Premier League

Chelsea vs Manchester City: Match Preview- 8th December

Chelsea come into this game low in confidence after their shock 2-1 loss midweek against Wolves at the Molineux.

They will be looking to shock the Champions when they host them at Stamford Bridge this Saturday in the late kickoff.

Chelsea will be happy to be playing Manchester City at home, as their home record is much better at this moment then their away record. If this game was at the Etihad Stadium, it would be less likely that Chelsea would take anything off City, due to City’s home form being so good, and the Blues having a recent poor run away from home in the Premier League.

Chelsea have lost their last 2 away games in the Premier League- away to Tottenham  and Wolves.

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On the Other hand, Manchester City come into this game on the good form, on the back of their tight 2-1 away win against Watford.

City will be looking to maintain their 2 point gap over Liverpool over the weekend with a win at Stamford Bridge.  Chelsea, however, will be looking to maintain their place in the top 4 with a surprise win against the title favourites.

Liverpool will also be looking for a favour from Chelsea to take points off City, to help them in the title race.

Recent form in Premier League

Chelsea- W/D/L/W/L

Manchester City-  W/W/W/W/W

Team News

Chelsea

Chelsea pair Jorginho and David Luiz were unused substitutes for the midweek defeat by Wolves and are expected to be recalled on Saturday.

Ross Barkley is back in contention after an ankle injury.

Manchester City

Manchester City’s record scorer Sergio Aguero will miss a third successive game because of muscle tightness.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is also a doubt due to a facial injury, while the match comes too soon for playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

Predicted Line-ups

Chelsea predicted 11-  Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard

Manchester City predicted 11-  Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho, Bernardo; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Manager comments

Chelsea- Manager: Maurizio Sarri 

“I knew very well that sooner or later we have to face difficulties. When you change the way of playing, the way of football, you need to change the mentality.

“You need to change the mentality in 25 minds, so it’s not a short way. It’s very difficult.

“We have a problem to manage the match at the moment. In the last two matches we played well for 55, 60 minutes, then the first difficulty we went in blackout. We didn’t react as a team, but as 11 players – in 11 different ways. So it’s a big problem.”

Maurizio Sarri’s press conference round up- Credit: @NizaarKinsella

Sarri press conference ahead of City:

  1. No injuries at all for Chelsea
  2. #MCFC might be the best team in Europe
  3. #CFC need more leadership as they “lack determination”
  4. Admits Alonso not playing well but insists he isn’t tired, likes his set-pieces
  5. Emerson could replace him

Manchester City- Manager: Pep Guardiola 

“Tomorrow is another huge demanding test for us. How will they react after losing? I can imagine how intense, committed they will be.

“I have been to Stamford Bridge many times and I have won once, last season; always I lose there. They are a good side, a really good team. When you see the XI and the people on the bench, they are a real contender.”

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Head-to-Head record

These two sides have met 158 times in all competitions with Chelsea surprisingly having the better head to head record out of the two sides. Chelsea have won 64 times against Manchester City over the years. Whereas, City have only beaten Chelsea 55 times. There have been 39 draws between these two clubs in all competitions.

Previous encounters between the two sides

This will be the second time that these two sides have met this season, having also faced off in the Community Shield in August. Man City ran out 2-0 winners at Wembley courtesy of Aguero’s brace.

Indeed, City have won each of the last three contests against Chelsea – including 1-0 triumphs home and away last season – and could record four successive victories against the West Londoners for the first time in their history this weekend.

Chelsea have lost two of their last three home Premier League games against City – the same amount as they suffered in their first 18 such matches against them in the competition – and another defeat on Saturday would consign them to back-to-back top-flight home defeats at the hands of City for the first time since January 1955.

Betting Odds/My Prediction

Unsurprisingly, Bet 356  have made Manchester City favourites to pick up a win at Stamford Bridge this Saturday with a City winning being priced at 19/20. A draw between these two sides is being priced at 14/6, and a Chelsea win is being priced at 3/1.

My realistic prediction for this game is a 1-3 Manchester City win. Manchester City looks unstoppable this season and I think that they will be too much for Chelsea. They will most likely expose Chelsea’s weaknesses in defence like Tottenham did recently in their 3-1 over Chelsea.

However, my Optimistic prediction for this game is a 2-2 draw. There’s no explanation for this… just hope!

By Danyal Khan

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