The fact that Manchester City played past Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League doesn’t give them an excuse if they lose to Chelsea on Sunday. The Citizens are flying high following a big win over Real and are fired up to close the Premiership title race in the shortest possible time. Chelsea is safe in the middle of the standings, trying to end this nightmare as soon as possible and start preparing for the next campaign.
Manchester City (-400) is on an 11-game winning stretch in the Premier League, going nearly six months without losing against league rivals. Pep Guardiola couldn’t be more proud of his unit, and he wants to crown this season with a Treble. Wednesday’s win over Real Madrid, 4-0, is the best possible display of their power.
Man City has won nine straight Premier League games since January 1st. Haaland, Silva, and the rest of Guardiola’s boys scored at least two goals in each of those triumphs, breaking numerous records, with Haaland leading the way in that category.
Throughout the whole season, City played with a lot of confidence at home, winning 16 of their first 18 games there while also tying twice and losing once. They only gave up 17 while scoring 59 goals, which was a league-high.
Chelsea(+900) have had one of their worst seasons in the new millennium. Early into the campaign, Roman Abramovich was compelled to quit the team, which was when the whole system collapsed. After that, the Blues and the new owners wasted a lot of money not getting any improvement, fired two managers (Tuchel and Potter), and ended up with a dismal record.
Frank Lampard came back to calm the situation and end the season. In some way, he managed to remove the tension and ease up the fans, who gave up on supporting their favorites, waiting for better times.
Chelsea has only one triumph in the recent ten games, with seven defeats and two ties. The Blues’ games have become efficient, with the last four each concluding with four or more goals and both teams scoring.
Nathan Ake is the only one who won’t be playing for the hosts.
Kante is questionable, for Chelsea, Kovacic, Chilwell, Cucurella, Mount, James, Koulibaly, and Broja are all out. As you can see, half of the starting lineup is out for Frank Lampard’s side.
Right now, Man City has five wins over Chelsea across all the competitions in the past two years. To make it even more painful for the boys from London, they couldn’t score a single goal during that span.
This year, Man City won on the road, 0-1, in the English Premier League, and after that, they beat the Blues in the FA Cup, 4-0 at home.
After 4-0 against Real Madrid, anything but a confident triumph against the Blues would be a sensation. Manchester City is on a rampage here, and all the pieces of the puzzle are falling into their place at the best possible moment. They have a chance to win the Treble, so expect to see them sharp and fired up against Chelsea, who is in crisis.
Pick: Manchester City -1.5 -110
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