Manchester City will be looking to maintain or extend their dominant lead at the top of the Premier League on Sunday and further damage Chelsea’s chances of a top four challenge when they host Antonio Conte’s side on Sunday.
The runaway Premier League leaders blitzed Arsenal 3-0 in their rescheduled game on Thursday, with all goals coming in the first half before City took their foot off the pedal in the second 45.
Pep Guardiola’s side have dominated possession in their back-to-back 3-0 thrashings of Arsenal in their last two outings which makes me believe fatigue won’t be a significant factor this weekend.
Chelsea were beaten 2-1 at Manchester United last weekend as the defending Premier League champions are ending the season on a whimper. Several of Antonio Conte’s interviews of late have suggested he doesn’t want to remain at Stamford Bridge and the players themselves haven’t been performing great of late either.
Aside from Eden Hazard, who was marked out of the game by youngster Scott McTominay at Old Trafford last weekend, Chelsea haven’t shown much of a goal threat from elsewhere of late. Pedro and Willian are certainly capable but only one of them starts with Hazard fits. Alvaro Morata has struggled over the winter period.
Chelsea’s back three isn’t what it was last season, and despite Andreas Christensen’s huge praise from West London this season, the Danish defender is capable of losing his marker, and even gifted Barcelona an equaliser last month. On top of that Danny Drinkwater looks far short of the player he was at Leicester City.
Manchester City’s defensive record is getting better of late so they may be confident in shutting out the defending champions, but I am certainly confident that they’ll outscore them regardless.