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Chelsea have a difficult away tie at Manchester City on Sunday as Pep Guardiola’s men host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson believes City will carry the day and backed the Manchester club to win 2-0.

He told BBC Sport ahead of the game: “I was at Old Trafford last weekend to watch Chelsea’s game against Manchester United and, for half an hour, Chelsea were very good.

“Eden Hazard was dangerous and Willian was outstanding, but they quickly fell away and the second half was very different.

I have also never seen a centre-forward fall over so much without any contact as Blues striker Alvaro Morata did. It was incredible – and exasperating – to watch.

I backed Manchester United to win that game because you cannot rely on Chelsea anymore, and the same goes when they face City at Etihad Stadium too.

Antonio Conte’s team did not look great defensively and I don’t think Thibaut Courtois looking like the outstanding and commanding goalkeeper he can be, either.

That does not bode well for a trip to the Etihad.

Manchester City have their first trophy in the bag after winning the Carabao Cup and I think it will kick them on as they look to secure more.

They are playing Arsenal and Chelsea in the space of three days yet they are so far ahead in the title race that it does not feel like they are under any pressure.

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