Paul Merson predicts winner in Chelsea vs Manchester City clash

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Chelsea have a huge game this weekend as the Blues will play Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

Thomas Tuchel got the better of Pep Guardiola all three times they faced last season, even in the Champions League, and many are wondering if Tuchel’s winning run over Pep Guardiola will continue this season.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to win this game 2-1 based on home advantage as he admits it would be a difficult game.

According to Merson, City look weak without a striker.

Paul Merson said: “This is obviously a hard game to call. I said from day one that every game counts this season in the Premier League – I don’t see the top four teams losing 4-5 times over the course of 38 games. Chelsea played both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks and ripped both of them to shreds, so I think they will fancy their chances.

“Manchester City, on the other hand, have failed to score in two of their first five Premier League games, which is a bit worrying for a team of their caliber.

“I don’t usually bet against Manchester City because on their day, they blow teams away, but the fact that they don’t have a center forward is hurting them already. They are looking after Kevin De Bruyne and his ankle, but this is a game he should start.

“That said, Chelsea have home advantage and are coming on the back of two stunning results, so I fancy them to get the job done.”

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