Manchester City v Chelsea – Etihad Stadium at 14:00
Last year’s Premier League champions travel to Manchester to face this year’s champions-elect in a match that is bound to be a tasty clash.
Super Manchester City
After their emphatic win against Arsenal in midweek, Manchester City sits sixteen points above second place Manchester United. Pep Guardiola’s team are miles in front and thoroughly deserve it after their form this year.
Manchester City has been superb and looks the closest the Premier League has ever seen to the great Barcelona side. Are they the best team the Premier League has ever seen? Probably.
A win here would really show their dominance, securing three wins in a week over fellow Premier League giants.
Chelsea will want to bounce back
Antonio Conte will be absolutely fuming that his side lost to Manchester United last weekend. Not only did the loss mean that Chelsea fell further adrift of the Champions League places, but Conte lost out to his arch nemesis Jose Mourinho.
The two managers have clashed publicly a number of times this season and it was truly a grudge match. Conte lost and there’s no doubt he’ll want to put that right against Manchester’s other side.
In reality, if Chelsea is going to maintain a top-four challenge, they need a result here.
Is there a way back for John Stones?
Earlier on this season, John Stones looked as though he was finally settling in Manchester and was realising the potential he has.
Fast forward to March and it looks as though Stones has well and truly fallen out of favour. Nicolas Otamendi seems to be the consistent number one choice at centre-half and with the resurgence of club captain Vincent Kompany and the purchase of Aymeric Laporte for some £50 million, it looks bleak for Stones.
With a World Cup approaching, Stones will want to do everything he can to guarantee himself a place on the plane.
Clash of ideology
Sunday’s clash will not only see two great teams come head-to-head but two managers.
Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte certainly have two contrasting styles. The Spaniard favours beautiful football, short, quick passing and building from the back. Conte, in contrast, is a typical Italian manager and favours a pragmatic approach – think Catenaccio.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Manchester City 1.25 at 2.440