Today we preview the Premier League match taking place between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on Sunday 21 September 2014.
The subplots to this game are so numerous that even the neutral observer will find something of interest in today’s game.
Defending Premier League champions Manchester City already have their backs to the wall, and go into this fixture without a win in their last 3 games across all competitions.
Chelsea have made their title aspirations clear and have started to turn heads, though they did play out a Champions League draw against German club side Schalke 04 during the week.
Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic will again miss due to injury, and midfielder Fernando will also miss, while forward Edin Dzeko has a back problem and the extent of his participation is unknown.
Chelsea have no injuries to report, though they do continue to nurse star forward Diego Costa who has hamstring problems, and apparently can only manage one full game a week.
Prediction and Tip
It is very tempting to back Chelsea here, who are in red hot Premier League form, and with Man City appearing not to be at their best, this could be a season defining fixture for both clubs. However Manchester City are the defending champions for a reason, and they may stand up and hold off the Chelsea onslaught for at least one more game. Bet365 are offering 4/7 for a Draw or Chelsea win, which we will be taking.
Chelsea win/draw Manchester City