Preview - Manchester City vs Chelsea March 05 2018

Started by Harry85, Mar 03, 2018, 04:58 AM

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Match Day 29
Manchester City vs. Chelsea
Monday, March 5th, 2018
00:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.9
Average goals against per match: 0.7
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (10)

Last five matches form: W L L W L
Average goals per match: 1.8
Average goals against per match: 0.9
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (11)

The quadruple may be but a memory following that shock defeat to Wigan, but the treble is still very much on the cards for Manchester City. The Citizens certainly don't seem to be showing too many ill-effects for that reverse having twice thumped Arsenal 3-0 in their two games since.

Chelsea could really have done with an easier fixture than this having recently lost their place in the top four to Spurs. Two points adrift of their London rivals at present, the gap may well be greater after this game.

Chelsea have more than enough about them to trouble Man City on the break. Eden Hazard is one of the few Chelsea players who would actually get into the Man City side and is dangerous whenever he takes to the fiel, whilst Willian has also been in good form lately. We do expect Chelsea to score, but keeping this City side quiet is likely to prove another matter.

The fact Chelsea couldn't hang on for even a draw away at the vastly inferior attacking force that is Manchester United last week, does not bode well for their chances against Sergio Agüero and co.

We would expect Contè to play Hazard as a false nine in a defensive set-up; a tactic which so nearly paid dividends against Barcelona recently. Pep Guardiola's men are so good though that we fully expect them to find a way through.

Averaging close to an outstanding three goals per game at home in the league, we will take City to maintain that average with three goals here and avenge their 3-1 defeat in this fixture last season.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Chelsea


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  13 - 3
Shots on target: 3 - 0
Corner Kicks:  5 - 2
Possession: 71% - 29%

Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ilkay Guendogan were booked for City, with Antonio Ruediger seeing yellow for Chelsea.

There may have only been one goal in this, but in truth Chelsea were a little flattered by the 1 - 0 final score line. Failing to register a single shot on target throughout, and recording under 30% of possession, Antonio Contè's men were never really in this, for all that they made into the break at 0- 0.

Chelsea in fact didn't muster a shot of any description until the 53rd minute, by which time they were behind.

Having made it all the way through the opening 45 minutes without conceding, Chelsea lasted all of a minute in the second half. City's two Silva's combined to devastating effect with Bernardo sweeping home a David centre.

Even when forced to adopt a more attacking approach, Chelsea failed to register anything of note. Playing without a recognised centre forward until the arrival of Olivier Giroud in the 78th minute, they never looked remotely like getting back into the game. It was a Manchester City side in cruise control who continued to create the more clear cut openings; David Silva forcing a good save from Thibaut Courtois in the 56th minute.

Another day, another win for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's men continue their stroll towards the title. 18 Points clear of Liverpool in second, it won't be too long until they are officially confirmed as the Champions now.
Chelsea meanwhile stay in fifth position. Their Champions League aspirations are now under serious scrutiny. Five points adrift of fourth placed Tottenham, the Blues need a big swing in their favour heading into the closing stages of the campaign.

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