Chelsea - Manchester City prediction
One of the great derbies of English football will be played on Thursday night at Stamford Bridge in London.
Both Chelsea and Manchester City have shown fluctuations in their performances in the last round of the Premier League.
Therefore, they cannot afford to drop any more points now.
Chelsea are in danger of missing out on European football altogether next season.
If he fails to significantly improve his performance in the coming weeks.
While Man City have built up a serious gap in the title race to Arsenal.
So any wrong step from here till the end would be fatal for them.
In my opinion, it is perfectly logical to expect the Citizens not to lose this game.
As it is very likely that they will win it against the background of the poor results of the Londoners (1-1-3) in the last rounds.
On the other hand, the previous 4 direct matches between these teams ended with less than 3 goals .
As even in 3 of them there was only one hit.
And Manchester City have won the last 3 of them.
Chelsea - statistics and info
Chelsea's poor form also showed in the New Year as they could only manage a 1-1 draw against lowly Nottingham.
Although they did take the lead with Raheem Sterling's first Premier League goal since August.
But they were outplayed in the second half and saw Forest deservedly equalize through Serge Aurier.
The Londoners certainly had the chance to take over the game after Sterling's early opener.
But they failed to take advantage. And in the end, they might have been lucky to walk away with a point.
The Blues have thus made it four games without a win away from home in all competitions.
Manager Graham Potter said:
"Overall the game was controlled by us in the first half, but I don't think we did well enough."
Our level wasn't good , we didn't move fast enough, we didn't have enough movement."
A lot of work is expected at Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.
As Potter attempts to reformat his squad in an attempt to revive his side's Top 4 chances.
However, at home, Chelsea have been solid, conceding just 6 goals in 7 Premier League games here this season.
Manchester City - statistics and info
Manchester City failed to please their fans on New Year's Eve.
When they only managed a 1-1 draw at home to a Premier League survival Everton side.
The Caramels' game plan let Man City down in a generally lackluster game filled with plenty of fouls.
And Demarai Gray with a stunning goal erased the lead of the Sky Blues, which came after Erling Haaland's on-duty goal .
This result was particularly disappointing given the upcoming programme.
As the defending champions will play Man United away and Tottenham at home until the end of January.
Pep Guardiola comments on these upcoming matches:
"This is good. Listen, in the Premier League you play with all the teams.
We try to improve, get better and go out there to win the games.”
Certainly his "citizens" need psychological support from him right now.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineups: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Coulibaly, Cucurella; Kovacic, Zakaria; Sterling, Mount, Pulisic; Aubameyang
Injured: Kante, Broja, James, Fofana, Mendy (questionable)
Lineups: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Akanji, Cancelo; Gundogan, Rodry, De Bruyne; Silva, Haaland, Foden
Injured: Laporte, Diaz
Matches between Chelsea and Man City
|KL||09/11/22||Man City 2:0 Chelsea|
|VL||15/01/22||Man City 1:0 Chelsea|
|VL||25/09/21||Chelsea 0:1 Man City|
|ШЛ||29/05/21||Man City 0:1 Chelsea|
|VL||08/05/21||Man City 1:2 Chelsea|
|KA||17/04/21||Chelsea 1:0 Man City|
League standings and form