Man City could be value to end Chelsea’s perfect start.
Early indications are that this season’s Premier League title race is going to be another close one so every point counts, even at this stage of the campaign.
It’s even more important that those likely to be among the front-runners take points off teams they view as rivals so don’t expect any quarter to be asked or given when Chelsea visit the Etihad this Sunday to face Manchester City.
Chelsea boast a perfect record in the Premier League so far, winning four out of four. They’ve scored 15 goals in the process, seven of them coming from record summer signing Diego Costa.
But the Spanish international didn’t start Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Schalke with Jose Mourinho later revealing that his top scorer has a hamstring problem that needs managing and prevents him playing twice in a week at present.
But it’s hard to imagine that Mourinho won’t risk Cost against City. Another victory would open up an eight-point gap on the defending champions and Chelsea looks a stronger side this season than the one that faded in the closing weeks of last season.
Cesc Fabregas is reveling in his role as the main man in the Chelsea engine-room while the Blues will be even more effective when Didier Droga re-adjusts to the pace of the Premier League.
Man City come into this game on a bit of a downer after a last-gasp defeat against Bayern Munich in midweek. It’s now three games without a win for Manuel Pellegrini’s team but there is no sign of the Chilean reaching for the panic button just yet.
Results haven’t matched performances but the goals have dried up a little since Stevan Jovetic got injured and Pellegrini still can’t decide whether Sergio Aguero or Edin Dzeko should lead his attack.
Frank Lampard will be hoping for a role against his former club but he’s only played 45 minutes so far for City and a place on the bench is probably the best the veteran midfielder can hope for this Sunday.
This is a game that City probably can’t afford to lose, even at this stage of the season, and we’ll take them to get back on track with a narrow victory at 13/10.
The Sky Blues lost 1-0 to Chelsea in last season’s corresponding fixture but took revenge in the FA Cup shortly after and had won their five previous meetings at the Etihad. Man City to win by a one-goal margin is 3/1.
The match kicks off at 4.00pm on Sunday, September 21st at Fortress Man City; the Etihad.