Match Preview: Manchester City vs Chelsea

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Manchester City will host current Premier League Champions Chelsea at home in Manchester this weekend in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will return to action having won the EFL Cup in their last match, winning comfortably 3-0 against Arsenal. With goals from club veterans Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Company, the team brushed aside the North London team. Such a dominant performance means that ‘the Citizens’ are the number 1 team in English football.

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Return to Winning Ways

Chelsea however will be looking to get back to winning ways having lost their previous match against Manchester United 2-1 having led the game 1-0. For the first half of the game, Chelsea dominated possession and the attacking play, even hitting the woodwork only for Manchester United to come back stronger and win with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard respectively.

Whilst Manchester City look like winning the league having created such a dominant season and being more than 10 points clear for the past several months, this match will still be important for both clubs. Pep Guardiola will want to win the league as soon as possible and therefore will want to get the three points. The team will also want to stamp their authority as the best in the league by beating the top teams. For Premier League betting then 888 sport have the best online platform.

Chelsea, on the other hand are fighting for a Champions League position with Liverpool and Tottenham also in the close running. With this Antonio Conte will want his team to perform and win to move close to finishing in the top 4.

Chelsea have a harder task in the Champions League having to go to the Nou Camp and beat Chelsea having conceded thew away goal at Stamford Bridge.

Team News

A big boost for Manchester City is the imminent return of  Raheem Sterling, who arguably has been their most improved player, scoring 20 goals and in the running with Mo Salah (Liverpool) for the golden boot.

With both teams still in the Champions League (Chelsea v Barcelona, Manchester City v Basel) a couple of key players could be rested but with the game being important this will be a minimal change from the best eleven.

In other Chelsea news,  Antonio Conte is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge to manage the Italian national team, reports the Guardian.

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