The Premier League Returns with a Bang as Man City Face Chelsea This Weekend

After what has been a defining week of Euro 2020 qualifiers, which have seen England and Wales qualify for the finals next summer, with Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland all moving into the playoffs next March, the Premier League returns to action this weekend and it is the start of a very busy run of games for teams as we head towards the busy festive and New Year period of the season.

It is going to be a very tough start in particular for two of the teams chasing Liverpool and Leicester City at the top of the table as third placed Chelsea face a trip to fourth placed Manchester City on Saturday evening, in what could be a key game for both teams as they seek to close the gap that has developed at the top between runaway leaders Liverpool and the three teams chasing them.

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Premier League Matchday 13 Fixtures

All kick offs are Saturday at 3pm unless otherwise stated.

  • West Ham v Tottenham (12.30pm)
  • Arsenal v Southampton
  • Brighton v Leicester City
  • Bournemouth v Wolves
  • Crystal Palace v Liverpool
  • Everton v Norwich City
  • Watford v Burnley
  • Manchester City v Chelsea (5.30pm)
  • Sheffield United v Man Utd (Sun 4.30pm)
  • Aston Villa v Newcastle United (Mon, 8pm)

The action starts off on Saturday lunchtime with two out of form sides facing each other as West Ham take on Tottenham, who sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino in midweek and replaced him with former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. Other key games see unbeaten Liverpool facing a tricky trip to Crystal Palace, second place Leicester head south to face Brighton while Arsenal seek to get back to winning ways with a home game against a struggling Southampton. However, it is the game at the Etihad this weekend which has most football fans excited.

Manchester City v Chelsea Preview

This Season’s EPL Form Comparison

Man City

  • V West Ham United (A) – W 5-0 (Jesus, Sterling 3, Aguero)
  • V Tottenham (H) – D 2-2 (Sterling, Aguero)
  • V Bournemouth (A) – W 3-1 (Aguero 2, Sterling)
  • V Brighton (H) – W 4-0 (De Bruyne, Aguero 2, Silva.B)
  • V Norwich City (A) – L 2-3 (Aguero, Rodri)
  • V Watford (H) – W 8-0 (Silva.D, Aguero, Mahrez, Silva.B 3, Otamendi, De Bruyne)
  • V Everton (A) – W 3-1 (Jesus, Mahrez, Sterling)
  • V Wolves (H) – L 0-2
  • V Crystal Palace (A) – W 2-0 (Jesus, Silva.D)
  • V Aston Villa (H) – W 3-0 (Sterling, Silva.D, Gundogan)
  • V Southampton (H) – W 2-1 (Aguero, Walker)
  • V Liverpool (A) – L 1-3 (Silva.B)

Played 12, Won 8, Drawn 1, Lost 3  For 35, Against 13, Pts 25, Position – 4th

Top Scorer – Sergio Aguero (9)

Chelsea

  • V Manchester United (A) – L 0-4
  • V Leicester City (H) – D 1-1 (Mount)
  • V Norwich City (A) – W 3-2 (Abraham 2, Mount)
  • V Sheff Utd (H) – D 2-2 (Abraham 2)
  • V Wolves (A) – W 5-2 (Tomori, Abraham 3, Mount)
  • V Liverpool (H) – L 1-2 (Kante)
  • V Brighton (H) – W 2-0 (Jorginho, Willian)
  • V Southampton (A) – W 4-1 (Abraham, Mount, Kante, Batshuayi)
  • V Newcastle (H) – W 1-0 (Alonso)
  • V Burnley (A) – W 4-2 (Pulisic 3, Willian)
  • V Watford (A) – W 2-1 (Abraham, Pulisic)
  • V Crystal Palace (H) – W 2-0 (Abraham, Pulisic)

Played 12, Won 8, Drawn 2, Lost 2, For 27, Against 17, Pts 26 – Position 3rd

Top Scorer – Tammy Abraham (10)

Story of the Season So Far

Although by most other team’s standards, Manchester City’s start to the season would be excellent, based on how City have started the past two season’s dropping ten points in their opening 12 games is an underachievement for the Champions and leaves them nine adrift of leaders Liverpool. At times, City have looked at their peak, especially against the likes of Watford and West Ham, but they have also underperformed at key times with defeats to Norwich and Wolves particularly damaging.

Chelsea in contrast started the season slowly and had to wait until their their EPL game of the season to clock up their first win away to Norwich. Since then, they have generally been solid, apart from two poor results at home in a draw with Sheffield United and defeat to Liverpool. With six wins in a row, Chelsea are the form team in the EPL over that period, although all of those wins have come against teams generally in the lower reaches of the table, or mid-table at best. This will be their first test against a top six side since losing to Liverpool.

Our Tips for the Game

Neither of these sides have been particularly impressive defensively this season having shipped the most number of goals of the teams in the top four. As such, with so much attacking talent on display for both teams, I do feel that this is a game that has the potential for a fair few goals.

City rarely lose two games in a row and even though they are facing Chelsea, they are at home, which means I think Chelsea are going to struggle to get the win here. That said, I can see Chelsea hitting City hard on the counter, which could make things very interesting. I also feel Tammy Abraham stacks up well against City’s central defensive duo and I like his odds as an anytime goalscorer.

As for the result, I think City will have the possession but I can see Chelsea managing to score enough goals to perhaps clinch a point. They will need a bit of luck and some fine defending, but I am going for the draw here and I think 2-2 is the best choice of scoreline.

Match Result – Draw – 4/1

Correct Score – Manchester City 2-2 Chelsea

Anytime Goalscorer – Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) 7/4

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 1pm on Wednesday 20th November 2019.