City To End Chelsea Dominance
Man City To Stop Chelsea 2-1
Former Premier League legend Matt le Tissier casts a watchful eye over a critical tie at the Etihad Stadium between champions Manchester City and current leaders Chelsea at 4pm, and fancies a win for the Citizens on Sunday at home.
Manchester City slumped to a shock defeat to Stoke City in week three before sustaining a draw at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium last weekend, and now head home to entertain an unbeaten Chelsea side that also claimed victory in both clashes between the pair last season.
Star striker Sergio Aguero will be fully fit to bring the creativity and finishing power City will require, while Chelsea have scoring ability filling their pockets thanks to summer signing Diego Costa, who has already netted seven goals in four league matches.
The latest included a hat-trick by the former Atletico Madrid frontman against Swansea, while fellow Spaniard Cesc Fabregas has also made an instant impact with six assists already. The talking point could also surround Frank Lampard, in line to start for City in the unusual scenario of facing the Chelsea side he holds the record for most goals at the club with.
Matt Le Tissier Tips: “Chelsea continued their rampant Premier League form in their comfortable 4-2 win over Swansea, with that man Diego Costa netting a hat-trick. His record of seven goals in just four games is irresistible. If he can stay fit, I can only see Sergio Aguero rivalling him for the division’s top scorer.
“Jose Mourinho has spoken about the possibility that he might be in need of a rest, but if he starts, the 13/8 with Ladbrokes on him being an anytime goal-scorer looks like easy money. As for the result itself, I have a hunch Chelsea’s near-perfect start will come undone here. They’ve yet to face a title rival, and their opponents will have home advantage. I’ll be going for a 2-1 correct score City win at 9/1 with bet365.“
Both sides look as though they will head into the clash without many injury concerns, although City will certainly be without striker Stevan Jovetic due to a hamstring problem and summer signing Fernando through groin injury.
Chelsea meanwhile have a blank sheet in terms of injury worries, Costa ironically the only man with a minor fitness question looming over his head based on manager Mourinho’s post-Schalke comments that the Spaniard may need longer to recover from games than he expected.
Manchester City and Chelsea kick off at 4pm this Sunday 21 September, the match shown live on Sky Sports 1.