It’s far too early to be writing off champions Chelsea
Jose Mourinho, who signed an extension to his contract at Stamford Bridge last week, is no stranger to controversy but usually manages to come out smelling of roses.
But he hasn’t earned any plaudits this week for taking out his frustrations out on Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn. The medical team were, after all, just doing their job when called on to treat Eden Hazard near the end of the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Swansea last weekend.
Mourinho was upset that his team were momentarily reduced to nine men with Hazard’s treatment – they’d already had goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois sent off at that point – but he should have been more concerned by the fact that the champions had twice surrendered a lead against the impressive Swans.
Courtois has subsequently lost an appeal against his red card so will miss this Sunday’s visit to Manchester City, meaning summer signing Asmir Begovic will make his debut at the Etihad.
Manchester City cruised past West Brom on Monday, despite leaving last season’s Golden Boot winner Sergio Aguero on the bench. The Argentinian came back late from the Copa America but will surely start against Chelsea, probably alongside Raheem Sterling. The England forward is settling in quickly since his big-money move from Liverpool. City waved goodbye to Edin Dzeko this week but still appear to have plenty of attacking options and Manuel Pellegrini believes that Yaya Toure will be a major force again this season after reaffirming his allegiance.
Both matches between these sides last season ended 1-1 and we have priced up that outcome on Sunday at 23/5 in our Correct Score betting. The momentum appears to be with City this time but you never write off any team managed by Mourinho and it would be no surprise to see The Special One pull a metaphorical rabbit out of the hat again. The 14/5Add to betslip against a Chelsea victory could be value if they are back on song.
The match kicks off at 4.00pm on Sunday, August 16th at the Etihad