Premier League 2016-17: Manchester City vs Chelsea – Preview and betting tips
Date: Saturday, December 3
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Chelsea’s trip to the Etihad Stadium is undeniably the biggest clash of Premier League’s Gameweek 14. Manchester City and Chelsea are both likely to be part of a two-horse race for this year’s title. Hence this is perhaps the first chance for fans to see how the two in-form teams stack up against each other.
Chelsea are currently top of the table with 31 points from 13 games. City on the other hand are third, with 30 points from 13 encounters. In a sense, the winner of this clash will have an edge in the title race.
Vincent Kompany remains out for City, but other than that there are no injury worries for Pep Guardiola. Antonio Conte revealed that he needed to check on the fitness levels of two of his players before this crucial fixture.
"Conte is one of the best coaches in the world. It’s the first time we are going to face each other. It’s good to play against him," said Guardiola.
“It’s a really tough game, a great test for us and our formation. We know it won’t be easy, we face a really great team with great players and a good idea of football,” was Conte’s opinion ahead of this match.
In the last five Premier League matches, City have won 3 and drawn 2. The Blues have won all five of their last Premier League games and are in red-hot form.
In their last five duels, City have come up tops on two occasions and Chelsea on one. The remaining two games ended in stalemates.
This weekend clash is evenly poised since Chelsea have the momentum and City have the home advantage.
Under 2.5 goals in the match
Diego Costa to score
Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea