When the Premier League season began, Manchester City were the overwhelming favorites to win the league title. Now, we’re into the New Year and not only are the Cityzens not on top of the table, but they’re also actually seven points off the pace.
Arsenal are not going away- they are bona fide league title contenders, so if City are serious about achieving their fifth title in six seasons, they can’t afford to be dropping any more points.
Chelsea FC vs Manchester City FYIs
Kickoff: Thursday Jan 5, 8pm, Stamford Bridge
Team News: Chelsea Manchester City
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Google Result Probability: Chelsea 18% Draw 23% Manchester City 59%
PL Form: Chelsea DWLLL Manchester City DWLWW
PL Standing: Chelsea 9th, 25pts Manchester City 2nd, 36pts
Man City Team News
Up next is a midweek clash against Chelsea, which is, actually, a side you do want to face right now as they are sputtering. It’s a good matchup, at a great time for Pep Guardiola’s men because their injury list is quite short.
Both fitness concerns are in the back where star man Ruben Dias remains out with a hamstring injury. Recently injury-riddled Frenchman Aymeric Laporte is a doubt, due to a back problem.
Elsewhere Julian Alvarez could get a starting assignment after having been successfully acclimated back to the team after his World Cup glory.
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