Premier League 2018-19: 3 reasons why Chelsea could defeat Manchester City
Today's Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Chelsea could have a definite outcome in the title race and also the Champions League qualification spots. While a loss today for Manchester City could leave them in a difficult situation between Liverpool and Spurs at the top, a loss for Chelsea will have an effect on their Champions League aspirations next year.
Chelsea came out on top in this fixture earlier this season but they have been in a rough patch in recent games. Although Manchester City have been dominant, they have looked vulnerable in a few games and there are chances that they might wilt under pressure. Hence, this game at the Etihad makes for an interesting watch this weekend.
Chelsea were good in the previous Premier League game and they have been trying to figure out a way to repeat the performances they put up at the beginning of the season. Hence, they have a decent chance of winning this game and here are three reasons why they could do so.
Threat of Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard has been involved in five goals in the last five games these two teams faced and like for every opposition, the Belgian will be an ominous threat. There has been a lot of talk about Hazard's situation at the club and the winger could try to silence his critics in this important game against Manchester City.
Hazard now has company in the name of Gonzalo Higuain who has already made a name for himself in his debut game. Higuain is a more prolific striker and will be happy to convert all the assists given to him which could place City in a precarious position in the match.
Intense Title race
Manchester City and Liverpool have been in one of the best Premier League title races ever and every point counts until the last matchday. Liverpool have already won their game this week and re-opened their three-point lead at the top. Manchester City will have a chance to go on top of the table and the players would be wary of it.
Manchester City looked vulnerable in a few games last month and against Chelsea, there are high chances of them slipping up. Chelsea's attack is good enough to capitalize on any opportunity which could lead to the downfall of the champions.
Manchester City's average record against Chelsea
Manchester City have lost three of their last five matches against Chelsea in the Premier League. They have managed just four goals and never scored more than once against them. Pep Guardiola does not have a good record against Chelsea and in the current circumstances, Manchester City will need to be extra cautious against Sarri's squad.
Hence, if there are any hiccups that Manchester City will be facing in their title race, it could be against Chelsea in today's game.