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Chelsea FC vs. Manchester City FC

Stamford Bridge

Sunday 15th March 2009

1.30pm

Chelsea v MCFC

Billed as the 'Battle of the Billionaires', this is a game that Chelsea must win if they are to capitalise from United's thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.

Facing Chelsea is never an easy feat and with City's abysmal record away from home, this is a game which looks over before it is started. That said, City have nothing to lose going into this fixture and with a few ex-Chelsea players and confidence from an emphatic UEFA Cup win, City may well have something to prove on the pitch. This match is anything but decided.

Vital Quotes:

City boss Mark Hughes commented: 'Chelsea are in top form but we are ready for the challenge and travel with our confidence as high as it has been all season.

'I always feel that the top teams give you a little bit more time and space on occasions and we clearly have the tools to hurt teams and hopefully we will get the chance.

'We believe we can cause Chelsea problems especially on the counter attack which we are very adept at. We are looking forward to it. It is a good time for us to be going there because we are confident and from their point of view they have to win the game so it should be open.'

Manchester City keeper Shay Given said: 'Chelsea have improved since Guus Hiddink went there.

'They already had some good players there and Hiddink is a fantastic coach. He has given them more belief and that will ensure it is a tough game for us.

'We are still in the early stages of building and it might take a little bit of time. But there is no reason why we cannot look up to them and try to get there.'

Chelsea FC Team News:

Ricardo Carvalho could make a return into the heart of defence alongside the media's latest link, John Terry.

Essien is back just at the right time for Chelsea; with an accomplished display against Juventus, he will be a welcome addition to the Chelsea midfield if picked.

Player to watch: Didier Drogba

Five goals in six Premier League appearances against Manchester City mean that Drogba is more than a match for Manchester City's defence.

Manchester City FC Team News:

Manchester City midfield maestro's Nigel de Jong and Vincent Kompany remain out of action, meaning that Zabaleta will once again be soley responsible for breaking up opposition attacks.

Craig Bellamy is also on the injury list which presents Filipe Caicedo another chance to add to his goal tally.

Bojinov is available after missing out on City's UEFA Cup win, while Shaun Wright-Phillips and Wayne Bridge are both available to prove a point on their return to their previous club.

Player to watch: Richard Dunne

Richard Dunne has hit form again since his return and he will need to be a defensive rock if City are to keep Guus Hiddink's revived Chelsea at bay.

Match Facts & Stats

Two of the most deadly attacks in the Premier League go head-to-head. The difference between their league positions is the massive 20 extra goals conceded by Manchester City.

Ref Watch:

Mike Riley officiates this game. 16 games have seen 4 red cards and 73 yellows; with a card rate of 4.81 cards per match, Manchester City will be hoping not to have any further suspensions to hinder their progress.

Match Prediction:

Manchester City have nothing to lose in a game few would predict to win, even with a good away record. City have anything but that, and being 'typical City', no doubt we will suprise everyone with a 3-0 demolition. I am not that optomistic, but I think with all of the pressure on Chelsea to win, we have enough in us to grab a point on the counter-attack. Chelsea 1-1 MCFC.

Next Fixtures:

Away at Aalborg in the UEFA cup on Thursday 19th March at 8pm.




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Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 14 2009

Time: 11:12PM

Your Comments

Good review 8 ...be nice to walk away with a point but I am still going for my dream result City 2 Chelsea 1
Doody
Good review 8 ...be nice to walk away with a point but I am still going for my dream result City 2 Chelsea 1
Doody
Crunch game for us this guys. If we are going to make that Euro spot we need to get something out of this game.
Thaibluefan
Crunch game for us this guys. If we are going to make that Euro spot we need to get something out of this game.
Thaibluefan
I don't consider it a crunch game, more a matter of how far have we progressed this season. We surrendered at Coms even though we took the lead, which we have done on several occasions only to throw it away at the last minute.Do we have the bottle to take them on and win.
Buzz Lightyear
I don't consider it a crunch game, more a matter of how far have we progressed this season. We surrendered at Coms even though we took the lead, which we have done on several occasions only to throw it away at the last minute.Do we have the bottle to take them on and win.
Buzz Lightyear
has Real Mardid made a £100m bid and no-one has condemmed it?
Buzz Lightyear
has Real Mardid made a £100m bid and no-one has condemmed it?
Buzz Lightyear
To be fair, I dont even see the result of this game as a mark of progression. We are facing Chelsea without Bellamy, Kompany and De Jong. No-one should expect anything against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, if we do get something then thats fantastic, but if not, its nothing to be ashamed of at all.
eighthsin
To be fair, I dont even see the result of this game as a mark of progression. We are facing Chelsea without Bellamy, Kompany and De Jong. No-one should expect anything against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, if we do get something then thats fantastic, but if not, its nothing to be ashamed of at all.
eighthsin
 

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