English Premier League preview: Manchester City vs Chelsea – Etihad Stadium – Sunday, February 10, 2019 – 16.00 hrs GMT
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Manchester City vs Chelsea Predictions
Correct Score predictions for the 10/02/2019 Manchester City vs Chelsea Premier League match.
* The Manchester City vs Chelsea odds are taken from online bookmaker Betfred and were correct as of 08/02/2019 – subject to change.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Where To Watch
TV Channel: SKY Sports Premier League
When Is Kick Off?: Sunday 10th February
What Time Is Kick Off?: 16:00 GMT
Where Is It Played?: Etihad Stadium
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Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview
Manchester City leapt to the top of the Premier League table, beating Everton 0-2, but have played a match more than other teams. The 62 points Pep Guardiola's men have garnered from their 26 outings is equal to that of Liverpool who just need a win or even a draw against Bournemouth at Anfield on Sunday to go back to the top.
Chelsea, on the other hand, seem to have been fired up by the arrival of AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, pulverizing a hapless Huddersfield Town 5-0 last Saturday. A much tougher test awaits Maurizio Sarri's Blues when they visit the Etihad stadium on February 10th for a critical Premier League clash.
After a 1-2 aberration against Newcastle at St. James Park, City have got their act together, dispatching off Arsenal and Everton in quick succession. They are currently looking very much their dangerous selves with Sergie Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne combining beautifully.
The Chelsea defense that crumbled totally in the games against Arsenal and Bournemouth, conceding a combined tally of 6 goals there, will be under serious pressure at the Etihad. The big win over Huddersfield should offer no consolation for the Blues as the Yorkshire club are genuine pushovers, languishing at the bottom of the table.
Chelsea fans are hoping that the newly-arrived Higuain will combine well with Eden Hazard upfront and give the much-needed scoring impetus they need in big games. Before the win over Huddersfield, Chelsea have scored just twice from the four games they played in 2019.
Higuain is particularly a Sarri favourite and had amassed 36 goals for Napoli in the 2015-16 Serie A season under the Italian manager.
As far Man City injuries go, Benjamin Mendy could be gearing to face Chelsea after returning from a knee injury. Captain Vincent Kompany is still out, while Claudio Bravo (Achilles) is a long-term absentee. Leroy Sane should return after being rested for most of the game against Everton.
The City starting line-up could thus look like this: Ederson (goal), Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte, Danilo; Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva; Raheem Sterling, Sergie Aguero, Leroy Sane
Chelsea's probable starting XI: Kepa Arrizabalaga (goal), Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Anthony Rudiger, David Alonso, Jorginho, N'GoloKante, Mateo Kovacic, Willian, Gonazalo Higuain, Eden Hazard
City are strong favourites to win Sunday evening's clash at the Etihad and bookmaker's odds seem to suggest just that.
Man City win: 40/85
Chelsea win: 11/2
The Blues face the prospect of slipping out of the Top Four what with Manchester United just two points behind them and a very easy outing against Fulham on the cards for the Red Devils. For City, nothing short of a win would suffice if they are to be in contention for a second title running.