Manchester City look to put Liverpool’s champagne on ice for at least another gameweek as they travel to London to take on Chelsea
Christian Pulisic and Olivier were the heroes for Chelsea as their quickfire strikes turned Chelsea’s game around against Aston Villa as they came from a goal behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 in their first game back from the long hiatus. They are now in 4th place with a game in hand, four points adrift of 3rd placed Leicester who are yet to engage their first gear after the break after drawing their second successive game.
Lampard is putting his faith in Christian Pulisic to make the difference in the top 4 run-in. He is expected to make the starting lineup for this crucial game that could have a bearing on the league title.
The Citizens made light work of Arsenal in a 3-0 win on their return to top-flight football. They then put up another clinical display with a vastly shuffled lineup to crush Burnley 5-0. In spite of that, they are still a massive 23 points behind Liverpool who beat Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday night and only need 2 points to win the title. Liverpool visit Eastlands next week in what could very well be their coronation day.
City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero limped off with a knee injury just before half-time and might be out for the season. Gabriel Jesus is expected to take up his place as they try to postpone the inevitable for a little longer.
Both Chelsea and Man City have an abundance of attacking talent and this means we could be treated to a great spectacle on Thursday evening. City are the highest-scoring team in the league with 76 goals while Chelsea have scored 53 times for the fourth-best record. The last five league meetings between these two have produced 13 goals and we should expect more fireworks in this one.
Betting Tip: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.74 with Cloudbet
Chelsea got a credible win against Aston Villa on Sunday but even their ardent fans know they are not a finished product yet. City, on the other hand, are a juggernaut and they showed their incredible depth by putting out almost completely different lineups against both Arsenal and Burnley and still easily won both games 3-0 and 5-0. Chelsea tend to raise their game against the good teams but City just have too many weapons at their disposal. The reverse fixture had City winning 2-1 after coming from a goal down.
Tip: Manchester City to win @ 1.84 with Cloudbet betting app
Gabriel Jesus is having another fine season for Man City. In a season that has seen Aguero taking timeouts for injuries, he has stepped up and deputized for his fellow South American with aplomb. With Aguero ruled out of this game and possibly more following a knee injury, Jesus’ role will be pivotal as they look to cement their second place in the league.
Tip: Gabriel Jesus to score anytime @ 2.13 with Betway
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