Manchester City host Chelsea in the stand-out fixture of the Premier League this weekend, as the two title-chasing sides look to maintain their decent runs of form.
Chelsea have been enjoying a perfect run since a defeat to Arsenal and are the favourites heading into this weekend’s clash with the Citizens, who are chasing the league leaders after a mixed-bag to start their venture under Pep Guardiola.
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss enjoyed an excellent start to the season but has experienced some difficult days since, leaving them behind Liverpool and Chelsea in the table, and Jamie Redknapp believes it’s a crucial test for Guardiola’s side this weekend. He told Sky Sports:
“City’s record against the big teams is just not good enough. That’s what Guardiola has got to change. They can beat the lesser teams and beat them comfortably, but can they go and beat the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal?”
“That is where they really struggled last year and it may be what stops City winning the league unless Guardiola can change that. So this is a huge game for them, I can’t wait to watch it and see what tactically Guardiola has in store for Conte with this system he plays. Maybe Tottenham first half found the answer, it is just whether someone can do it for a whole game.”
City are currently just one-point behind Chelsea in the standings but a defeat for either side would open the door for Arsenal and Liverpool to move ahead, whilst a win for the Blues would hand them a four point advantage over Guardiola’s side.
On the face of it, a draw looks to be the most likely outcome and that result would favour Chelsea, with the Citizens needing a win to get their campaign back-on-track fully.