In the championship match in England on January 5, the “Pensioners” will test the strength of the “Citizens”. What to expect from the duel and what is the best bet, according to our experts?
Chelsea face their most formidable opponent today, and this game will be the first before Sunday’s FA Cup clash at the Etihad. In their last game, the Blues lost league points against Nottingham Forest (1-1), which left the team in an unfamiliar position. Through 16 games, the London side have recorded seven wins and four draws, corresponding to 25 points and 10th place in the standings.
After the break for the World Cup in Qatar, the hosts managed to beat Bournemouth (2-0). It is impossible not to mention the terribly weak performance in the attack, which differed only 20 times. Graham Potter’s side are in their worst position after 16 games since the 2015/16 season, when London finished 10th overall. In addition, Potter has won just one of the last eight face-offs against Pep Guardiola, which will only add to Chelsea’s desire to rehabilitate.
Mendy, Loftus Cheek, Chillwell, Kante, James, Fofana and Brodja, who has a knee injury, will not be able to help the team today.
The Citisens, too, had a shocking 1-1 draw with Everton in their previous game. This disappointed Guardiola, who stated that the Toffees played “above par”. This result has led to a gap from the leader already as much as seven points, and only Liverpool failed to win the title in the 2018/19 season after being seven points behind on New Year’s Eve.
Nevertheless, it was City’s team under Pep Guardiola that achieved this cumulative 2018/19 season, something he will be sure to remind his players of in the run-up to this trip, a trip they should approach with confidence after having suffered defeat just once in their last 25 Premier League away games. In 16 rounds, the guests have 11 victories and three peaceful outcomes, which correspond to 36 points and the second position in the standings. The attacking line looks traditionally strong, as it has differed 44 times. On December 28, “Heavenly” easily defeated “Leeds” (3-1) on the road.
Alvarez, LaPorte, Mendy and Diaz, who has a thigh injury, will not be able to take to the pitch today.
In this duel, we expect the traditional scenario of head-to-head games. Both clubs will play as actively as possible on offense, which could result in an abundance of scoring chances. We believe that the class and experience of the players will allow the teams to please not only created moments, but also scored goals, which is the main bet.
Most likely, there will not be a draw in this game. We believe that the game will be an abundance of attacks, with Chelsea with the support of the stands will be stronger, because we know that the Blues can come together for an important duel, which we expect today.