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The key Man City v Chelsea midfield battle that will win the game

Man City's Rodrigo

Man City entertain Frank Lampard’s Chelsea tomorrow in a top-four clash many wouldn’t have expected with Chelsea above Man City.

Guardiola’s men find themselves in fourth, nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool and struggling for form in recent times.

3 wins and 2 losses to Liverpool and Wolves in the last 5 league games, see the Citizen’s with a bigger gap than last year’s 7 points to make up to Liverpool. If they want to complete a treble of domestic title’s, they have to refind their groove.

Chelsea comes into the game with only one loss since the middle of September across all competitions. They surely provide a stern test once again for Man City. Albeit, Guardiola is boosted by the news that Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson is available following his injury.

As former midfielders, Guardiola and Lampard know that these type’s of games are won and lost in the midfield area. Both Jorghino and Rodrigo are excelling in the DMC role this season and could be the key to who takes the three points…

Man City’s Rodrigo

The Spanish defensive midfielder is the younger of the two and is in his debut season in the Premier League. He rates higher on whoscored.com’s ratings with 7.47 compared to Jorghino’s 7.14.

Alongside a strong passing game with 91.6% completed passes and 2.9 aerial battles won per game – it seems Rodrigo will the main man come Saturday with his offensive stats stacking up against Jorghino, with more key passes and long ball distribution per game.

To compare, Jorghinos pass completion is 88.4% and the Italian has 0.5 aerial duels won per game.

Chelsea’s Jorghino

However, the role of a defensive midfielder is to stop the attacks. This is where Chelsea’s Jorghino starts to show his age and experience over Rodigo.

He wins the battle of tackles (2.5 – 2.4), interceptions (2.1 – 0.8), less fouls given away (1 – 1.3) and blocks (0.3 – 0.2) per game.

Some of the stats are marginal. Sometimes, marginal is what it takes to win a match in the top four.

Whatever the result between these two sides. it will be a fascinating watch in the centre fo the park.

Man City can edge closer to Liverpool with these 2 key fixtures

Man City boss Pep Guardiola

It is going to be crucial for Man City to pick up as many points as possible in the next few weeks. They need to close the gap on Liverpool.

Liverpool currently sits at the top of the Premier League on 34 points. Man City have now dropped to 4th with 25 points following last weekend’s defeat.

Leicester City and Chelsea have overtaken them recently. Now it is time for the Blues to step up if they want to regain their title for the third time in a row.

Pep Guardiola’s side lost 3-1 to Liverpool last week in a VAR debated game. This caused them to fall behind even more and the gap between the two clubs has opened up.

However, Man City will have to make the most of upcoming games and try to get as many points as possible.

Here are two games that stand out…

Man City v Chelsea

Frank Lampard’s side has recently overtaken Man City in the League. They have gone to 3rd with 26 points.

However, the blues need to take advantage of them. Their team is quite young, which could see them gain from with the experience they have.

Chelsea has also not had many big goal-scoring games. Most have been 2-1 wins. Man City can try to score a few in this game to make sure they take 3 points. They face Chelsea at home next weekend.

Southampton away

This fixture isn’t until April. However, that is closer to the end of the season and it will be a critical time for City in the title race.

That is if a race is still on. Southampton is currently 19th in the League. They only have 8 points. Pep’s side has already played them twice this season.

Pep Guardiola’s side won both meetings. However, this gives them an advantage as they should know what to expect.

Man City should be going all out for Rennes 17y/o midfielder for these 2 reasons

Man City transfer target Eduardo Camavinga

According to 90min.com, Man City have joined the race for Rennes wonder-kid, Eduardo Camavinga. The Blues will face some competition for his signature.

The 17-year-old midfielder has started all games so far this season for Rennes. He has since gone from strength to strength as every game passes.

He signed a contract in the summer that puts him with the Ligue 1 side until 2021. However, European and Premier League giants have started to express their interest in the teenager.

This is an advantage to Rennes as they would have leverage over an asking price if Camavinga draws in a lot of attention.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United are all said to be interested. However, Man City are ready to fight them all off.

Here are two reasons why Man City should make him a priority signing…

Man City struggles in defence

Man City have been struggling in defence and with their defensive midfielders. Eduardo may not be able to step up to the first team straight away, however, he could help.

A lot of the Man City defenders are injured which has seen Fernandinho slide into a defensive position. Some of the midfielders have had to go into a more defensive position too.

This has had an effect on the attack. Bringing this teenager in could help. He is a comfortable defensive midfielder but also produces phenomenal assists.


Eduardo is currently starting every game for Rennes. At such a young age, that is a huge responsibility.

Even though he would probably be placed in Man City’s academy to start off with, he would bring this experience to the Premier League.

However, this may be a problem to the 17-year-old as he is getting full-time football now and may not want to give that up.

‘Rashford can’t score a penalty or free kick until he plays us.’ Chelsea fans react to their Carabao Cup loss to Man Utd

Man Utd Rashford

Chelsea faced Man United last night in the Carabao Cup. Unfortunately, Frank Lampard’s side lost 2-1. Here are your reactions

Chelsea gave a penalty away to give Marcus Rashford his first goal of the night.

