Manchester City vs Chelsea / Premier League – This is a big derby in the 26th round of the Premier League, and it will be played between teams that have championship ambitions, but it is already certain that only Manchester City is in the race for title. Chelsea is fourth on the table and they have 12 points less than their host before this round, which is in the first place, with one match more. After the unexpected defeat by Newcastle, Manchester City has made two triumphs, while Chelsea has a defeat and a victory in the previous two duels. Chelsea has celebrated with 2-0 in their mutual duel.
Manchester City vs Chelsea begins 10.02.2019 at 17:00 CET
Manchester City has made two wins again, after their long successful series was completely unexpectedly interrupted in Newcastle. This was a hosting which they should not have lost, especially since they had a lead at the very beginning of the match, but every team has a bad day, so Manchester City was left without valuable points. Luckily for them, Liverpool has also blundered, and they have with one match more completely annulled the backlog for the Reds. Psychological advantage is now on the side of the current champions, but, of course, they had to be maximally engaged in every game.
Against Arsenal they have routinely celebrated on their field two rounds ago, though they had 1-1 at one point. During the week they played against Everton and thanks to goals in the injury time, they ended the match with 2-0. Aguero was not the shooter in that match and that was the end of his series. Coach Guardiola has made changes again and refreshed the composition, which he will do now with de Bruyne and Sterling.
Probable lineups Manchester City: Ederson – Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte – Fernandinho, de Bruyne, D.Silva – Sterling, Aguero, L.Sane
Chelsea has played too many bad games, especially in the second part of the season and now it is clear that they have lost a chance to fight for the title. They started falling in shape at the end of the first round when they lost to Leicester on their field, while they little before that played a draw with Southampton. They have lost three rounds ago in a derby against Arsenal, and the culmination of their weakness was shown two rounds ago against Bournemouth, when they lost with 4-0. That was their worst performance this season and absolutely nothing worked in that match and all goals were received in the second half.
They have vented this defeat in last round against the last-ranked Huddersfield on their field with a 5-0 victory. It is not a big consolation, because that triumph was really expected, but they fixed the atmosphere a little bit in the team and they are happy that the newcomer Higuain scored two goals. Coach Sarri has played with Christensen, M.Alonso, Barkley, and Willian, and now Rudiger could be on the center-back.
Probable lineups Chelsea: Arrizabalaga – Azpilicueta, Rudiger, D.Luiz, M.Alonso – Jorginho, Kante, Barkley – Willian, Higuain, E.Hazard
Manchester City vs Chelsea PICK
Manchester City has raised its form again and since they are fighting for the championship title, we expect them to play this derby at a high pace and with absolute domination. Of course, Chelsea should not be underestimated, but they are showing a lot of weakness lately and we do not give them a chance at Etihad.
Pick: Asian Handicap -1 Manchester City
Odds: 1.84 at bethard (down to 1.74 can be played)
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