After losing to Wolves earlier this week, Chelsea are facing arguably the strongest team in the Premier League. The table leaders, Manchester City are coming to the Stamford Bridge eager to get all three points and stay on the top of the table. But, when these two play, anything can happen. And that’s why you ought to read this Chelsea vs Manchester City prediction & betting tips before putting any money on this match.
The Blues are still in the top 4, but their chances of winning the Premier League do not seem very good anymore. In fact, right now, they have 10 points less than Manchester City. Sure, winning the Saturday’s duel would get them back in the title race, but there are few other teams that have basically the same intention.
Nevertheless, Chelsea need to do well in this game. Apart from grabbing points, they also need a good performance on weekend in order to get their confidence back after losing to Wolves on Wednesday evening.
What happened in that game? Well, although they had a lead at the half time, the Blues gambled their lead and lost 2:1. One of the reasons is that they didn’t play with their best XI in that match. Fabregas and Loftus-Cheek featured in the middle of the pitch and although the two played well offensively, creating chances for their team, they were a bit sluggish defensively.
This time, though, I’m sure Chelsea manager will pick his best possible team. And considering that they have no serious injury worries among their key men, we should see Chelsea performing at a much higher level. The question is will that be enough for them to do well against one of the best teams on the planet?
Unlike Chelsea, who are almost completely injury-free, Man City do have a couple of concerns. Still, this team is famous for having an incredibly strong bench, so even if some of their key men isn’t fit, Pep Guardiola will have no problems finding replacements.
And that’s been the key to their success this season in the Premier League. This team is still without a single defeat this season, winning 13 and playing draw on 2 occasions. And those draws happened a long time ago. Actually, the last time, they failed to win in the Premier League was in the first week of October, when they played a goalless draw with Liverpool at the Old Trafford.
The most impressive fact about Man City is that their recent run of 7 wins in a row came with a total goal difference of 24:4. They really look unstoppable at the moment, but maybe they’ll get scared of the noise coming from the stands of Chelsea’s stadium? Seems unlikely, because man City have won 3 out of 4 previous matches they played against the Blues at the Stamford Bridge.
- Ross Barkley (doubtful)
- Victor Moses (doubtful)
Manchester City absentees:
- Eliaquim Mangala (injury)
- Benjamin Mendy (injury)
- Oleksandr Zinchenko (injury)
- Kevin De Bruyne (doubtful)
- Sergio Aguero (doubtful)
Kepa – Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Alonso – Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic – William, Hazard, Giroud
Ederson – Laporte, Otamendi, Danilo, Delph – Fernandinho, David Silva, Bernardo Silva – Sterling, Sane, Jesus
Chelsea vs Manchester City Prediction
Manchester City are the favorites here considering their recent run and the fact that they have a fabulous squad. Still, I don’t think they’re going to have a field day at the Stamford Bridge. In fact, I doubt they’re gonna win it. Instead, I think we’re gonna see a draw here.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Betting Tips
- Draw @3.80 (bet365)
- BTS @1.57 (Unibet)