Preview - Manchester City vs Chelsea 10 February 19

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Match Day 26
Manchester City vs. Chelsea
Monday, February 11th 2019
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.62
Average goals against per match: 0.77
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (14)

Last five matches form: D W L L W
Average goals per match: 1.80
Average goals against per match: 0.92
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (12)

No doubt about the biggest game on Match Day 26, as table-toppers (prior to the earlier fixtures) Manchester City play host to fourth placed Chelsea. Should Liverpool beat Bournemouth, City will need to win this to return to the Premier League summit. Chelsea meanwhile may well find themselves needing to at least get something from the game in order to maintain their place in the top four - always a bare minimum ambition for this club.

Chelsea came out on top in the reverse of this fixture when handing City a 2-0 beating at Stamford Bridge to end their fifteen game unbeaten run to start the season. Manchester City recorded a narrow 1-0 win in this game last season.

Vincent Kompany and Claudio Bravo are out for Manchester City. No injury concerns to report for Chelsea.

City haven't been quite the all-conquering dominant force they were in the league last season - illustrated by the fact they have lost four of their last eleven in the league - more than they lost in the whole of last season. They haven't been too far off immaculate here at home though in winning 12 of 13, and never failing to score at least twice.

Chelsea are undoubtedly a dangerous side - any team featuring Eden Hazard would be - and Gonzalo Higuaín already looks a shrewd acquisition. They have been well beaten in their two most recent away games though - at Arsenal and Bournemouth - and a 5-0 battering of Huddersfield at home can't really be taken as confirmation of a return to form.

City remain a cut above Chelsea - who struggle when attacked at times - and with revenge on their minds, and eyes on top spot can pick up the points in what should be an entertaining affair.

Prediction: Manchester City 4 - 2 Chelsea


Half time:  4 - 0
Full time: 6 - 0
Shots:  15 - 12
Shots on target: 9 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 2
Possession: 56% - 44%

Ilkay Gundogan was booked for the home side, with referee Mike Dean also taking the names of Jorginho and Marcos Alonso of Chelsea.

If City were looking for a real statement result to possibly put the frighteners up their rivals in the race for this seasons Premier League title, they certainly got it here. Tearing Chelsea apart almost from the off, they inflicted the Blues heaviest ever Premier League defeat on them here in an absolute rout.

Anyone wondering why not many sides turn up and try and attack City at the Etihad should perhaps view this game as the answer to that question.

The opener came in just the fourth minute. Chelsea caught napping during a free kick from the right and Bernardo Silva being found in acres in the right o0f the area. His ball across goal was deflected back towards the far post for the arriving Raheem Sterling to finish with aplomb into the left-hand side.

One became two in the 13th minute. Sergio Aguero - who had already inconceivably missed from around a yard - picking up the ball around twenty five yards from goal and unleashing a stupendous strike into the top right corner.

The third came in the 19th minute. Chelsea clearing the ball but Ross Barkley nodding back towards his own goal from the edge of the area; fox in the box Aguero latching onto it to swivel and finish into the bottom right from around seven yards out on the left.

Then in the 25th minute City incredibly made it four. The ball again cleared but straight into the path of Ilkay Gundogan just outside the box. The German rifling an effort into the bottom right. 4-0 at the break.

City took only ten minutes of the second half to resume where they left off. Sterling sent tumbling by Cesar Azpilicueta in the left of the area and Aguero converting the spot kick into the bottom right. That goal took him level with Alan Shearer for the most Premier League hat-tricks and made him Manchester City's all-time league top-scorer.

The sixth came ten minutes from time. Olexandr Zinchenko found in space down the left and firing a low ball into the area. Sterling on hand to slot home from a few yards. 6-0 final score.
City stay top of the Premier League, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference but having played a game more. Bad day for Chelsea who drop down to sixth.

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