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English Premier

2013-02-24 - Manchester City v Chelsea

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Manchester City v Chelsea
Football: English Premier League
Sunday 24 February 2013 - Kick Off 1:30pm
This game is live on TV


Manchester City


The second time a team from Manchester takes on a team from West London could have significant impact in the title race and perhaps even the Champions League places come May. Manchester City are trying desperately to hold onto their slipping Premier League crown and also trying to hold off Chelsea just behind them. The pressure is clearly on Roberto Mancini with more suggestions that he will be fired in the Summer, suggestions that have grated with him in his last two press conferences.

Mancini may think he is the 'best manager in England over the last eighteen months', but Manchester City are no longer a club that will accept being out of Europe and 12 points behind in the League before March. Their deficit to rivals Manchester United could have been extended on Saturday, while City are just 4 points clear of Chelsea in 3rd place. They do have a 9-3-1 record at the Etihad Stadium this season, scoring 29 goals and only conceding 11.

Manchester City did beat Leeds United 4-0 here in the FA Cup Fifth Round last Sunday, but it is the abysmal 3-1 collapse at Southampton in their last League game that has Mancini under pressure. City have now failed to win any of their last 3 League games going back to mid-January and it is that form that has allowed Manchester United to swell their lead at the top of the table to 12 points. City have won 5 of their last 6 games here in all competitions, including 3 in a row in the Premier League before the 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

The first question to be answered is will Joe Hart be restored in goal after missing the game last Sunday against Leeds and being heavily criticised by Mancini for mistakes made against Southampton. Gareth Barry is a doubt, but Vincent Kompany could be a big returnee for the side.

Chelsea


There is no doubt that Roberto Mancini is feeling the pressure at Manchester City and the same can be said of Rafa Benitez at Stamford Bridge. The fans remain unhappy and there seems little chance that Benitez will be manager next season, while there remains some school of thoughts that the Spaniard will even be removed as Interim Head Coach before the Summer.

Since Benitez' appointment, Chelsea have exited the Champions League, the World Club Championship and the Capital One Cup. They were moments away from needing extra time in the Europa League on Thursday, but Chelsea remain firmly in the hunt for a top four finish in the Premier League. Chelsea are 3rd in the Premier League table and while Gary Cahill insists they are looking above them, there are just 5 points between Chelsea and 5th placed Arsenal. The Blues have a 7-3-3 record away from home, scoring 25 goals and conceding 16.

Chelsea are unbeaten in 4 games in all competitions since a 3-2 loss at Newcastle United, but the 1-1 home draw with Sparta Prague ended a run of 3 successive wins. They had failed to win any of their previous 4 away games in all competitions before a win in Prague ten days ago, but they had won 4 of 5 away Premier League games until being beaten at St James' Park.

Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard were rested on Thursday and should return to the line up. Others like Ashley Cole and Demba Ba will also be hoping to be involved.

Head to Head


Rafa Benitez' first game in charge of Chelsea was the goalless draw with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

City have beaten Chelsea in the Community Shield this season with a 3-2 win at Villa Park, while they have won 3 Premier League games at home in a row.

Last season, City had to come from 0-1 down to win 2-1.

Prediction


Chelsea have definitely been a better team on their travels than at Stamford Bridge since Rafa Benitez came to the club, something that his Liverpool team were also guilty of and that is down to the tactics employed by the Spaniard.

This will be a tough test for them at the Etihad Stadium, especially considering they have conceded 5 goals in their last 2 away games in the Premier League and even conceded 2 to Brentford in the FA Cup Fourth Round game at Griffin Park.

With all the bad press for Roberto Mancini, it could be easy to forget that Manchester City have been on something of a roll at the Etihad Stadium. The return of Vincent Kompany is huge for them considering the defensive issues at Southampton and I do feel City will win this game.

Don't be surprised if there are goals too.

The Statistics :

MAN_CITY LAST SIX HOME FORM
Man_City DATE   RESULT OPPOSITION
2013-02-03  D 2-2   H v Liverpool  
2013-01-19  W 2-0   H v Fulham  
2013-01-01  W 3-0   H v Stoke_City  
2012-12-22  W 1-0   H v Reading  
2012-12-09  L 2-3   H v Man_Utd  
2012-12-01  D 1-1   H v Everton  

CHELSEA LAST SIX AWAY FORM
Chelsea DATE   RESULT OPPOSITION
2013-02-02  W 2-3   A v Newcastle  
2013-01-30  D 2-2   A v Reading  
2013-01-12  W 0-4   A v Stoke_City  
2012-12-30  W 1-2   A v Everton  
2012-12-26  W 0-1   A v Norwich  
2012-12-08  W 1-3   A v Sunderland  

HEAD TO HEAD MAN_CITY v CHELSEA
DATE   HOME SCORE   AWAY
2012-03-21    Man_City   2-1   Chelsea  
2010-09-25    Man_City   1-0   Chelsea  
2009-12-05    Man_City   2-1   Chelsea  
2008-09-13    Man_City   1-3   Chelsea  
2008-04-05    Man_City   0-2   Chelsea  
2007-03-14    Man_City   0-1   Chelsea  


The Pick :

Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea


FIXED ODDS BETTING :

I'll back Manchester City to win and over 2.5 goals in the match (The Total Result) @ 3.10 (Ladbrokes)



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English Premier betting preview for Manchester City v Chelsea | Played on 2013-02-24 | Analysis & sportsbook lines

English Premier betting preview for Manchester City v Chelsea | Played on 2013-02-24 | Analysis & sportsbook lines