The Football Manager series is widely regarded as the world's most realistic football management sim. Last week its comprehensive game engine successfully predicted Arsenal would beat Spurs in the recent North London derby.

This week we are using the Football Manager engine again - this time to see what MIGHT happen in Sunday's big game against Chelsea.

We made some assumptions about the two teams and the tactics they MIGHT adopt and then let the game run. It produced a very INTERESTING result. Below is a short match report of how the virtual simulation unfolded. Will Football Manager 2007 be proved right? We'll find out on Sunday afternoon.

Football Manager 2007 - Chelsea v Arsenal - match report:

Emmanuel Adebayor got Arsenal off to the perfect start with a goal after just four minutes. Former Gunner Ashley Cole conceded a free kick on the left, Robin van Persie curled a perfect delivery towards the near post and Adebayor beat his marker to head powerfully past Carlo Cudicini. 1-0 to Arsenal!

That silenced the home fans and there was more woe for Chelsea when Andrei Shevchenko limped off with an ankle injury after 18 minutes. The Ukrainian had started brightly and looked dangerous.  

Chelsea pressed forward after the break, but they were hit by a sucker-punch just after the hour mark. Freddie Ljungberg's clever pass released Van Persie down the left and the Dutchman's precise cross was nodded in by Adebayor. Two for the Togolese striker - and two for Arsenal.

Frank Lampard went agonisingly close to reducing the deficit with 14 minutes left but his fiercely-struck free kick rebounded off the far post with Jens Lehmann well beaten. A goal then would have set up a grandstand finish but Arsenal held out to record a fine 2-0 victory. 

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Did you know that Football Manager 2007 for the Xbox 360 and Football Manager Handheld 2007 for PSP are both out now!

Football Manager Handheld 2007 sees many new features added making it easier to use, navigate and control. Taking a huge step forward with the inclusion of such features as international management and multiple scouts, there are now many new leagues from across the world to choose from including Portugal and Australian leagues. Network play has also been included in Football Manager Handheld 2007 and players can now play friendly matches against their friends or compete with strangers via wifi.

The Xbox 360 version of Football Manager 2007 makes a dash forward from the previous Xbox 360 version with new features including Xbox Liveâ"¢ Vision camera support, an Xbox Liveâ"¢ "Fantasy Draft" mode. There are 50 achievements that will challenge both new and old players of the series and most importantly, an easier to use control system making the overall game much easier to play.

 

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