Chelsea FC vs. Manchester City match preview
Chelsea FC welcome Manchester City on their 2021 game kick off on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge for a mouth-watering showdown.
Both teams have 26 points heading into their first match of the New Year, though the Citizens have two games at hand.
Chelsea’s last match of 2020 registered a 1-1 draw to Aston Villa, while Manchester City emerged with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Boxing Day.
The hosts have accrued 26 points in the 16 matches which have placed them in 6th position, while the visitors have 26 points with 14 games played sitting in 8 spot.
- Chelsea FC have won four times, drawn thrice, and suffered three defeats in their last ten matches in all competitions this season.
- The Blues have kept three clean sheets in their last ten matches in all competition this season.
- Manchester City has registered seven clean-sheets in their last nine matches in all competitions this season.
- The Citizens have won seven, drawn five times and suffered two losses in their last 14 Premier League matches.
- Pep Guardiola’s men have registered more than two goals in two of the last seven matches in all competition this season.
- Frank Lampard’s side have registered two away wins in their last five matches in all competition this season.
Chelsea FC vs. Manchester City Head to Head
Both teams have been tough opponents when they meet, they have had several encounters and the results go either way. The previous encounter, Chelsea took advantage of Guardiola’s side who played with ten men after Fernandinho was red-carded for a professional handball, the match ended 2-1 in favor of the Blues.
Chelsea FC Team News
Chelsea will miss the services of Reece James who is nursing a hamstring problem. Hakim Ziyech is back to full training but may not be risked.
Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are expected to deputize for Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma
Mateo Kovacic should also return to the midfield to stand in for Jorginho.
Manchester City Team News.
Walker and Jesus are still recovering from coronavirus, but Ederson confirmed on social media that he is self-isolating and is unlikely to feature.
Zack Steffen is set for his Premier League debut, while Eric Garcia – who is supposedly close to sealing a switch to Barcelona – is out nursing a leg injury.
Ilkay Gundogan picked an ankle injury against Newcastle, but he is optimistic over his chances of playing in coming games.
Chelsea FC vs. Manchester City Prediction.
City are aware that Sunday’s game represents one of the best chances they will get to overcome Chelsea on their own ground.
Lampard will be urging his side to kick off the New Year on the right foot after a dismal end to 2020, but you can’t look past City in their current form and expect a win for the visitors in their first match of 2021
Goals – Over 2.5
In numerous encounters between these teams, more than two goals have been produced and the same reflection is expected in this showdown.
Serie A Multi Bets
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Tip: Inter win / Over 2.5 / Both teams to score
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Tip: Napoli win / Over 2.5
Genoa – Lazio
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Tip: Juventus win / Over 2.5
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