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Chelsea vs. Manchester City

Villa Park

12/8/12

13h30 BST

The FA Community Shield 2012 VMC Preview

And so the close season came to pass. Chelsea spent heavily, City not a penny. Chelsea played poorly, City played well. As intriguing a Community Shield as we've seen in recent years...lies in wait. We could well be in for a cracker such is the high calibre of player that will be on display...

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Di Matteo:
'It's certainly going to be a strong (Chelsea) team. The players know a win against Man City would be great and give us the right step into the Premier League.'

Roberto Mancini:
'I am confident with my players because we won the league and also because last year we beat a fantastic team like United. But you do need to improve at every level. We are a young team and we need to get better, every month, every year.'

Chelsea Team News:

OUT:
Marko Marin (hamstring)

Player to watch: Eden Hazard

Who else? Hazard's bizarre media and social networking transfer dalliance over The Stretfords, City and Chelsea early in the summer ultimately led to a move to Stamford Bridge. The 21 year old Belgian certainly talks the talk and has set himself up for big things. It will be interesting to see how all 32,000,000 of him fairs against the meanest, tough tackling defence in England.

Manchester City Team News:

OUT:
Micah Richards (ankle)
Gareth Barry (hernia operation)
Mario Balotelli (rested)
David Silva (rested)

DOUBTFUL:
Vincent Kompany (late fitness test -calf)

Player to watch: Carlos Tevez

'El Apache' also known as 'The Nameless One' arguably breathed life into City's title charge last season and has formed a formidable 'Ground Attack' (copyright VMC's Pedmachine) alongside the prolific Sergio Aguero. This will be the first time that Planet Blue has seen Tevez after a full pre-season in which he has looked combative, hungry and in terrific shape. Has the ability with Kun to have any game wrapped up inside 45 minutes.

Match Facts & Stats

Head To Head:
League 55 Chelsea Wins, 36 Draws, 43 City Wins
League Cup 1 Chelsea Win, 1 City Win
Other Cup 2 Chelsea Wins
FA Cup 1 Chelsea Win, 2 City Wins
Total: 59 Chelsea Wins, 36 Draws, 46 City Wins

Last Season:
Mo 12 Dec 2011 Chelsea 2 - 1 Man City
We 21 Mar 2012 Man City 2 - 1 Chelsea

Betting:
City 13/10, Chelsea 5/4

TV Coverage: ITV1 HD

FACTS:
From the inception of the Premier League, only 7 of 20 Community /Charity Shield winners went on to win the title. But 4 of the last 5 winners have gone on to win it.

9 teams have played in more than 5 Community / Charity Shields. Only Newcastle with 17% have a lower win percentage than City with 38% and Chelsea 44%.

Record Shield Result: Manchester City 6, West Bromwhich Albion 1 in 1968.

The last 5 Premier League clashes between The Pensioners and The Citizens saw 3 players sent off and 4 penalties converted.



Ref Watch:

Kevin Friend of Leicestershire 2011-2012 Record Across All Competitions: 33 Games, 120 Yellows, 3 Reds Last Season: Chelsea 1 - 1 Fulham Sunderland 1 - 0 Man City Man City 4 - 0 West Brom Liverpool 4 - 1 Chelsea

Match Prediction:

Johnny On The Spot: If this were a league game I'd say too close to call but I'm predicting an open game at one of City's favourite venues that holds so many wonderful memories. I think that The Champions fully gelled team will give them the edge over a Chelsea side still finding it's reorganised feet. Chelsea 0 CITY 3

Next Fixtures:

Su 19 Aug 15h00 Southampton, The Etihad, PL
Sa 25 Aug 15h00 Liverpool, Anfield, PL
Sa 01 Sep 17h30 QPR, The Etihad, PL




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The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 10 2012

Time: 7:21PM

Your Comments

Roberto Di Matteo shares his thoughts ahead of the match.

Tudor
Xo xo xo sori @ *****ty fans, but we r xo xo gonna win u guyz
chokoz_cfs
wtf chokoz...wtf. Should be a great game, can't wait! Pre-season with just a tad of meaning. Don't think we're fully gelled yet with the new signings, so this may be a bit soon for us. But hey, Hazard can get his first real test. Can't wait.
BlueBanes
Pants will be in goal according to the likes of Das Daily Mail. I got no problem with that. He's been in great form on tour.
Johnny Baguette
Hey Chokoz think back 6 months or will the weed not allow that? how long before RdM gets hounded out? on to more substantial matters City to switch formations at H-T and the game to finish level with us winning on pengys.
pacific_ocean_blue
 

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