Chelsea’s comprehensive victory over Manchester City in the Premier League on the 3rd was certainly a spectacle to behold. Chelsea managed to stroll into the intimidating Etihad Stadium and win with relative ease. The Blues controlled the tempo of the game, nullified City’s strike-force and even contained the powerhouse that is Yaya Toure. In truth, had it not been for the woodwork, the score could have been 2 or 3-nil. Chelsea put an end to two records that night; City’s undefeated home record this year which stood at 11, and City’s scoring streak at the Etihad, which stood for an astonishing three years (0-0 draw against Birmingham in November 2010).
Ahead of the upcoming FA Cup clash this weekend, the question looms, can Chelsea pull off a double over City at the Etihad? If current form is anything to go by, City were in devastating form before the encounter, winning six out of eight matches and striking four or more goals three times. After the Chelsea loss, City looked woeful in their last match, drawing 0-0 to lowly Norwich. The Citizens are reeling from the loss of Sergio Aguero, and lacked the cutting edge against the Canaries. Chelsea also drew their last match, to West Brom, after squandering a first-half lead. Chelsea were also on a strong run before the City clash, so the two clubs’ form are even in that regard.
Statistically, the odds are stacked against Chelsea. City haven’t lost two consecutive matches at home since January of 2012 after losses to United in the FA Cup and Liverpool in the Capital One Cup. Chelsea also beat City earlier in the year at Stamford Bridge, so a win on Saturday would complete a remarkable three-game sweep over City.