Chelsea will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host Manchester City on Saturday, a tricky tie for Sarri’s blues in a period when the Stanford Bridge side just conceded a disappointing loss to Wolverhampton.
The Sarri led Blues generally need to make amends after the disappointing 2-1 loss in the midweek but to have Guardiola’s men as your next game can’t be too nice for Chelsea, but that is football.
Manchester City continued their unbeaten run in the midweek,edging Watford by 2-1 and have already qualified for the Champions League round of 16 with one game to spare.
The premier league champions’ only league game without a goal was with Liverpool at Anfield, and this speaks volume of the Manchester side that are unbeaten in the premier league. However, Chelsea remains one of the major threats to the citizens unbeaten run and could likely pose a serious challenge to the reigning champions.
Manchester City were victors across the two legs of this fixture last term with a 1-0 score line in both and also reinforced their supremacy when they beat Chelsea 2-0 in the Community Shield as an opener of the 2018/2019 season.
In the last 34 meetings, Chelsea have won 16 times, Man City won 14 times and the tie has ended in 4 stalemates.
Based on personal opinion, it will take a lot of defensive discipline, closed up midfield and apt resourcefulness in the attack to avoid a defeat against the citizens. The Blues have not shown these attributes in recent times but big games are big games.
Meanwhile, considering current form, one would be quick to pick City as the favorite for this game, but with another look at the latest background of Chelsea’s performance, the expectations look more to the side of the host than the visitors.
Verdict: Chelsea 2- 3 Manchester City