Man City v Chelsea
Sunday, Mar 04 – 16:00
Man City followed up their impressive 3-0 Carabao Cup final win over Arsenal, by beating the Gunners 3-0 again in the league on Thursday night. The match at the Emirates was an absolute masterclass in attacking football, and a win today would pretty much guarantee Pep Guardiola his first Premier League title. Once the title is wrapped up, Guardiola can begin to rotate his squad and prepare for a successful run in the Champions League, so expect City to be at their very best again this afternoon. The Citizens sit top of the leaderboard on 75 points – 16 points above second placed Man United.
Chelsea lost 2-1 to Manchester United last weekend, and manager Antonio Conte admitted in his post-match interview that his forwards needed to be more clinical. The result saw Chelsea drop to fifth on the leaderboard, with a two point gap between themselves and the Top 4. Another loss today could see their hopes of finishing in the Champions League places take a drastic turn for the worse. Brazilian winger Willian has been the stand out player for the Blues over the last few fixtures, so keep an eye on him today.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Man City won 1-0 in the reverse fixture last September, they have only ever done the league double over Chelsea twice in the Premier League era (2009/10 and 2015/16).
- Chelsea won 3-1 in this fixture last season – they have not won consecutive matches at the Etihad since 2008.
- The Citizens have only won one of their last four matches at home against Chelsea (D1 L2) – their only win coming in August 2015.
- Pep Guardiola’s side have won each of their last 13 home games in the Premier League – scoring at least two goals in each match.
- The Blues have lost three of their last four matches in the Premier League – the same amount as in their previous 23.
- Antonio Conte’s side have lost each of their last two matches away from home in the Premier League – the last time they lost three consecutive away games was back in March 2013.
- Chelsea have managed to win each of their last three away games against sides at the top of the Premier League table.
- Sergio Aguero has found the back of the net five times in his last four matches against Chelsea in the Premier League.
- Eden Hazard has been involved in eight goals over his last seven competitive matches against Man City (four goals, four assists).
Man City were excellent in the reverse fixture. Beating the reigning champions 1-0 at Stamford Bridge was their first big step towards the title, and they have only improved as the season has progressed. This is a huge game for Chelsea, as another loss could see them fall out of contention for the Top 4. Whether Antonio Conte will set his side up to play reactive, counter attacking football remains to be seen, but if Chelsea manage to create chances, you can guarantee Willian will be involved – he’s in outstanding form at the moment.