Chelsea and Manchester City renew acquaintances this midweek at Stamford Bridge. After suffering a surprising defeat this past weekend against Crystal Palace, Antonio Conte’s side should be highly-motivated to return to their winning ways and thwart any idea that the title race is still in doubt.
It’s always an exciting point in the season when two of the perceived top clubs in the league meet, especially when there are some title-race implications involved as well. While the Blues hold a seven point cushion atop the table, City are sitting in fourth. In the previous six league meetings between them, each side have won twice with a couple of draws mixed in.
Chelsea have already gotten the better of City this season in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium in December when second half goals from Diego Costa, Willian, and Eden Hazard cancelled out a Gary Cahill own goal. However, it’s been a mixed bag for both sides with respect to current form.
Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League matches, winning four times during that stretch, but they’ve drawn their last three in a row. While the loss to Palace was a bit shocking, Chelsea’s current form preceding that had been outstanding, winning six times and drawing three.
Chelsea have historically held the advantage in this fixture, but City did enjoy a 3-0 win the last time they visited the Bridge. This match should be an exciting one with both teams going for the full three points this late in the season.
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