In the midst of their most testing run in recent memory, Manchester City are desperate to make a return to winning ways when they welcome a high-flying Chelsea to the Etihad on Saturday evening.
Suffering a 3-1 defeat away at Anfield prior to the international break, a result seen to be a huge dent in their title campaign, the defending champions have already tasted defeat three times this season, only one fewer than they lost in the whole of the 2018/2019 campaign.
On the flip side, while the mood in Pep Guardiola’s camp might remain fragile, a youthful Chelsea continued to shine heading into the international break and the Royal Blues have won each of their last six Premier League appearances, a run that stems back to the 22nd of September.
However, with City lifting the League Cup title thanks to a penalties victory over Frank Lampard’s side back in February, Chelsea also suffered a 6-0 hammering the last time they made the trip to the Etihad.
You might be interested to know that Saturday’s hosts can be found at 2/5 with Bet365 to make a return to winning ways this weekend.
City starting to stumble?
Watching Liverpool grab a 3-1 win on Merseyside a fortnight ago in a matchup labelled as a title six-pointer, Pep Guardiola’s side already have one hand off of their league crown.
Opening the weekend down in fourth and already sat nine points adrift of the league leaders, it is no surprise that Pep Guardiola’s side are seen to be a huge underdog with the bookmakers to lift their third consecutive title.
The Sky Blues are now priced at 9/4 with Paddy Power to come out on top this season, behind Liverpool who can be found at 2/5.
Still struggling with some glaring defensive issues and failing to record a clean sheet in any of their last four matches across all competitions, the former Barcelona boss will be calling on Sergio Aguero to lead their charge this weekend.
Bagging nine goals in his opening 11 Premier League matches this year, it should also be noted that the Argentina ace has recorded five goals in his last three matches at the Etihad.
Also leaving with the match ball when City picked up a 6-0 win over Chelsea last season, you might be interested to know that Aguero can be found 8/11 with 888sport to once again find the net this weekend.
Chelsea’s youthful revolution continues
Picking up a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace prior to the international break, few across England would have expected the immediate impact that Frank Lampard has had since being brought back to Stamford Bridge.
Opening the weekend in third and sat a point ahead of Saturday’s hosts, there is no doubt that the former England midfielder has his sights set on once again landing another top-four finish this season.
Seen to be one of the leading contenders with the bookmakers to secure another Champions League campaign, a huge part of Chelsea’s recent resurge has come thanks to their form outside of West London.
The Royal Blues have won each of their last seven matches on the road, a run that was highlighted by a 1-0 win away at Dutch giants Ajax last month.
One man who has continued to spearhead Chelsea’s youthful revolution is USA international, Christian Pulisic.
Really lighting up Stamford Bridge, the 21-year-old has remarkably bagged five goals in his last three Premier League matches and can be found at 15/4 with Coral to extend on that run this weekend.