Luckily, Batshuayi managed to equalise. However, Marcus Rashford gave one of the best goals fans have seen in a long time.

He managed to score a free-kick from distance. Even Frank Lampard admitted that there was no stopping it.

Now Chelsea is out of the competition. However, at least it gives the young players time to focus on the Premier League.

Here are Chelsea fans reactions…

‘Stamford Bridge is our new training ground.’ Man United fans react to their win

Man Utd Rashford

Last night, Man United played Chelsea in the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge. The Red Devil’s managed to win 2-1 and here’s your reactions.

There’s a clear difference since the start of the season to now for Man United. Their form is a little better.

Last night, fans weren’t sure who would win. Would Chelsea’s youngsters be enough to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side?

Well, the answer was no. A Marcus Rashford penalty put Man United 1-0 up. Even though Chelsea did manage to get one back, there was no stopping Rashford’s free kick that went straight in.

Here’s your reactions…

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Chelsea need to play these 2 key men to beat Man United tonight

Chelsea will face Man United in the Carabao Cup tonight at Stamford Bridge. Here are two players who will help them beat the Red Devils.

Frank Lampard has a great team of youngsters at Chelsea. He will have the chance to show Man United what they’re capable of tonight.

There have been whispers about injuries in the Chelsea squad. However, Man United have also had to endure injuries throughout the season.

Chelsea still have a lot of talented options though. Attacking midfielder, Mason Mount is worth a mention.

However, here are two players that will be looking to impress against Man United tonight…

Tammy Abraham

Abraham is Chelsea’s top goal scorer so far this season.

He has been relied on a lot by Frank Lampard this season. However, tonight he will be looking to lead his team to a win.

Christian Pulisic

The right winger is another player who has been a top pick for Frank Lampard.

In Chelsea’s last game against Burnley, he managed to get a hat-trick. This should inspire him to try and score again tonight.

Leeds Utd looking to ex-Wigan Athletic loanee to secure promotion, 3 things he will bring

According to Football Insider, Leeds Utd are eyeing up one of Chelsea’s rising stars. 19-year-old Reece James is the man they want to help them with their promotion campaign.

Leeds are currently 5th in the Championship. They’re hoping they can secure promotion this season. However, there’s still a long way to go.

January will offer them the chance to bring someone new in. Reece James is apparently the man they’re after

Although he is currently a rising star in the Premier League, fans of the Championship will also recognise him. He had a loan spell with Wigan last season and made a huge impact.

In his time with the Latics, he was voted a fan and player favourite for the year. He also earned himself a spot in the Championship team of the year. But what will he offer Leeds if a deal was to go ahead?


Known as a right-back, the teenager can also operate the right-wing. He’s also not a stranger to being used as a centre back or being put in central midfield.

This is something that is vital to a team pushing for promotion. James would offer them options in time of need.

If there was an injury or things weren’t working at all, he’s a player that can be moved around the field. However, Chelsea is also using that to their advantage. Negotiations would have to be made to get him to move.


WhoScored.com have a long list of characteristics that compliment him.

Crossing as direct free kicks are listed as very strong attributes. Passes, long shots, dribbling and taking set pieces are also strong qualities.

These are all things that make him a great footballer. His senior debut for Frank Lampard’s side last month was against Grimsby in a cup game. He played at right-back and provided one goal and one assist in a 7-1 win. That’s the kind of player Leeds need.


As well as skill, the stats and versatility he knows what it’s like to fight for the game.

He’s worked his way up throughout Chelsea’s youth ranks. A spell at Wigan also offered him experience and now he’s impressing in the Premier League.

Leeds will have to hope that he’s ready for another loan spell.

Man City, Man Utd & Chelsea to battle it out for exciting Premier League 20y/o in January?

The Football Manc Cave are exploring why Declan Rice should be a player who is on Man City’s radar.

This article comes after HITC.com reported that Tony Cottee has claimed Man United, Man City and Chelsea should all want to sign him. The 20-year-old has been blossoming at West Ham and for England.

If West Ham manages a good finish in the league this season then Rice staying with the Hammers may be more appealing. However, if other clubs were to come knocking, he would be wise to look at his options.

Cottee has also claimed that he could match the defence line at these clubs and compare to players like Harry Maguire. Declan Rice can play in a range of positions and at his young age, he’s broken into the England team. This has also led Cottee to believe that his profile will now build and he will become a wanted man.

Man City would be sensible to seriously look into signing him due to the departure of Vincent Kompany and the recent injury to Laporte. They need more options at the back that reach Guardiola’s standard. Rice can definitely match that level of play and determination.

Their only issue is getting him before other clubs start looking into him. If the claim ends up being true and Man United And Chelsea also start to look at the West Ham player, Pep Guardiola will once again have a fight on his hands with other top-flight clubs. He’ll just have to make sure the Etihad has the most appeal.

