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It's the battle of the titans, as Chelsea travels to Manchester to take in the current Champions Manchester City in one of the most important fixtures of the Premier League 2021-22 season.
Manchester City sits proudly at the top of the table and is on track to win their second consecutive title. Pep Guardiola has managed his team to perfection, and they have a comfortable 10 point buffer over the Blues. The team has suffered just two defeats in this season so far, and collected 53 points out of a possible 63. Its last defeat came way back at the end of October, and the team is on a winning streak since then, winning the last 11 games coming into this fixture.
Chelsea has fought well this season and was neck and neck with Manchester City in the battle for the top spot. But the team seemed to have lost its way during the festive season and has played out 4 draws in its last 5 games, allowing City to open up the lead. Chelsea will definitely be looking to win this one in order to remain in contention for the title.
Match prediction and betting tips for Manchester City vs Chelsea Premier League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, on the 15th of January 2022.
The way he has marshaled his troops so far, Pep Guardiola has again proved that he is currently the best manager in the world. His ability to think ahead of his opponents and quick on-field decisions have played a big part in Chelsea's success. However, he is unlikely to be seen on the sidelines for this game after testing positive for CoViD.
The team is likely to feature Fernandinho, Jack Stones, and John Grealish, all of whom seem to have recovered from COVID. Phil Foden and Zinchenko too will most likely be available for selection. The only absentees seem to be Mahrez, who has left for AFCON, and Luca Ilic who is suffering from an injury.
Thomas Tuchel also has a number of injuries within his squad. Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, and Reece James are likely to miss out on this game. Thiago Silva, Kante, and Mendy have all tested positive for the coronavirus, and their status for this crucial game remains unknown.
The last time both the teams played out a draw was back in 2015. While Manchester City has been clinical in its performance so far, the absence of Guardiola may rob it of the `X´ factor. Also, with Lukaku returning to the fold, Chelsea is going to be more potent at the front and could force Manchester City into a defensive position as well.
Bet on a Draw.
No team (except for maybe Liverpool) has been as fluent in scoring goals as Manchester City this season. The genius playmakers in the mid-field have created a number of chances for Manchester City in most matches and we expect nothing different against Chelsea. The real risk here is going to be betting on Chelsea to score but it has shown a lot more attacking spirit in recent matches. With Lukaku back and Tuchel desperate for some revenge, we could see a more goal-hungry Chelsea than in previous matches. Betting on both teams to score seems to be the way to go.