By far the biggest game of the weekend sees the two biggest blue sides in the country go head-to-head as Man City take on Chelsea.
City will be feeling good going in to the game as they currently sit top of the table, just a few weeks after facing the possibility that they could’ve gone 7 points behind Liverpool. The obvious upside for Liverpool is that they have a game in hand over their title rivals, so as long as they can turn around their recent run of draws and start picking up the full 3 points, they should be able to regain their lead at the top.
The Citizens will be coming in hot off the back of a 2-0 win against Everton in midweek. City pretty much dominated the whole game, with the first goal coming in the 2nd minute of extra time just before the break. A fantastic free kick from David Silva curled the ball perfectly into the box, and a great header from full-back Laporte looped over Jordan Pickford to give the visitors the lead. That’s how things stayed until deep into stoppage time when Gabriel Jesus was able to come out on top in a 1 on 1 with Pickford and secure the win for his team.
Chelsea on the other hand have had more than their fair share of ups and downs as of late. Most recently they demolished bottom side Huddersfield 5-0 in an extremely straight forward game for the Blues, but before that they suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to Bournemouth. Chelsea currently sit 4th in the table, but they are far from comfortable, Man United and Arsenal both only sit a few points behind the final Champions League spot and will be more than willing to snatch it away if they’re given the chance.
The last time the two teams faced off it ended in a 2-0 win for the London side, which was a major blow to City in the title fight. Goals from N’Golo Kanté and David Luiz took Chelsea to the win back in December, and they’ll be hoping they can pull out a similar result this time around.
Both Chelsea and Man City have got their own close battles to worry about as they head into Sunday’s game, and neither will be looking to help the other out. They’ve both shown that they’re more than capable of winning this season but also that they have their weaknesses. Both teams have lost games this season they really should’ve won, but a win on Sunday will go a long way in showing that they deserve to be where they are.
The game kicks off at 16:00 on Sunday 10th at the Etihad.