Two Italian managers come head to head as Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City lost their last match, away at Swansea, and this was Manchester City’s second loss in six games and whilst they stay firmly in the title race, the game against Chelsea is going to be a significant test to Mancini’s team.
A resurgent Chelsea stand in their way and the pressure is firmly on Manchester City after watching Manchester United destroy Wolves at Molineux on Sunday. