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  • March 20, 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: C. Foy
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Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Manchester City

Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Manchester City

Citizens looking for a fourth consecutive Premier League victory over Blues...


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Essien, Lampard; Malouda, Anelka, Torres.

Manchester City: Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Boateng; Silva, Barry, De Jong, Yaya Toure, Kolarov; Tevez.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Chelsea lost only twice in their first 24 Premier League meetings against Manchester City.
  • The two teams in question have locked horns 131 times in the league, so the upcoming game will be the 132nd league clash between them.
  • Of the 65 home games in the league at the west London club, the hosts have won 32, drawn 20 and lost 13 matches against these opponents.
  • And during this time, the Blues have scored 111 goals against City, while conceding 71 in the process.
  • Carlo Ancelotti’s charges have conceded only 24 goals this season, which is the fewest number of goals shipped in by any side in the top-flight. But City (25) have let in only one more than their opponents.
  • In recent times, Manchester City have managed to get the better of their opponents, winning the last three Premier League meetings between the two teams.
  • The Eastlands outfit have not been able to put together two consecutive victories in the league this year.
  • Roberto Mancini’s men have also had trouble on their travels of late, as they have won only one of their last five matches away from home.
  • A defeat at Stamford Bridge would see Mancini’s men slip to fourth place, having played a game more than fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Should Spurs beat West Ham United on Saturday and City lose on Sunday, it would see Harry Redknapp’s men come within two points of fourth place with a game in hand.
  • City skipper Carlos Tevez has an excellent record against Chelsea, as the Argentine has hit the back of the net on six occasions in his last five appearances against the London-based club.

LAST MEETING



September 25, 2010: Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea 

Back in September, Chelsea were in cruise control as they had begun the season on a stellar note. But their trip to Eastlands proved to be tricky, as they were up against a resolute and well organised defence that stifled the opponents' strike force.

Roberto Mancini's men hit home just shy of the hour mark, when skipper Carlos Tevez ran half the length of the pitch to coolly put the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech.

That was the only goal scored during the game, but one that handed the Eastlands outfit all three points.

Players to watch

Fernando Torres

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Fernando Torres has already proved that he can be lethal on his day, with evidence of his potency being his time at Liverpool. But he appears to have had trouble adjusting to the style of play employed by the Blues, and is yet to score since his £50 million transfer to Stamford Bridge. The time is ripe for the Spaniard to break his duck.

C. Tévez

Position: Attacker

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Carlos Tevez has had a fantastic record against Chelsea, scoring six times in his last five league appearances against them. He has been a pivotal presence for City this season, and could be set to continue his goal scoring exploits against a familiar foe.

Editor's Prediction

Manchester City have had the advantage in recent times, and manager Roberto Mancini will likely know that a defeat could have potentially disastrous ramifications for the club’s ambitions this season. And a loss at Stamford Bridge could very well dent the confidence of his charges so much that Tottenham Hotspur could overtake them in fourth place.

But on the other side of the fence, Chelsea have a chance to reduce the gap to six points between themselves and league leaders Manchester United. And having beaten United once already, they will likely have a good deal of confidence ahead of their Champions League double-header against the Red Devils. And should they send United out of the continental competition, a potential dent to the confidence of the Old Trafford outfit and a boost for Ancelotti and Co may see the tables turn in their favour on the domestic circuit – where yet another game against a Manchester-based club awaits them.

So looking at the game in prospect, Chelsea appear to have the advantage as they are playing on their own turf.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Chelsea

Manchester City

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
Draw
Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City
70%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
2 - 0
Manchester City FC MNC
Chelsea FC CHE
3 - 1
Manchester City FC MNC
Chelsea FC CHE
2 - 1
Manchester City FC MNC

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