Game: Manchester City – Chelsea
Date: 3 February, Monday, 2014 year
Start time: 20:00 GMT
The derby of the 24th round in the premier League is between Manchester City and Chelsea. The two rivals will meet on 3rd of February and both sides will want to come up as winners from this clash.
The midweek games left the two managers with totally different feelings.
While Pellegrini’s team devastated Tottenham for the second time this campaign, Jose Mourinho’s side could not secure a win against the relegation battlers from West Ham, despite the incredible 39 shots, produced by the Chelsea players.
The Portuguese even accused his opponents that they play a 19-th century football.
However, this could be exactly the tactics Mourinho will prefer to use against the championship leaders.
Chelsea is known for its tendency to “park the bus” in that type of games and against the prolific strikers of City this could turn out to be the only possible solution.
Man City performed outstandingly in January. The team won eight times and one match (FA Cup) ended as a draw, The Citizens won the replay by five goals.
This and the fact that in their nine January games City scored impressive 35 goals must ring a bell for Mourinho and Chelsea will try to avoid the fate of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United who suffered heavy losses against Manchester City.
Sergio Aguero is likely to miss the game because of an injury, he picked up on Wednesday against Tottenham.
Despite the efficiency of Man City strikers, we believe that Jose Mourinho will once again rely on solid defence and rapid counter-attacks, so out prediction for this match is under 3 goals.
Facts before match:
Manchester City won 9 out of their last 10 Premier League games.
Manchester City scored 35 goals in 9 games in January.
Chelsea won 4 out of their last 5 Premier League matches.