Midweek sees Chelsea host Manchester city as Wednesday’s war in West London proves to be a tough task for the hosts. We tip this match that could end with the gap between the Blues and Manchester United lessened as the race for Champions League intensifies.
Who is playing?
Chelsea vs Manchester City
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchweek 31
What time is Chelsea vs Manchester City?
20:15 BST, Thursday 25th June 2020.
Where do Chelsea play?
Stamford Bridge, Fulham, London.
Where can I watch Chelsea vs Manchester City?
BT Sport 1
Thoughts on Chelsea vs Manchester City
A fixture that, lets get it right, would have nowhere near as much standing as it currently does, if not for a certain commodity. Two clubs who have had their fortunes in recent years amplified, ironically, because of fortune.
Two heavyweights of English football and the Premier League go toe-to-toe on Wednesday night in conditions this fixture will have never experienced before, with no crowd in the stadium, Man City in a state of limbo with only the Champions League to play for, and Chelsea still uncertain to finish top four with City’s rivals only five points behind, it prompts us for an exciting game of football midweek.
Cast your minds back to last summer (albeit it seems forever ago), at the very beginning of the season, and it almost seemed as if Chelsea were slipping by the wayside: they’d been slapped with their transfer ban, Eden Hazard was departing and they had just appointed Frank Lampard to oversee what would be a turbulent journey, one which we all felt would last for at least a couple seasons.
And yet here we are, amidst all of that, with Chelsea currently in the top four, and in the incredible position of being nailed on for top four next season, thanks to their potency in the transfer market already: snatching Timo Werner from under Liverpool’s noses, and signing a primed Hakim Ziyech for a cut price fee. There’s one eye on next season and you feel as if Chelsea want this season to be over as soon as possible.
Nonetheless, a tough task awaits them on Wednesday, facing a machine of a Manchester City side who look as if they never even had a three-month break. Chelsea should be cautious, especially considering their abysmal form against first, second, third and fifth, with The Blues only taking points against Leicester, drawing twice, losing both times to Manchester United and losing to Liverpool and City too. Also damning, that away from home they average more points per game (1.80), than at Stamford Bridge, where they only average 1.60 PPG, but we must wait and see whether that’ll be a factor on Wednesday behind closed doors.
No team in Project Restart has looked anywhere close to the level of Manchester City, with the Citizens scoring eight times and conceding zilch in their first two matches; the only team in the league to keep two clean sheets since the restart. A shame, that despite their autonomous meticulousness, they still trail so, so far behind.
It’ll be their first away fixture of Project Restart, whether that will have any effect in the ‘new-normal’, who knows? But Pep will be wary of the fact that the blue side of Manchester have lost all their away games to the top the six, with the King Power the only venue they could pick up three points. In fact, their average number of goals conceded increases away from home from 0.80 to 1.27, as does their xG against (expected goals), increasing from 0.85 to 1.17 away from the Etihad. Something they must correct on Wednesday if they want to keep their glittering form intact.
Chelsea recent matches:
- Aston Villa (a) 1-2 win
- Everton (h) 4-0 win
- Liverpool (h) 2-o win
- Bournemouth (a) 2-2 draw
- Bayern Munich (a) 0-3 defeat
Manchester City recent matches:
- Burnley (h) 5-0 win
- Arsenal (h) 3-0 win
- Manchester United (a) 2-0 defeat
- Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-1 win
- Aston Villa (cup final) 1-2 win
Chelsea top scorers:
- Tammy Abraham (Forward) – 13 Premier League goals
- Christian Pulisic (Midfielder) – 6 Premier League goals
Manchester City top scorers:
- Sergio Aguero (Forward) – 16 Premier League goals
- Raheem Sterling (Forward) – 12 Premier League goals
|23rd November 2019||MCI 2-1 CHE||Premier League|
|24th February 2019||CHE 0-0 MCI||EFL Cup|
|10th February 2019||MCI 6-0 CHE||Premier League|
|8th December 2018||CHE 2-0 MCI||Premier League|
|5th August 2018||CHE 0-2 MCI||Community Shield|
Aman’s Betting Tip
*Odds as of the time of writing (Wednesday 24th June) and subject to change.
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