Preview: Manchester City vs Chelsea
Manchester City entertain Chelsea in a top of the table clash at the Etihad on Saturday. The Blues have soared to the top of the table following seven wins on the trot, but the game against Guardiola’s men will be the toughest game they have played all season, with the Citizens playing a brand of football that has arrested a lot of people’s imagination.
City have won their last two games while Chelsea have won the last seven, though the Blues suffered consecutive 3-0 losses to City last season, though Antonio Conte’s men won 5-1 in the FA Cup last season, as City fielded a weakened side. Manchester City, though have drawn their last three home games in The Premier League.
John Terry is out for some weeks after picking up a muscular complaint in recent weeks. The likes of Loftus-Cheek and Mikel are also struggling with knocks picked up in the last two weeks and will both miss out. Diego Costa remains one booking away from an automatic suspension as he has picked up 4 yellow cards. For Manchester City, Raheem Sterling will pass a late fitness test as the likes of Gundogan, Silva and De Bruyne should all return after being rested for last weekend’s game against Burnley.
Chelsea have lost six of their last eight matches away at Manchester City, though the Blues did win courtesy of a solitary Ivanovic strike in 2014. The Blues have won at the ground 11 times in Premier League era. Chelsea lost 3-0 in the corresponding fixture last year, a game that stole headlines as Jose Mourinho decided to substitute John Terry at halftime.
Chelsea will need to watch out for Sergio Aguero. The 28 year old Argentine has scored four goals in his last two Premier League appearances against Chelsea. If Chelsea win, they will have equalled the record of 2010, as they won eight games on the trot.
The game will be a tight one, but both sides are evenly matched, so it could end in a 1-1 draw.