Tomorrow’s tea time clash sees Chelsea host Manchester City in a top of table clash. City are top whilst Chelsea sit third and a home win will see Antonio Conte’s men move level with the Citizens on points, but behind on goal difference.
Both teams have been strong across the pitch so far compared to last season, when the Blues did the league double. The big question is, which blue club is rising best this time round?
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard could make his first league start after slowly coming back from injury in recent matches.
David Luiz remains out through suspension whilst Danny Drinkwater sits on sidelines with a calf injury.
Manchester City are missing in form striker, Sergio Aguero after he broke a rib in a car crash in Amsterdam.
Benjamin Mendy is out till April with an anterior cruciate ligament rupture.
Vincent Kompany joins Mendy in the medical department with a calf injury.
Since an opening day defeat, Chelsea have gone unbeaten in all competitions. Their last home game came ten days ago against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, when they ran out 5-1 winners laying a marker down for this blockbuster.
Manchester City are yet to lose a match but suffered a home draw last month against Everton.
This month however has seen them go unbeaten with six straight wins and scoring 24 goals. They however conceded in their last away game at West Brom in the Carabao Cup so could be vulnerable.
Pivotal first half
The opening 45 minutes looks set to be pivotal because Chelsea haven’t conceded in the second half at home. Likewise, City are yet to do the same away from the Etihad.
The Blues however has scored half of their goal tally in each half at Stamford Bridge so are capable of turning the magic on unexpectedly.
Man City’ Citizens however tend to score more of their away goals in the second half then the first (40 vs 60%).
There could well be several feisty duels in store if compare Chelsea’s home and Manchester City’s away stats for fouls, shots, on target and goals.
|Per game average||Chelsea (home)||Manchester City (away)|
|Shots on target||5.67||7.33|
Chelsea dominate fouls but look to be the most troubled side if those stats are anything to go by.
They going to have to be more disciplined because Pep Guardiola’s side look very deadly when it comes to their average number of shots in a match. Defence will be a particular area to watch out for given that they have had three red cards in their three home games.
That is one sending off per home game and can’t afford any here otherwise, they will be punished if City can convert their shots on target into goals.
Given their form and the fact that they have ripped many teams apart this month, I have to say Manchester City will win this.
Chelsea might be lucky to get one but it will be a comfortable win despite Aguero’s absence.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-3 Manchester City
Jake predicts: Chelsea 2-2 Manchester City
Result: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City