PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW

AUTHOR: Lewis Williams

STAR FOOTBALL PREVIEW Sat: Manchester City v Chelsea

Manchester City host Chelsea for a Saturday evening clash at the Etihad where a win would keep Pep’s Citizens on Liverpool’s heels with a third of the season to go, writes LEWIS WILLIAMS.

The predictions that Man City would step up a gear after the New Year and heading into the spring have proven to be spot on with all 7 matches in 2024 being masterfully won.

They currently sit 5 points behind leaders Liverpool after their win at Brentford this afternoon but could keep on the tail of Liverpool with a win tonight.

The inevitable Erling Haaland is still perched at the top of the goal scoring table despite having nearly 2 months off due to injury and the return of Kevin De Bruyne to the starting lineup after missing the first half of the season is proving to be the final part of an unbeatable formula for Pep’s dynasty and his 5 goal contributions in as many games proves that as much.

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MANCHESTER CITY V CHELSEA
Premier League
Etihad Stadium
17.30 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches – 10 years)
NOV 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 4-4 Man City
MAY 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 1-0 Chelsea
JAN 2023 FA CUP Man City 4-0 Chelsea
JAN 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-1 Man City
NOV 2022 EFL CUP Man City 2-0 Chelsea
JAN 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 1-0 Chelsea
NOV 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-1 Man City
MAY 2021 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Man City 0-1 Chelsea
MAY 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 1-2 Chelsea
APR 2021 FA CUP Chelsea 1-0 Man City

However, despite the positive position that City find themselves in holistically, they have conceded more goals than both Arsenal and Liverpool this season and have sometimes taken a while to get going.

They have failed to keep a clean sheet in three out of their last four games, conceding against Copenhagen, Brentford, and Burnley in the last three weeks and prior to that let in two goals against Newcastle in a thriller.

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Chelsea arrive in Manchester after two successive 3-1 victories that have come in different fashions. Despite a blip against Wolves where they still recorded plenty of Expected Goals but conceded 4 of them, they put up a sublime performance against Aston Villa before a slow start at Selhurst Park but fought back with three goals in the second half.

Those results have eased talk regarding Pochettino’s role at Chelsea and he’s taken a hike in the market accordingly to be the next manager to leave.

Conor Gallagher seems to be at the top of his game lately with three goals in two games and was the recipient of two separate balls that led to goals against his old club at Selhurst Park. Enzo Fernandez is also potentially finally finding his feet and games like tonight’s in Manchester could be the moment that partially justifies his 121 million Euro price tag.

VERDICT
Proven slow starters Manchester City are on the skinny side at 1/3 and despite Chelsea’s scary inconsistency and knack for conceding goals lately, their spontaneous free-flowing attacks can certainly pose a threat against a vulnerable Manchester City defence so I’m backing over 1.5 away goals at 12/5 with starsports.bet

LEWIS WILLIAMS


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