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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.

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.

Man United’s front 3 should line up like this tonight

Man United face Chelsea tonight in the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge. The Football Manc Cave are picking out the three players who should be up front.

Man United’s recent form has been a little bit better than the start of the season. However, they face an impressive Chelsea side tonight and both will be looking to win.

If Man United want to win, they need to put out a strong attacking team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keeps on putting young players into his starting line up. However, tonight it will be about the experienced members of the squad.

Front 3

Solskjaer should start Martial up front with Lingard on the right wing and rashford on the left.

This is the most effective and experienced trio that Man United currently have. However, there will be younger options on the bench if Solskjaer needs to change things up.

Youngsters

The young Talent at Man United is proving to be be on another level.

Chelsea also have young talented players who Frank Lampard has had to rely on all season. However, Man United have the likes of James Garner, Brandon Williams and Scott Mctominay.

Newcastle United making a smart move by grabbing former Wigan Athletic man on loan

The Sun have reported that Steve Bruce is plotting an ambitious move. He wants to take Chelsea star, Reece James to Newcastle on loan.

It looks like Steve Bruce will be making a call to see if James is available for half a season at Newcastle.

Newcastle have struggled to fill the right back position this season. Players like Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth and DeAndre Yedlin have all tried to fill that position so far this season.

However, Steve Bruce thinks that James will be a great addition to his side.

The 19 year old spent last season on loan with Wigan Athletic. He impressed that much that he ended up with the Captain’s arm band.

Chelsea

Reece James forced his way into Frank Lampard’s squad.

Unfortunately he will only get to play a few games because of Cesar Azpilicueta’s current form.

Steve Bruce

Bruce will be looking to benefit from this as he can offer the teenager weekly football.

This is a sensible and tactical plan from the Newcastle manager. It looks like Steve Bruce could try to pitch his plan to the teenager before the transfer window opens in January.

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?

Versatility

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.

Strengths

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.

Determination

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 Utd can score goals but are one injury away from the inadequacy of last season – Agree?

The dark cloud over Old Trafford appears to be fading. What does Man Utd’s 4-0 thrashing over Lampard mean for the Red Devils as they march on?

No honest Man Utd or Chelsea fan can admit they saw that coming. Despite Chelsea having moments of showing how they can find themselves in dangerous areas, the attacks were always snuffed.

Man Utd and Chelsea are in similar situations, both have a much weaker squad than they have done in the years gone by, both feel they are underachieving and both are managed by a club legend.

This occasion was truly boys versus men. Man Utd allowed Chelsea the arrogance to try and bring the game to the Reds on their home turf, backfiring 4 goals from 5 shots on target. Which leads on to the first key thing we learned from Solskjaer’s 4-0 win…

Clinical United

Romelu Lukaku’s departure from the club left many fans scratching their heads. Where on Earth was Manchester United going to get their goals from?

If Man Utd had just beaten Norwich, Sheffield Utd or Newcastle 4-0, with respect to those clubs, there would still be concern about how Man Utd will cope this season.

However, in a campaign where Man Utd are fighting for 4th place with Chelsea and Arsenal, the Reds have already sent one of them to the bins. With a fairly given penalty buried by Rashford, he continued to show how much bottle he has.

A real number nine goal for Man Utd’s number nine. It saw Man Utd play it out to the wing, whipped in across goal from Pereira and met in front of the net by Anthony Martial to make it 2-0.

Merely seconds later, a beautiful pass behind the Chelsea defence came from a quiet Paul Pogba, controlled and slotted home by Marcus Rashford. Challenging Martial for his striker spot.

Finally, a dream debut for substitute Daniel James. As Pogba drove forward, the Welsh speedster caught up to him on his right-hand side, was played in and buried it home.

Basically, Man Utd can score goals this season.

Ole agrees! Team selection

Man Utd fans worldwide disagree on many things, to the abuse of players, to the ownership to how nice the new strip is. But one thing they all agree on is that Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Nemanja Matic are crucial to why Man Utd will fail this season.

Be it silly mistakes, lack of quality or inability to keep up with the new style of play; Solskjaer gave none of them game time today.

It is positive for fans to see their club moving forward, after falling behind for so many years. It appears the concerns of the fans are also the concerns of Solskjaer and all are on the same page with how this Man Utd team should look, behave and perform. Unfortunately, the Reds are merely and injury or two away from having an inadequate squad.

‘Man United played so well. Big question is the sustainability of it’ Man Utd fans not getting to carried away with a 4-0 win over Chelsea

Solskjaer’s dream Premier League start comes in the form of his Man United side thrashing over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

Before the league started, Man Utd lost Ander Herrera and Romelu Lukaku. Surely you would expect fewer goals and fewer chances? Not yesterday. Solskjaer’s hard-working and high pressing Red Devils proved to be a nightmare for Lampard and Chelsea.

