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Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction for Chelsea’s Saturday lunchtime kick-off against Manchester City.
The game is expected to be a tough tie for two sides fighting for the Premier League title.
Lawrenson believes Chelsea have come a long way from the 3-1 defeat suffered last season when City scored three inside the first 45 minutes of the game.
Mark Lawrenson believes it would be a tight affair at Stamford Bridge this time around and is predicting a 1-1 draw.
The BBC pundit said: “The last time Manchester City went to Stamford Bridge, in January, they took Chelsea apart with three goals in the first 35 minutes, but that was before Thomas Tuchel took over and this is a very different Chelsea side now.
“The games between the big four – these two, plus Liverpool and Manchester United – are going to be so important this season. It seems pretty obvious they will end up clear of the rest, but in what order? These meetings, and their mini-league, will decide that.
“Chelsea are going very well and brushed Spurs aside in the second half on Sunday but I can’t see this being an open game, because neither manager will want to lose it.”
Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 1-1 draw.