Battle of the riches, moneybags, or two strong teams; Chelsea vs Manchester City may be called termed with various acronyms, but this match is undoubtedly going to be important in deciding the destination of the title. It may still be early days, but there is little doubt that both these teams will be fighting at the end of the season. In many ways, this match is a six-pointer and there are plenty of individuals capable of being the difference.
5. Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres has encountered a few purple patches since moving to Chelsea. However, he has failed to convert those purple patches into constant form. After two goals against Schalke, perhaps, he will prove everyone that he is finally back to his best.
4. Sergio Aguero
Aguero is the second best scorer in the Premier League this season with six goals to his name. The presence of Alvaro Negredo has made him play in a slightly withdrawn role, but this has made him more effective in some areas. His limitless energy and extraordinary pace mean that he often finds himself with the chance to shoot more often than not.
The tired looking Oscar of last season is gone and he is replaced by an energetic young midfielder, who is keeping Juan Mata away from the No.10 role. Oscar has been one of Chelsea’s best players this season and it would be hard to argue with that fact. Despite being a midfielder, he already has four league goals and is Chelsea’s top scorer in the league.
He has either contributed or scored a goal in each of Chelsea’s last four matches in all competitions.
2. Yaya Touré
José Mourinho pinpointed the threat of Yaya Touré in the pre-match press conference. There can be little added to these words of Mourinho:
“What does he give Manchester City? Everything. [He gives them] leadership, defensive play, attacking play, goals and physicality.
“He has experience and he gives them everything on the pitch.”
1. Eden Hazard
The Belgian has been in sensational form over the last few weeks. After the first international break, he appeared a little out of sorts and was overshadowed by Oscar. Four goals and an assist in his last three matches have once again put the 22-year-old in the limelight.
He is looking fit, sharp, and hungry for goals. He could play either on the left or right depending upon the presence of Andre Schurrle. City’s attacking full-backs like Pablo Zabaleta and Alexander Kolarov could leave him with a lot of space to exploit.
Who is on your list?