This weekend in the Premier League, we get a taste of the UEFA Champions League re-run as Chelsea host Manchester City. The match schedules for Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge, with kickoff at 2:30 pm.
Chelsea currently leads the table with 13 points from the opening five fixtures. On the other hand, Man City occupies the fifth spot, taking ten points from their opening five league games.
The Premier League is still early in the season, but it’s no surprise that Chelsea has made a good start. They’ve won four of their five matches and drawn one so far this year, giving them 13 points on top of all other teams around England right now.
The Blues have been on an impressive run, beating Zenit St Petersburg and Villa in the Champions League as well.
Thomas Tuchel’s side is unbeaten in the league this season and has been impressive on their travels, beating Arsenal and Tottenham. They also managed to draw 1-1 at Liverpool while playing with ten men for part of the match. This is thanks to suspensions or injuries that forced them out early – but not anymore.
This season, like last year and the one before that, it seems Manchester City is unstoppable. They advanced to round 4 of the EFL Cup with an easy 6-1 victory over Wycombe Wanderers at home.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City Head to Head
Both sides have 37 games against each other, with Chelsea taking 17 wins and Man City with 17 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa
- Tottenham 0-3 Chelsea
- Chelsea 1-0 Zenit St. Petersburg
- Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa
- Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
- Man City 6-1 Wycombe Wanderers
- Man City 0-0 Southampton
- RB Leipzig 3-6 Man City
- Leicester City 0-1 Man City
- Man City 5-0 Arsenal
Chelsea Team News
Edouard Mendy missed the last two matches due to a knock. However, Thomas Tuchel could give him some minutes in this high-intensity clash. Christain Pulisic made significant improvements in his ankle injury, but the match comes too soon.
Manchester City Team News
Absentees at this weekend for Pep Guardiola, including Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, and Zinchenko. Defensive pairing John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are unavailable to feature. Gabriel Jesus might get the nod ahead of Riyad Mahrez.
Prediction and Odds
Even though it is too early in the Premier League, we expect both teams to go all out to show their title stance.
- Double Chance
- Goals Under 3.5