Chelsea vs Manchester City: “Pep Guardiola’s side is the best team in Europe” said Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. After losing to Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Londoners will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to beat the blue side of Manchester. Chelsea who were unbeaten until a couple of weeks ago are now 10 points adrift of the league leaders. A significant gap as far as the race to the title is concerned. Chelsea are still title contenders & to beat them at the Bridge isn’t easy whatsoever – even for a squad like Manchester City. At 31 points after 15 game weeks, a goal difference of +4 separates the two Premier League giants, Chelsea & Arsenal. Their London rivals Tottenham are just 2 points ahead with 33 league points.
Chelsea have the squad to topple even the best & Manchester City will be privy to that piece of trivia. In Eden Hazard, they have the best player in the league, In N’golo Kante they have the best defensive midfielder in the world & Kepa Arrizabalaga has already made a bright impression. However, Chelsea’s volatility is by far their only frailty & that has cost them 6 important points. The two defeats in the last three games is certainly an alarming call for the 5-time champions. As the business end of the season approaches, Sarri ball has to drop & drop now.
Manchester City, on the other hand, are cruising. They’ve dropped only 4 points this season & with Liverpool, are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League. Pundits have lauded their performances & few have even envisaged an invincible season for Pep Guardiola’s side. Kevin de Bruyne’s absence hasn’t slowed them down & the likes of Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva & Riyad Mahrez have come up with inspirational displays when the team needed them the most. How many more games, before City drop points or is this ‘the game’ where the champions go down.
The Battle of the Blues is all set to get underway as two masterminds of the beautiful game go up against each other. Play Chelsea vs Manchester City on FanFight & win cash. Weekend fantasy football on the finest fantasy sports portal.
Venue: Stamford Bridge, Chelsea
Kick-Off: 11:00 pm, IST
Chelsea will have a lot of changes for this fixture. The likes of David Luiz, Jorginho, Olivier Giroud & Pedro are likely to return to the starting eleven. Ruben Loftus-Cheek had an impressive outing in the previous game against the Wolves but Ross Barkley or Mateo Kovacic are favourites to complete the Chelsea midfield.
Sergio Aguero has been declared unfit for the Chelsea encounter. Benjamin Mendy, De Bruyne, Claudio Bravo, Eliaquim Mangala complete the injured list. Oleksandr Zinchenko will make way for Fabian Delph at left-back.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Kepa Arrizabalaga(gk), Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, N’golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Olivier Giroud
Ederson(gk), Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Raheem Sterling is hot property at the moment in the Premier League & the English international just can’t stop scoring. Ever since, the heated discussion between Pep & Raheem on the training ground on how to receive the ball & move forward, Sterling has hit a new gear. He always had the pace but he’s upped his game with intricate passing & sensible dribbling. The ball seems to have formed a covalent bond with his boots and at his pacy best, the opponents can only watch him glide. He’ll be the player to watch out for.
Premier League 2018/19 – Minutes: 1024, Goals: 8, Assists: 7
If Eden Hazard starts, he’s the best player on the pitch – Period. The Belgian is one of the finest in the world & with him in Chelsea’s midfield, City have an ominous opposition to defend. Hazard has been involved in 13 goals this season & has looked at his delightful best. While the rest of the squad looked appallingly mediocre in the previous game, Hazard was the only bright light in a rather dark tunnel. Manchester City, be very scared.
Premier League 2018/19 – Minutes: 1052, Goals: 7, Assists: 6
There’s very little to choose between the two but who will come out to be the top performer?
FANFIGHT FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAMS FOR CHELSEA vs MANCHESTER CITY
Chelsea have won two of their last three home games against Manchester City. However, they were beaten in both the home & away games last season by the same scoreline. 1-0. De Bruyne & Bernardo Silva the scorers for City.
This is the 161st meeting between the two sides & City have never won 4 games in a row against Chelsea.
Maurizio Sarri hasn’t lost two consecutive games as a manager since October 2016. The last time he lost two games in a row was against Atlanta & Roma in Italy’s Serie A.
Leroy Sane has scored six & assisted five in the 8 games he’s started for City.
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