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Chelsea FC vs Manchester City FC, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

London, Stamford Bridge

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Manchester City targeting leaders Arsenal but first face tricky Chelsea test

  • Manchester City are eight points behind Arsenal at the top going into this game
  • Pep Guardiola’s men need to build a winning run to make up the points difference
  • Chelsea continue to perform inconsistently and sit in 10th currently

Manchester City to win 3-1

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: London, Stamford Bridge

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With Arsenal showing no signs of letting up right now, Manchester City need to push their foot down harder on the accelerator to catch them.

If Guardiola’s can win here, that will cut the gap down to five points. With City and Arsenal facing each other twice in the league before the season is over, that would leave it all to play for.

In order to keep their hopes alive, however, they must continue to win games like this. They’ve one won of their last three in the league and need to build a winning run sooner rather than later.

If City are hot on Arsenal’s coattails, Chelsea are miles behind the top two clubs in terms of quality and points right now. Graham Potter will take time to settle, but must start to show improvements eventually.

They have just one victory from their past five games in the league and find themselves closer to the bottom than the top. 

A home win against City could set them up nicely for a strong second half of the season. A thumping defeat could do the opposite.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Just one defeat from their last 11 home league games

     Scored in 22 of their last 23 matches at Stamford Bridge

Reasons to be fearful:

     Already lost five games this season – six in the whole of last season

     Haven’t scored in their last three meetings with City

There is still a feeling that Graham Potter needs to be given time and space to get things right at Chelsea, having only just got his feet under the table after a midseason switch to the London club.

However, toothless appearances on the pitch haven’t helped his cause. While many admire Potter’s outlook on the game, Chelsea have certainly gone backwards under his watch so far.

A league position of 10th won’t be acceptable to Chelsea’s fanbase if this continues for much longer.

Their record against City is poor, although so is most other clubs’ in the league. They’ve lost their last three meeting with the champions without scoring once. 

Now would be the perfect time to spring into form and give their home support something to cheer about.

Star Man – Raheem Sterling

Took his goal well in the draw against Nottingham Forest although needs to be a bigger presence for Chelsea in matches. Should be highly motivated against his former club.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Aiming for their fourth consecutive win in this fixture

     Lost just one of their last 25 away games

Reasons to be fearful

     Just one victory from their last three shows improvement is needed

     Can’t afford any more slip ups with Arsenal looking to pull further ahead

For all of their obvious greatness, Manchester City are in somewhat of an average patch of form right now, at least compared to what we’re used to from the champions.

Four points from the last nine available mean that they have slipped further behind in the title race, allowing Arsenal to build up an eight-point lead coming into this game. City could reduce that to five with a win.

It’s a win they will expect to get too, having won this meeting on the last three occasions without conceding. 

Pep Guardiola could make one or two changes here, with the likes of Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez itching to play after missing out on the last few starting line-ups.

In defence, Ruben Dias remains injured while Aymeric Laporte will be assessed. John Stones and Manuel Akanji could therefore continue.

Star Man – Erling Haaland

The beastly striker now has 21 goals this season in the league, which is more than Chelsea’s entire total. He only needs a sniff in front of goal but the rest of his team must pull together too after dropping points recently.

     City will dominate possession

     This could suit Chelsea too, playing on the counterattack

     Three or more goals in the game

This game, hopefully for football fans, has plenty of goals written all over it.

Chelsea have been leaky at the back this season but will enjoy the opportunity to counter quickly against this City team, who have had to chop and change at the back this season.

Likewise, Man City will relish the chance to play against a Chelsea side that has rarely looked so short on solidity and organisation.

City should triumph, but expect a good game.

Manchester City to win 3-1

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Author: Ross B.