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EPL: Jose Mourinho's Machester United take on Chelsea, rampant City face Arsenal

The Manchester clubs travel to London as Jose visits his former club Chelsea, Guardiola looks to run riot as Arsenal come to Etihad.
Written by: Brett Ellis New Delhi November 04, 2017 17:08 IST
Brett Ellis

The Manchester United travel to London this weekend as Jose Mourinho's United take on the Portuguese coach's former club Chelsea, while Pep Guardiola's City take on Arsenal at the Etihad. The four heavyweights of the English league go head to head to battle for supremacy as unbeaten Manchester City are currently on a riot. 9 wins and one draw, knocking in 35 goals so far and decimating clubs has always been Guardiola's style of playing. From FC Barcelona to Bayern Munich, Pep's genre of football has finally been adjusted in City though it took the Spaniard one season to learn how to grow in the premier league and a whole lot of spending, literally. 

Jose Mourinho travels to Stamford Bridge as the Portuguese will reminisce the times he won the EPL twice with Chelsea and got sacked twice by Chelsea. Jose won the Europa League with the Red Devils last season, the capital cup and the community shield as well, but this time the Premier League title is on Mourinho's mind with the reds. United have been in a shaky form but a win against Tottenham Hotspurs with Anthony Martial's late goal and a comfortable victory against Benfica in the Champions League will boost the Red Devils as they go head to head with Antonio Conte's Blues. 

Chelsea recently suffered a heavy defeat to AC Roma in the UCL and will look to bounce back in the league to try and retain their title. The last time the two teams met, Manchester United won at Old Trafford. But this time an injured-ridden United play without their star players such as Paul Pogba, Rojo, Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Chelsea's Moses and N'golo Kante are sidelined due to injury as well. Mourinho's two players will be facing their former club as well as Matic and Lukaku make their first appearance at Stamford Bridge in different wearing a different badge. 

Arsene Wenger's Gunners will take on a rampant Manchester City and will have to defend more than attack if they are to win or draw this match. Guardiola's City have decimated their opponents so far in the league and recently defeated an unbeaten Napoli in their backyard in the UCL. Sergio Aguero has now become City's all-time scorer and looks nowhere close to stopping as Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva keep spoon-feeding the forwards with their assistance. Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Aguero have been running riot as their counter-attack play is classic Guardiola tactics. 

City's strategies resemble Pep's former clubs which he managed in Germany and Spain. Arsenal on the other side recently drew to Red Star in the Europa league but are somewhat responsible for Ronald Koeman's sacking from Everton as they thrashed the Toffees 5-2. The scoreline was more than enough to send the Dutchman packing. Wenger has to allow Arsenal to play forward than defend if they are to clinch a win at the Etihad on Sunday. 

City are nine points clear of Arsenal and are capable of clinching a win in London. Chelsea need a win at Stamford Bridge as United are four points clear. A win would see Conte's men in the top three if Spurs and Arsenal lose their respective matches. 

Certainly a weekend to remember as the Manchester clubs travel to London. Manchester City take on Arsenal, Manchester United face Chelsea on November 5.