Sunday, 27 October 2013
Chelsea vs Man City - Sun 27th Oct 16:00 pm
Following a cold away day in Moscow, our next away trip sees us travel to London to take on fellow title contenders Chelsea at the bridge.
This is going to be a tough game for both sides tomorrow, both teams have very talented squads and both are in good form, it is going to be a testing game for us but a test that I think we can handle.
This is an important game tomorrow regardless of what Pellegrini and Mourinho have been saying, these are the games that can be the difference when it comes to winning the title. If we were to lose tomorrow then we would be 6 points off Arsenal at the top of the league, of course it wouldn't be the end of the world if that were to happen, but I also don't think that we should be allowing gaps that big to appear at any point in a season when we are challenging for the title.
I have kept a very close eye on Chelsea this season and they are a good team but I have never sat back and thought 'wow' after watching them, they are quite similar to us in the sense that I don't think they have consistently reached a top level of performance as yet.
I think where Chelsea have been better than us this season is in midfield, man for man I think we have the more gifted individuals, as a unit though Chelsea have the edge. Chelsea are a lot more organised and compact than us, usually playing with three in the middle of the park. Us on the other hand only have two in the middle, one of them (Toure) seems to have the license to roam, whilst the other (Fernandinho) is left with the task of doing the job of two players. Our midfield has been an issue for some time now and it is more recognisable when Kompany isn't playing behind them clearing things up, I think we will have to tighten things up to compete with Chelsea in this area of the pitch.
Where I think we can cause Chelsea trouble is the final third, they have big strong experienced defenders but I think they lack the pace to control our attackers. The beast that is Negredo will be able to compete in a physical battle against them, whilst Aguero and Silva buzz around causing them problems with pace and finesse.
We are on a decent run of form at the moment and confidence should be quite high, we have been playing some good football and we are steadily becoming more consistent, I still don't think that we have seen the best of us yet though. There have been times that we could of gone through the gears and hammered teams but instead we have been quite happy to win at a stroll, hopefully against Chelsea we will hit top speed and if we do, we will beat them as far as I am concerned.
Man City Team News:
Vincent Kompany was expected to return to the side according to reports last week, he has however been ruled out as he continues to recover from injury. Martin Demichelis is not expected to be risked either after recently overcoming a knee injury, however Jack Rodwell is fit again after suffering with a hamstring injury.
Chelsea Team News:
Ashley Cole is expected to return for Chelsea after being out with a rib injury, Marco van Ginkel has a long term knee injury.
Possible Man City Line Up: Hart, Zabaleta, Garcia, Nastasic, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Milner, Silva, Aguero, Negredo.
Possible Chelsea Line Up: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Oscar, Ramires, Lampard, Hazard, Torres, Eto'o.
My Prediction: Chelsea 1 - 2 Man City.
Worth A Bet: David Silva scores the first goal in a 1 - 2 Man City win @ 75/1.