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Monday Night Football comes from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea looks to end Manchester City's unbeaten run to the season and fire themselves back to the title race. After the weekend action, Chelsea re now 10 points below Manchester City and have dropped to fifth spot. They need just a point to overtaker Arsenal and back into the Champions League ploace but face one of their toughest opponents so far this season.
Even though Chelsea have been inconsistent, but they have managed three wins in their last four games in the league and have also qualified to the last 16 of the Champions League. However, their record against the top four is not good as they have come unstuck against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool this term - with two of those defeats coming on home soil. Chelsea needs to avoid defeat here or else they can forget hopes of getting the title. It has to be said that their clean sheet with wolves was their first clean sheet in eight games.
Manchester City will arrive in the capital with an awesome attack force and will be confident of scoring in this match. Roberto Mancini's side have seen Sergio Aguero score 11 times in 13 top-flight outings this term, while Mario Balotelli has seven goals in his last nine. That amazing firepower has seen has seen City make the best-ever start to a Premier League season - with 38 points taken from a possible 42.
They are unbeaten in their last eight away games, winning six, but will be aware that their record at Stamford Bridge is not the best however. For the record, Manchester City have failed to score in eight of their last nine visits to West London and have won just twice on Chelsea's home soil during the Premier League era.
Chelsea will be without the suspended David Luiz for the crucial match. Defender Luiz picked up his fifth domestic yellow card of the season in Saturday's 3-0 win at Newcastle and serves an automatic suspension. The good news is that right-back Jose Bosingwa has recovered from the adductor strain that caused him to miss Tuesday's Champions League win against Valencia. Meanwhile, Josh McEachran is back in training after an ankle knock, while fellow midfielder Michael Essien is expected to return from knee surgery early next year.
For the visitors, Micah Richards looks set to miss Manchester City's trip to London. Richards was ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League win over Bayern Munich with a calf injury and may not recover in time. Central defender Stefan Savic played in his position in midweek, but Pablo Zabaleta is now fit and is ready to come back. Left-back Aleksandar Kolarov remains out with a groin injury.
Take Manchester City and Over 3 goals.
Cheers and good luck,
|12/12/2011 16:18, read 2566 times