Chelsea vs Manchester City
Chelsea will face Manchester City in Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.
After 15 rounds Chelsea are 4th in the table, while Manchester City are the leaders. The difference between them is 10 points and it looks like it is going to rise even more with the progress of the season. In the last round Chelsea suffered a real shock after they lost against Wolverhampton 2:1 having the lead. It happened just for 4 minutes during the 2nd half after an excellent start of the match by Chelsea. I started to convince myself even more that Maurizio Sarri is not the right coach for this team. I really can not imagine how Chelsea midfielders will stop City taking the control of the match, having the possession and creating chances one by one. In the start of the season at Wembley we saw how big was the difference between these two clubs after City won with 2:0. Last season pep Guardiola also won twice against Chelsea with 1:0, so it's obvious he knows the right answers how to stop Chelsea.
Chelsea have obvious problems in midfield- to rely on Loftus-Cheek so much, Kante is in big crisis wirh Sarri right now, Chelsea fans know Hazard is the main creator of everything dangerous but don't like the fact he doesn't gve his best, maybe thinking about possible transfer in Real Madrid even during the winter break. In attack is a real mess with Giroud and Morata, both of them absolutely not reliable options, while Kepa Arrizabalaga is also not well adapted on the sheet. In the last round against the Wolves the first goal happened because of his mistake. Such mistakes against City will be also punished for sure. Only Victor Moses is doubtful for their team.
In the last round City faced Watford as guests and they were playing with no more than 30-40% of their max level as performance. Still they got the lead, double it and had chances to make it even bugger but Mahrez and Jesus were twice stopped by Watford's GK. Well, the result was reduced in the end for the final 1:2, but still these were important three points for City. Against Chelsea I expect another dominant performance by City and another minimal win for them. They will miss almost for sure Sergio Aguero who is their main goalscorer against Chelsea in the recent games, together with KDB, Mendy, Mangala and Bravo. It depends on Pep what forwards will be used, but I really prefer to see Sane, Sterling and Mahrez with Sterling as a "striker". Jesus is not is form right now, so it's better maybe to be on the bench. Midfield line with David and Bernardo Silva+Fernandinho is dominant enough to create a lot of chances for fast and young players like these three City forwards.
I can not see how Chelsea will resist against Manchester City. I think even Sarri realizes how far is his team as quality and current form in comparison with City. For me only Liverpool with Klopp is good enough to conquer them during this season. I will pick City to win in this game without a doubt, maybe another close match and minimal win, but still priceless three points for City in the title race.
Chelsea vs Manchester City prediction
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