The clash between Chelsea and Manchester City is the most important in English Premier League‘s Week 17. The two big rivals enter the match with mixed feelings, the hosts following several nasty losses, and City a bit stiff due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak that saw them postponing the clash vs. Everton. There is a lot at stake here. Chelsea’s future and morale, as Blues already fell behind Liverpool and United seven points. On the other side, City has two games fewer than the leading duo and is tied with Sunday’s rival in the fifth place on the standings.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City Schedule
- Where: Stamford Bridge, London, England
- When: Sunday, January 3, 11:30 am ET
- How to Watch: NBC
Chelsea vs. Manchester City Odds
Lampard in Serious Trouble
For the first time since he sat on Chelsea’s bench, Frank Lampard is experiencing pressure coming from the fans. Up until now, the Blues supporters were always behind their legend, but recent results, and several big slips made them a bit angry.
Chelsea has just one win in the past six games, five of them in the EPL. Defeats against Everton, Wolves, and Arsenal on the road might be justified, but a draw at home to Aston Villa is unacceptable.
When looking at the Blues’ results at home, they had just one loss, and that was against Liverpool in the opening match at Stamford, 0-2. Apart from that, they have six wins and five defeats, scoring three or more goals in each victory.
City’s COVID Troubles
The match against Everton was postponed due to COVID-19 infection spreading among City’s organization, but the encounter against Chelsea is on, following several tests that removed the positive ones from the squad.
Currently, goalkeeper Ederson, striker Gabriel Jesus, and defender Kyle Walker are out due to COVID-19 while Garcia skips the event because of an injury.
Now to analyze City’s recent performances and move on from the off-field factors. Have you noticed that the Sky-Blues became one of the teams with the best defense in the league? They would allow just two goals in the past 10 games, and during that span, seven matches Guardiola’s unit played concluded with under 2.5 goals.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City Head to Head
The Blues have more success in direct encounters, posting 68 wins, opposite to 58 of the Citizens, while 39 ended without winners.
Chelsea was triumphant in the previous event this summer, following the restart of football activities, 2-1. that was the first game at Stamford after four consecutive with under 2.5 goals.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City Prediction and Pick
City’s recent low-scoring games force us to move away from betting on a high number of goals. They are a completely different team than the one two years ago, which set numerous scoring records across all the competitions. Under 3 goals is set at -160, which is not bad at all. Chelsea struggles, and Lampard won’t be keen on setting up some offensive-minded tactics, and the same applies to his colleague on the other side, who will prefer to wait for the rival’s mistake than to attack.