Manchester City vs Chelsea preview

September 20, 2014
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Man City vs ChelseaPremier League holders Manchester City play host to current league leaders Chelsea in what should be a great game of football at the Etihad.

And with neither side exactly impressing in midweek, both teams will be out to make amends by winning this high-profile clash.

Manchester City have done really well on domestic stage of late, winning two of last three Premier League trophies and they obviously aim to continue in the same manner.

However, with the club unable to reach the final stages of the Champions League, it appears that Europe’s elite competition has a slight priority over the league campaign.

The new European season did not have a good start as Manchester City suffered a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich, conceding late into the game, but now it’s time to focus on the very important league clash against Chelsea.

The 1-0 defeat to the Blues was one of just two home setbacks throughout the previous league campaign for the Citizens, who are now 2.50 (3/2) favourites to emerge victorious.

Star striker Sergio Aguero will be recalled after he was rested in Munich and he can be backed at 2.50 (3/2) to add to his three league goals.

Stevan Jovetic and Fernando have failed to recover from injury, but Pablo Zabaleta is back from a European suspension and he will start.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Hart – Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy – Toure, Fernandinho – Navas, Silva, Nasri – Aguero.

Unlike their title rivals, Chelsea have enjoyed plenty of European success, but won their last league title in 2010, a barren run they aim to end this season.

Buoyed by the quality summer recruitment, the Blues enjoyed a bright start to the new season, winning all four league matches to climb to the top of the standings.

And while they were unable to defeat Schalke at the start of the Champions League group stages, Chelsea go into this game full of confidence, boasting a five-point cushion over Manchester City, who are their nearest title rivals in the league standings.

With Chelsea traditionally impressing in high-profile matches, especially under Jose Mourinho, you should know the Blues are 3.10 (21/10) to win at Etihad for the second time in a row.

Having scored 7 goals in his first 4 league fixtures, Diego Costa is no less than 2.62 (13/8) to score anytime against Manchester City.

The highly rated striker is set to be recalled, together with Oscar, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andre Schurrle as Mourinho looks to restore his strongest starting line-up.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Courtois – Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta – Fabregas, Matic – Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard – Diego Costa.

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