Chelsea v Man City preview

by - September 29, 2017

Chelsea's biggest week of the season so far will end with the biggest game of the Premier League so far. After a clinical 4-0 win away at Stoke City, followed by a masterful performance at Atlético Madrid, Chelsea are now coming up against the early league leaders and title favourites Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. A third win for The Blues in 8 days will underline the trophy winning credentials of Antonio Conte's squad.

A visit to Stoke is traditionally one of the toughest places to record a victory in England but thanks to a very professional display and quality finishing from both Morata and Pedro, Chelsea returned with all 3 points and a very one sided score line.

The trip to Spain's capital city was even more impressive. Atlético are ranked number 4 in Europe, possess an enviable home record and are one of the meanest teams around at conceding goals. Despite all that, and with Conte tinkering with his line up and his formation, Chelsea were the dominant team throughout and eventually got the victory they deserved.

However, Manchester City are a very different proposition altogether. Under Pep Guardiola, they play as 2 completely separate half teams. While the back four and Fernandinho try to defend Ederson's goal, the other 5 players are all free to attack at will. Kevin De Bruyne has settled very well into his new role which allows him to maximise his full array of passing skills. Along with the talented Silva also creating chances, Sane, Jesus, Sterling and especially Aguero are all in fine goal scoring form.

Aguero unfortunately is ruled out of the match after being involved in a car crash whilst in Amsterdam. This will come as a relief to the Chelsea defenders - City's last victory over them came as a result of an Aguero hat trick.

Meanwhile Conte will have to do some more shuffling of his pack. Will he revert back to his trusted 3-4-3 or keep with a 5 man midfield? Some of Wednesday night's protagonists may not be fully recovered from their fine efforts and Luiz will sit out his third and final domestic match after his red card against Arsenal.

Although we should expect a potentially very close and even match, it really could end up as a big victory for either side. Guardiola's philosophy of we'll just score more goals than you will have it's greatest test of the season. Chelsea are blessed with plenty of defensive prowess while Morata is in terrific goal scoring form.

Home and away Premier League victories over City last season and a record of only 2 defeats in their last 20 matches against them at Stamford Bridge will also help build the belief and confidence in the Chelsea camp that the week will end with a perfect hat trick of wins.

Written by Jon Ellis, Chelsea FC home and away season ticket holder. Follow me on twitter: @ClitheroeBlue

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