Chelsea vs Manchester City
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 3 January 2021
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have built an unwanted reputation that they are currently a minnow-bully. Almost all of their wins this season in the league had come against the worst teams, while they failed to perform against the top-rated squads.
Note that they even lost against the struggling Arsenal, who were just above the relegation cut-off then.
Suffice it to say that they are under enormous pressure this Sunday, especially since they are taking on the reinvigorated Citizens.
As of now, Pep Guardiola’s men have two games in hand, and they are trailing by just seven points behind toppers Liverpool.
Moreover, defending champions the Reds have dropped points in three of their past five league fixtures, and this feels like the right time for Pep’s men to make the move to get to the top of the standings.
Moreover, in recent years, the Citizens also have a great h2h record against this rival.
For the reasons, expect Manchester City to have the edge this weekend at the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Head-to-head (h2h)
- Guardiola’s men had recorded 14 of the preceding 21 overall wins.
- They had recorded a massive 6-0 win just the last year.
- The latest clash at this stadium had ended in a 2-1 win for the hosts.
- Only once have the visitors failed to score at this venue since 2012.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Prediction
Frank Lampard’s men were held to a 1-1 draw the last match-day at home, by Aston Villa. In the meantime, the Citizens recorded a 2-0 win at home the past game week, against Newcastle.
Going on, the Blues had lost three of their preceding five overall match-ups, and they were winless in five of their former six fixtures as well. Also their seven total league wins this season had come against teams placed 10th or lower in the table at the moment, and four of these had come against teams placed 15th or lower.
On the other hand, their counterparts are on a three-fixture winning run, and they had also won 13 of their past 20 overall match-ups. In fact, their only defeat in the past three months had come against Tottenham – who were in killer form then.
Note that the loss against Spurs was also their only one since July as well.
Finally, Pep’s men also have a great h2h record against this foe over the recent years, including a 6-0 drubbing the past year.
Considering these observations, expect a comfortable win for Manchester City this Sunday.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Betting Tips
Manchester City +0.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.44 (4/9)
Manchester City to Win Either Half @ 1.67 (2/3).