Chelsea v Man City
27 October 2013
Sunday’s big match sees Chelsea take on Manchester City in this weekend’s pick of Premier League clashes. The Blues are on the rise finding their feet both in the Premier League and in Europe from their initial average performances. Following their 4-1 victory over Cardiff last week, José Mourinho’s men traveled to Schakle on Tuesday and thrashed the German club 0-3 with Torres scoring a brace to help them to 6 points in the group.
The west London side head into Sunday’s clash stading at second in the table just two points behind league leaders Arsenal. Manchester City, meanwhile, go into the game standing at 4th in the league and the back of a 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. Last weekend’s 3-1 win against West Ham meant that Pellegrini managed to win back to back games for the first time in the league.
The Blues are hoping that left-back Ashley Cole who is nursing his rib injruy should be back in time to face City this weekend. The Ebgland International has been out of action ever since Norwich’s game earlier this month when he aggrvated his injruy. Although Cole, returned to training earlier this week, he was left out of the Blues Champiosn Leage travel to Schalke on Tuesday. It iw beleive that he will find his way back to the starting berth this weelend.
The likes of Ryan Bertrand and Cesar Azpilicueta managed to get some gametime on Cole’s absebce and should the England International fail to recover on time, Mourinho migght use his yoingsters again.
City will be boosted by the return of their Captain Vincet Kompany this weekend. Manager Pellegrini has confirmed that the Belgian International is ready to return for Manchester City in Sunday’s Premier League match at Chelsea.
“Now we will start thinking about the next match against Chelsea,” said Pellegrini talking after City’s Champions League match.
“It’s a very tough game, but we don’t have any problems with the squad. “Vincent Kompany and all of the other players are fit, so we are in a good shape.”
Komapny who is been out of the game for almost three weeks now, should recover on time for the big game.
- Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in 64 Barclays Premier League home games as manager of Chelsea (W50 D14).
- Manchester City have lost as many away games (5) as they have won (5) in the Barclays Premier League in 2013.
- Since losing their first Premier League home game of 2013 (0-1 v QPR), Chelsea have won 11 and drawn two of the PL matches at Stamford Bridge.
- Since the start of 2012-13, only Stefan Kießling (12) has scored more headed goals than Negredo (7) in the top five European leagues.
- Chelsea have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season than any other side (5).
Man City managed to pick up three wins and a draw last yeah against Chelsea and though they have won three games on a row betting sites like ‘Au Free Bets’have marked City as the underdogs for this one. So we for a 2-1 home win for Chelsea.