Stats: Where are Manchester United better than Premier League leaders Chelsea?

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Manchester United have performed better in a key area than Premier League leaders Chelsea this season.

Manchester United V Chelsea

The pick of the games this weekend in the Premier League sees Manchester United hosting Chelsea at Old Trafford.

There’s been plenty of talk over the possibility of the Blues going through this season unbeaten but United present a challenge for the Blues, as they have been very difficult to predict this season.

Chelsea have been more effective in terms of attack and defence this season, but they are missing their two key strikers; Diego Costa and Loic Remy.

The Chelsea midfield will create chances, but it will be interesting to see if Didier Drogba or Andre Schurrle are sharp enough in the centre forward role to make the most of them.

Chelsea may also sit back in this game and try to exploit United on the counter attack due to the size of Old Trafford. They have more attempts from fast breaks this season, which makes that an option for Jose Mourinho.

The discipline is the same on both sides in terms of yellow cards so how can United try and get an advantage?

United have more accurate passes this season, which suggests if they can get hold of the ball and use it well, they could frustrate their opponents over 90 minutes. Chelsea have several players who are world class in possession so it’s important for United to keep the ball away from them.

Conclusion: This is the sort of match that Mourinho loves. He’ll try something to mute United’s attack influences while trying to steal a goal at the other end. Chelsea may just edge this if they get their tactics right.

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