3 reasons why Wigan Athletic must hold on to 17y/o despite interest from Liverpool & Chelsea

Liverpool and Chelsea, amongst others, will be watching Wigan Atheltic’s young English forward closely this season in the Championship…

Wigan’s home grown talent Joe Gelhardt has impressed scouts since making his senior debut in April of 2019. He scored his first senior goal against Burnley during pre-season, admitting that it was a “dream come true”.

Paul Cook appears to be entrusting the youngster with a role at the club. Gelhardt came on off the bench in a 0-0 draw with Barnsley in hope that the could of clinched the winning goal.

With teams such as Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton and Leicester circling around the striker, here are three reasons why Wigan should hold onto him for time being…


Putting a 17 year-old striker with little game experience on the market will not fetch a heavy fee. If Wigan believe that Gelhardt can go on to be one of the brightest talents in England football, they should let him prove himself at the Championship level. This could bolster his price, going from well under £5million to well over £40million should he continue improving and learning over the next four years.

Wigan’s form

Last season, Wigan finished 18th with 51 goals scored in their first season back in the Championship. This season, they find themselves in 22nd place, with 4 points from 6 games with 4 goals scored. Wigan need ten to twenty goals more than last season to see an improvement, and to move up to the middle of the table. As it stands, introducing Gelhardt to the first-team action seems to be their best method of achieving this.


Wigan have been out of Premier League action for a long time now. But, undoubtedly, their aspirations are to one day return. Without intense funds, they have to hold on to their home grown talent and then utilise it. If not, they risk becoming a stagnant feeder club for top English sides.

Man Utd’s top 5 English rivals are…

Football rivalries are a huge part of the World’s greatest sport. To some, they are subjective. But a recent report demonstrates who fans consider their biggest rivals in English football.

Twitter user Chris Whiting posted a study called ‘The League of Love And Hate’ where football fans voted. It has discovered the biggest rivals of England’s top clubs.

Today, The Football Manc Cave will assess the top rivals for Manchester United, and why.

Man Utd has garnered a lot of love and a lot of hate worldwide after their mass amounts of success over the past few decades. It’s safe to say that those who despise the kings of English football are enjoying their current downfall. But who do Man Utd fans consider to be their biggest rivals? Well, here is the top five, and why…

5. Arsenal

Man Utd’s Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger were the top dogs of English football for quite a while. Wenger won 3 Premier League titles, in ’98, ’02 and ’04, but has failed to ever since.

During this period Arsenal was Man Utd’s biggest competition. Whilst the rivalry still exists, it has certainly dwindled down in recent years due to a lack of success from both clubs.

4. Leeds

To football fans who are not from England, seeing Championship side Leeds United in the top five rivals for Man Utd may come as a surprise.

First and foremost, Leeds is only 45 miles away from Manchester, making the match-up somewhat of a North-West derby.

However, to get into the rivalry a little deeper, we need a history lesson. Manchester was part of the Lancashire county during the Tudor era (the 1400s) whilst Leeds was part of the Yorkshire county. Lancashire’s symbol is the Red Rose and Yorkshire’s is the White Rose, which is (possibly coincidentally) reflected in their strips. The two counties famously feuded, a subject most Northern English students will be taught about. Furthermore, the industrial revolution in the late 1700s saw the two cities battle each other in an architectural race in who can develop the best buildings and businesses.

With friction already ingrained within the culture of each of their peoples, it was bound to be reflected in football when the two sides met. To reignite the spark that would last forever, the sides met in the FA Cup semi-final in 1965 which saw a punch up between Jack Charlton (of Leeds) and Denis Law (of Man Utd).

So, not only do the football teams have a rivalry, the people themselves have this rivalry ingrained into their culture.

3. Chelsea

After Arsenal were Man Utd’s biggest challengers, the emphasis switched over to Chelsea. Chelsea won back to back Premier League titles directly after Arsenal’s ’04 success, drawing Sir Alex’s attention to a different area of London. The rivalry is more recent. There have been heartbreaks and triumphs over the London Blues in domestic and European finals. So it is understandable to see them place above Leeds and Arsenal.

2. Man City

Although Man City’s success is very recent, they may well have still placed second if fans had been quizzed about this 12 years ago. Man City and Man City are direct neighbours, and derby games have always been a spectacle. Man City’s hate for Man Utd will have been heavy during the reign of the Reds, but the balance has changed since Man Utd became the second-best team in Manchester.

1. Liverpool

As expected. Fans of football from all corners of the globe are well aware of this huge rivalry.

Again, to fully understand the origins, another history lesson is needed. Liverpool is located on the North West coast of England and is famous for Albert Docks. In the early 1800s, Liverpool (the city) was thriving off their ability to trade textiles, receiving them at the docks and dispersing them throughout Britain, which created jobs and businesses for the people.

However, the Manchester Canal was completed towards the end of the 1800s which nullified reasons to dock at Liverpool. Ships could simply continue through the River Mersey, onto the canal and into Manchester.

This created a feud between the two cities as Liverpool was economically harmed by this process. To make the friction worse, both of the cities’ football teams have seen the most success in English football, at the expense of one another.

The cultural clash and competition alongside a century of football feuds have created one of the fiercest rivalries in world football.

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