Chelsea being in third place on the table is a surprise this season. With a new manager and a transfer ban, the Blues were largely expected to struggle. In addition, losing Hazard during the summer transfer window was supposed to make them all the more weaker.
But Frank Lampard’s side has defied all odds so far this season. With 26 points from their opening 12 games in the league, they’re now ranked third, two places behind Liverpool and one place ahead of their next opponent, Manchester City.
Chelsea have been in tremendous form of late, losing just once in their last 10 games in all competitions. As they face Manchester City this weekend, they will have an eye on Champions League qualification while also hoping to increase the one-point lead they have over Pep Guardiola’s men.
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In the blue half of Manchester, it’s not business as usual. Although they are the highest scorers in the league so far – 35 goals in 12 games – they are in fourth. Not only are they behind Liverpool, they are also behind the season’s surprise packages, Leicester City and Chelsea.
Their loss to Liverpool has reduced their chances of defending a league title they’ve won twice in a row. They will be looking to bounce back to winning ways with a win over Chelsea.
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A Blue Record
2016 was the last time Chelsea defeated Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. It was the first and only time that Pep Guardiola was defeated at home by Chelsea in the league. Since then, it has been a fixture that has been dominated, largely by the home side.
In this case, Man. City is the home side. The last time they hosted Chelsea on home turf, it ended in a six-nil thrashing for the Blues. That they have scored an average of three goals per game this season suggests just how this game will play out.
Chelsea have scored an average of two goals per game this season.
Will both sides score in this game? Will there be over 2,5 goals scored?
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The Past versus the Present
When both sides clash this Saturday, it will be a meeting between a side that has history in its favor and another riding high on the waves of their fine current form.
For Man. City, it will be all about climbing back to second place and keeping up with the Reds. For Chelsea, it will be about keeping up the momentum and staking their claim for a top-four finish. At the end of 90 minutes, which of these two sides will come out on top?
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