Two of the top three teams in premier league took each other as Manchester City hosted high flying Chelsea Saturday at Etihad Stadum. It turned out to be quite an exciting affair with both teams giving it a right go in first half. Chelsea looked the better side in opening exchanges but it was City who took the lead when ball deflected off Cahill into his own net and City lead at halftime. Overall it was a very open game and Chelsea could have scored on couple of occasions. Having said that all to play for in second half.
Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea Highlights
[ Premier League 2016-17 Season ]
45′ 1 – 0 Gary Cahill was unlucky as ball deflected off him into the back of the net as City took the lead. Overall Chelsea looked slightly more compact of the two but as far as chances were concerned both teams had their fair share in first half.
60′ 1 – 1 Diego Costa scored in 60th minute to put Chelsea back in the game.
70′ 1 – 2 Willian came on as second half sub to make the all important difference scoring his team second and putting them 2-1 up at Etihad.
Match Highlights (English)
Pep Guardiola Post Match Interview:
Match Preview: Pep Guardiola will be hoping to get the better of resurgent Chelsea side on Saturday in a game between two title rivals. A positive result in this game can a have major psychological impact on the winning team but we can safely assume both managers will be happy with a draw.
City will welcome back the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones in the starting lineup while Guardiola do have selection head with Sterling being a doubt for Chelsea clash which puts Jeses Navas into the contention. Antonio Conte on the other hand is highly likely to go with the same starting lineup which defeated Tottenham last weekend.
Man City, having played their most important game in the midweek against PSG, will be looking to freshen up the squad by putting in some fringe players in the starting lineup. This is how i expect both teams to lineup on Saturday.
Match Predictions: City defeated Chelsea 3-0 in the premier league fixture back in August 2015 while Chelsea’s 5-1 win over City was against pretty much under-21 team. Overall fixtures between these two sides have been very competitive in last couple of seasons and I expect another close game on Saturday. I just fee Chelsea might be fresher of the two combine that was City’s dodgy away form I am going with a 2-1 win for Chelsea.
Last match review: Manuel Pelligrini started with several youngsters in the FA Cup fifth round tie against Chelsea which he described as “not a real match”. Chelsea on the other hand were in full strength and took the lead through Costa but Faupala made it 1-1 just before the break. Chelsea came out stronger in the second half and scored two goals in space of 5 minutes to take 3-1 lead while Hazard and Bertrand Traore scored to make it 5-1. watch match highlights of the game here.
Manchester City dominated Chelsea in the opening 45 minutes and they took the deserved lead just after the half hour mark when De Bruyne’s pass deflected into Aguero’s path who unleashed a superb drive past Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois to make it 1-0. City missed couple of easy chances to take the lead in first half. De Bruyne was guilty of missing a sitter when Yaya Toure sent him through on goal but he scuffed his shot. While Nasri failed to finish from a close angle when Courtois rushed him on what was a decent chance.
Sergio Aguero was in absolute superb form and he grabbed his second of the day just after the half time to pretty much end the contest. Thibaut Courtois was sent off for late lunge on Fernandinho resulting in penalty which Aguero converted to complete his hattrick.