The two Premier League giants go head-to-head in an important clash at Stamford Bridge on October 27, before Kompany is due for a return from his latest injury setback.
Kompany limped off the field during last weekend’s win against Everton and scans have subsequently revealed it will be four weeks before he’s back in training, focusing on a competitive return to action.
Kompany’s importance to the current City back four is very clear and they look a better defensive unit when he’s in the side as opposed to sitting in the stands.
The temptation will be to try and rush him back and give him every chance to play against Chelsea and possibly the Champions League match against CSKA Moscow the Wednesday before.
However, the risk with that approach is it runs the risk of making his injury worse, potentially causing another setback which will delay his progress even further.
Chelsea’s front line this season has been a little inconsistent with none of the strikers at the club able to nail down the number nine position, leading the Chelsea attack effectively.
There is a lot of pressure on the creative and attacking midfield players at Chelsea right now, which means the absence of someone who could keep the sole striker quiet has to be seen as a benefit.
Kompany showed in the Manchester derby that he can match up against the most physical of strikers, as he kept Wayne Rooney very quiet throughout and he’d certainly be able to match up against one of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o or Demba Ba.
It will be much easier for the Chelsea midfield to feed the main striker, as well as several players making runs forward without Kompany in the back four. The Belgian is a defender who likes to press the attack, going up against a forward to get beyond him to intercept the ball before it’s fed in and reaches the striker.
That effectively means Chelsea will benefit through having extra time, as the striker won’t have Kompany bearing down on him and the midfielders are less likely to see their passes go to a City player.
Chelsea and City are separated by a single point at the moment in the Premier League table and the sides could be in similar positions by the time this fixture comes round at the end of the month.
All the teams City are due to play until Kompany returns will benefit from his absence but in a Premier League season where it’s not clear which side is going to dominate the title race, any advantage in the bigger matches could be vital.
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