A fair penalty won and buried by Marcus Rashford saw the Red’s shaky start begin to stabilize. Despite Chelsea coming close to scoring on several occasions, the hard as stone Man Utd defence proved almost impenetrable. With one of the world’s best between the sticks just behind, Chelsea finished on zero.

Clinical, exciting and well-deserved goals also came from the new number 9 Anthony Martial, a second goal for Marcus Rashford, and a Premier League debut goal for the Welshman Daniel James.

Some fans on Twitter may believe the result was just a fluke. But can three well-worked goals, a successful game plan, and a rock-solid defence really have been by chance?

Although Man Utd looked fantastic in most areas in their 4-0 victory over Chelsea, fans are aware that Man Utd must keep it up. The squad is merely an injury away in a crucial position to have severe exploits in the team.

Some fans make the case that enough any other team thrashed Chelsea 4-0 there would be more credit being given.

Regardless, the feeling inside the Man Utd camp will be extremely positive after this great result. It proves that the business made has benefitted the squad and that Solskjaer’s philosophies and strategies are proving successful. But most importantly, that Man Utd are improving from last season.

Man Utd have 2 reasons why they should go for Chelsea midfielder

There are rumours of a transfer race for Chelsea midfielder, Tiémoué Bakayoko and Manchester United are one team named as being interested.

Today at the Football Manc Cave, we are looking at reasons why Man United should advance on signing him.

The 24-year-old has found himself in an unlikely transfer race with Arsenal, Man United and PSG all monitoring him in the hope to get his signature. He’s had a shaky start in his career, especially at Chelsea as he found himself in a couple of red card situations. As you can imagine, that didn’t leave the best impression on the fans and other teams.

The Frenchman spent last season on loan at AC Milan after his disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge. It was there where Bakayoko improved which explains the sudden development of interest. The ex-Monaco player is now in pre-season training and being watched by new Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard.

So if he does decide that a change would do him good, why should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go all out for him?

He Will Give It His All

This might be an obvious statement to make. All footballers who want to make it should be putting 100% effort in. However, not only will he be determined to get appearances, but he will also want to prove his improving form.

When he played for Monaco in the 2016/17 season, in an interview, he revealed how he had been suffering from a knee injury. He had been having problems since 2015, although he only addressed the issue in 2017. He said, “people don’t know but throughout the whole of last season, I suffered because of my knee. I had to grit my teeth in every match.” Now that he appears to be over this, I’m sure he’ll give it his all even more.

Champions League

Man United missed out on qualifying for Champions League football at the end of last season. Fans will be hoping for a better campaign this football season that sees the Red Devil’s end up back where they belong. If they do, Bakayoko is no stranger to the competition. He was with Monaco since 2014 and in the 2016/17 season, he contributed to their Ligue 1 title win.

As an individual, he was then named in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League squad of the season before he joined Chelsea for £40 million. Let’s just hope he wants to be a part of a Man United side that wants to fight to be a part of Champions League football, rather than being put off by the fact they won’t be playing it next season.

OPINION: Should Gerrard jump ship at Rangers to join a sinking one at Newcastle Utd

We’ve seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Man United, Frank Lampard to Chelsea. Is it possible to see Steven Gerrard go to Newcastle?

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard gave Rangers FC their best season in recent years after his first full season in charge. The chatter here at the Football Manc Cave is that he is wanted by Mike Ashley, to fill the vacant manager spot at Newcastle United left by his old boss; Rafa Benitez.

With Rangers having resurrected themselves from the financial blows of 2012, the future appears bright for the second best team in Scotland. With Steven Gerrard proving his managerial skills after only one year with the Glasgow club, he has instantly become a favourite at Ibrox Stadium.

Newcastle United are amid pre-season training without a manager following Benitez leaving the club at the end of his contract. Owner Mike Ashley is becoming frustrated with the lack of communication from potential Middle-Eastern buyer Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, at a rumoured £350million.

Fans of The Magpies are refusing to renew their season ticket due to frustration with the running of the club, Mike Ashley has become a villain in his own domain.

Decisions for Gerrard

Gerrard has two options in this scenario. He can continue his success with Rangers, building fantastic relationships with his squad, and push for a goal they are within reach of; challenge and overtake rivals Celtic.

Alternatively, the Liverpool legend could enter a club with an uncertain future, a fight against relegation and little to no backing from the owner.

It may be the case that Gerrard tests his skills in the Premier League once again in the near future. However making a name for himself by being successful at Rangers, who can offer him both domestic and European football, is the way forward for the Liverpudlian.

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