MATCH PREVIEW: CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER CITY

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Kick Off: Wednesday, April 5, 2017. 19:00 GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge

 

It’s a huge top of the table clash between Chelsea and Manchester City, and this game is important for Chelsea in the title race and City in their quest for Champions League football.

Chelsea are top of the table with 69 points from 29 games, while City are 4th with 58 points from 29 games. 11 points separate the two sides.

Both Chelsea and City dropped points in their last game; Chelsea lost to Crystal Palace 2-1, while City drew 2-2 with Arsenal.

In the last six league games, Chelsea have won four, drawn one and lost one. While for City, it has been three draws and three wins. Manchester City have drawn their last three league games, as Pep Guardiola’s men are struggling for form.

In the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium, Chelsea came from behind to beat City 3-1.

Chelsea struggled in the Premier League last season, and Manchester City defeated Chelsea 3-0 both at home and away.

In the last six league meetings between Chelsea and Manchester City, the Blues have won three, City have won two and one ended in a draw.

Manchester City have only beaten Chelsea twice at Stamford Bridge in the last 19 games.

Chelsea vs Manchester City have been a feisty one in recent times. There have been four red cards in the last five league meetings between these sides, with three being shown to City players.

Chelsea haven’t lost back-to-back Premier League games at Stamford Bridge since November 2011, when Andre Villas-Boas’ side were defeated by Arsenal and then Liverpool.

There’s work to be done in Chelsea’s defence, as the Blues have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 league games – having recorded 10 shut-outs in the previous 12 matches.

City are unbeaten in eight league games, their longest such run under Pep Guardiola – although half of those matches have been draws.

You’d expect Chelsea to score a goal as the Blues have scored in 24 of their 25 Premier League home matches since Jose Mourinho left in 2015.

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.