match
    danny will destroy theme
    come on red devils!

  2. Arjunited says:

    lets tear them apart and bang them goals in.

  3. Ash says:

    Pretty much excited for the game. Like always I am nervous because its chelsea at bridge.
    Line up for me
    De gea
    Smalling Evans Rio Evra

    Valencia Carrick Park Nani

    Rooney Danny welbeck

  4. iced earth says:

    will cleverly get into the 18?
    i have a felling that that the match will end with big score line
    danny and rooney will give luiz a nightmare
    Newcastle United1 – 1Aston Villa half time ba- kean

  5. smartalex says:

    iced earth- I may be wrong but I think you and sachu are same.

  6. KVN says:

    Big game. Players need to step up and Evra needs to concentrate for 90 minutes. If we do that we’ll win as Chelsea are missing key players and no matter what we may think of them, Chelsea will miss them

  7. KVN says:

    My line up

    DDG

    Smalling Rio Evans Evra

    Valencia Giggs Carrick Young

    Hernandez Rooney

  8. Costas says:

    Weird situation. 4 wins in a row, we won the last time we played at the Bridge, yet we haven’t won there in the league in 10 years.

    Fingers crossed!

  9. iced earth says:

    smartealex
    you are wrong my freind i am not sachu
    i am true fan of united
    i love this blog and respect you all
    but smartalex i don t understand why you think i am sachu??

  10. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Copied and pasted from a previous thread.

    Also never done the double over chelski in PL era I think the last time we did was 87/88 and the mighty chelski got relegated that season. The time before that Law, Best and Charlton all played. History tells us that the best we can probably hope for today is a draw.

    I’m confident today unless the groundstaff leave our side of the pitch covered with snow so we can’t warm up properly which is a very good possibility.

    Chelski causing racism since the 1960s.

    Mike Phelan as the next United manager :-)

  11. Costas says:

    That’s right Notorious. Make sure the Phelan comment also makes it through. :P

    Chelsea must be one of the few Premiership sides (if not the only side) that have played in the EPL for more than one season and we haven’t done the double against them.

  12. Fred says:

    If we win by ten goals, we return to the summit.

  13. KVN says:

    @ Fred
    I like your thinking!
    Let’s just go for it and batter them.

  14. Fred says:

    Maybe I’m being greedy. I’d take two 5-0 wins in this and our next game, or a 4-0 and a 6-0.

  15. Costas says:

    De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young; Rooney, Welbeck.

  16. Costas says:

    And the bench: Amos, Berbatov, Park, Hernandez, Fabio, Scholes, Pogba

  17. Fred says:

    That’s a very attacking team! Let’s hope Ash Young rediscovers his early-season form.

  18. Fred says:

    Smalling must be injured. :(

  19. smartalex says:

    Is that confirmed costas?

  20. Ruudboy says:

    Scholesy and Parkie shld have start in place of Giggsy and Youngie respectively. Just IMO

  21. Costas says:

    @smartalex

    Yep. And now there’s a thread about it. :)

  22. smartalex says:

    Welcome back Ashley Young!

    Also, great to see Fabio on the bench; as well as Pogba and Amos.

    Come on United!

  23. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    I had a feeling about Young playing today. He’s going to shut the haters up today and if he doesn’t he’s only just come back from injury. Any news on the bench?

  24. smartalex says:

    Costas

    15:16 was not asked by me. Thanks anyway!

  25. Fred says:

    MPD is rife on RoM.

  26. sahil says:

    man united 13-chelsea 13

  27. Alom says:

    any good links guys??

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