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Manchester United vs. Manchester City Premier League Tips 10/23/11

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The top of the Premier League table will be determined on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford, as arguably the two best teams in England duke it out when Manchester United takes on Manchester City in the biggest derby of the year.

Though Chelsea is just a single point behind United and three behind City, there is no doubt that the two sides from Manchester have been the most impressive of all this year. They are two of the three sides that have not been beaten on the campaign (joining the surprises of the Premier League season, Newcastle United), and they have combined to score 52 goals against 12 allowed in eight fixtures apiece.

Nigel De Jong, the heart and soul of this Man City side, claims that his team is traveling to Old Trafford as the table toppers and should be treated as such. And why not? The team has more goals away from home this year (14) than as the guests (13).

The Citizens do have some results that are worth being concerned about this year, though. They were beaten in the Champions League at Bayern Munich 2-0 in a game in which they were thoroughly dominated, and they also only drew 2-2 at Craveners Cottage against Fulham back on September 18th.

Even though Carlos Tevez looks like he will never suit up in the light blue again, this is still a team with some awesome firepower. Man City dropped a pair of goals, including a late winner on Villarreal on Tuesday night in the Champions League, and it has scored at least two goals in all of its Premier League fixtures this year.

Of course, the Red Devils have all of the pride, history, and tradition on their side in this one, and they are hoping to snare three points to get back to the top of the table where they feel they belong.

United was unlucky not to snare all three points at Anfield against Liverpool last weekend, as it was equalized late on in a match that could have been much, much worse. That being said, this isn’t a team that is in fine form right now. A 2-0 win at doormats, Otelul Galati in the Champions League on Tuesday only came courtesy of two penalty kicks by Wayne Rooney, and prior to that, the team only has one win (home against Norwich City) in its last five total matches.

These two teams have already met once this year, and it was a thrilling match to say the least. City took a 2-0 lead in the Community Shield, only to cough that lead up. Ultimately, Man U was able to steal the Cup at the death. Nani, who is emerging as a leader on this veteran side, netted the equalizer in the 58th minute and the winner in stoppage time for the Red Devils.

Probably more thanks to their names than anything else, United gets the slight nod from the oddsmakers in this one at even money to take all three points. We tend to fancy the Citizens though, as they truly might have the best side in England this season and could prove it in the biggest match of the year to date on Sunday.

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Live Manchester United vs. Chelsea – Man U vs. Chelsea Football Club

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Two of the storied sides in the EPL are going to be squaring off on Sunday in the biggest game on the Premier League schedule this week, as Manchester United faces the Chelsea Football Club!

Right now, it doesn’t look like there is anything out there that can stop any of the Manchester sides. Both Manchester United and Manchester City ended up drawing 1-1 in their first Champions League matches on Wednesday, so perhaps both are there for the taking, but you know that Manager Sir Alex Fergusson was more concerned about this week’s match against the Blues.

The Red Devils are 4-0-0 on the campaign and are a whopping +15 already in goal differential. Rio Ferdinand should be back in the fold this week after missing the UCL affair with Benfica on Wednesday, and he should help out a defense which has been fantastic. The only questionable part of this unit is the play of keeper David De Gea. De Gea was replaced for the first round Champions League duel by Anders Lindegaard, but he will be back in the saddle for this one.

Wayne Rooney already has eight goals scored this year, and he has been so good that his skipper has compared him to the legendary Pele. To put all of that in comparison, Chelsea has seven goals in total in the same four games.

It’s not like the Blues have been slacking, though. They are 3-1-1, and their one draw came at a game Stoke City side trying to prove that it truly belongs in the EPL on the opening day of the season. Since that point, Chelsea FC has won four straight fixtures, including a Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

On this fantastic run of four matches, the Blues have scored nine goals by nine different players. Names like John Terry, Frank Lampard, and Nicolas Anelka have had their share of duels here at Old Trafford, and the hope is that experience against the Red Devils will pay dividends this weekend.

Petr Cech spent two weeks out of action with a knee injury, but he came back last week. Though he couldn’t keep a clean sheet in a 2-1 win against Sunderland, he did leave the donut on the board against Bayer on Tuesday. This is a challenge like he hasn’t seen this season though, and this could be incredibly difficult to keep United off of the scoreboard.

Last year, there were five meetings between these two teams. Man U took down the Community Shield at the outset of the season, and then won three of the four clashes during the season, including both in the Champions League quarterfinals. Chelsea’s lone win was at Stamford Bridge in March, a 2-1 decision. The Blues did beat United in all three 2009 meetings.

Don’t be shocked if this is a close run tie for the entire way. The Red Devils are slender -120 favorites on the three-way soccer lines at Bet365. The ‘total’ has been set at 2.5, over -105.

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