Manchester City vs Chelsea: 3 factors that could decide the outcome of the game | Premier League 2018-19
League leaders Liverpool have 65 points from 26 matches, but City have a superior goal difference. The Blue side of Manchester will again also have a chance of reclaiming the top spot, should they beat Chelsea today.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have 50 points from 25 matches, and now trail fourth placed Manchester United by a point. However, they have a match in hand, and would like to get a point at least from today's match. They beat Huddersfield 5-0 in their last league match, but City are a different proposition altogether.
The Blues are the only team to do the double over Manchester City on 10 occasions, and they would fancy their chances again. The hosts will be knowing full well that no other team has caused more hiccups to them than Chelsea - as they have lost three of their previous five PL games against the Pensioners.
On that note, we would now take a look at the 3 factors which might influence the outcome of the much-awaited fixture.
#1 Chelsea’s big defenders coping with the movement of City’s nimble-footed forwards
Chelsea have some big defenders in their squad, as each of David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso are well above six feet. On the other hand, City’s attacking players like Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and David Silva are almost six inches shorter on an average, but this obvious difference in size might not bode well for Chelsea.
City’s players are well-known for their positional play and Aguero in particular has the knack of being in goal-scoring positions inside the penalty box in the blink of an eye. The same goes for David Silva and Gabriel Jesus.
City’s forwards are nimble-footed enough to cause problems to the Chelsea defenders, who might find it a bit difficult to anticipate their movements. Both Aguero and Jesus have the ability to get into the space between the opposition defenders. David Luiz, especially, is not a good enough tackler to stop Aguero inside the box.
The diminutive Argentine striker has scored 19 goals for City this season, and would like to increase his tally on Sunday. Jesus also scored against Everton last Wednesday, and would like to reiterate his importance in the team by scoring against Chelsea (as a substitute, per say). Therefore, the Chelsea defenders would have their task cut out against the agile City forwards.