Chelsea vs Manchester United is always a tough contest. Here's a comparison of some of the key players in today's game.
Chelsea play Manchester United later today at 16.00. A rivalry that has grown in the Premier League era Chelsea vs United has always been a hot contest, however, more often than not Chelsea have come out on top – Manchester United have lost more often (16 times) to Chelsea than any other opponent in the Premier League era. United have not won against Chelsea in their last six Premier League match-ups, and only won at Stamford Bridge once in the last 13 times played there. With four red cards in the last five games between the teams there are some significant rivalries in the squads:
The goal scorers: Wayne Rooney vs Diego Costa
Both are strong, both are physical, both score goals. Rooney vs Costa is a rivalry to watch. Both have been criticised for their behaviour and aggression on the pitch at times, which has led to unnecessary bookings. The players also have remarkably similar statistics this season. Rooney has played 20 games, taken 52 shots, scored 7 goals, and made 3 assists. Costa has played 20 games, taken 47 shots, scored 8 goals, and made 3 assists.
The battle for control: Cesc Fàbregas vs Marouane Fellaini
The battle for midfield control is also an interesting match-up and if it was last season the edge would definitely be with Chelsea. Fàbregas is considered one of the best midfielders of his generation. He is a playmaker in midfield, using his technique, ball control, vision, and passing ability to dictate the tempo of his team’s play. Fellaini, on the other hand has for a long time struggled to establish himself and his position in the United squad. Both 28-year-olds have not been preforming to their best this season and the stats are revealing for this match-up: Fàbregas has played 23 games this season, scoring 1 goal, providing three assists and having 23 shots; Fellaini has played 14 games this season, scoring 1 goal, providing zero assists and having 19 shots.
The Keepers: David De Gea vs Thibaut Courtois
Both word class goalkeepers the winner of today’s game is sure to be decided by who performs better in goal. Both played at Atletico Madrid for a number of years in their careers, and both have been successful for their national sides. Courtois has had a rough season this year suffering a red card in his first Premier League game of the season, followed by a leg injury that kept him out the squad for three months. However, despite this bad luck the Belgian has managed to keep 4 clean sheets in 13 games and make 35 saves. De Gea’s stats are also impressive keeping 9 clean sheets in 20 games and making over 50 saves. At the end of the day football is about scoring goals and with these men as keepers it won’t be easy for either team.
Both Chelsea and United have disappointed this season, however, that will not make today’s game any less intense. Kick-off is 4pm today at Stamford Bridge.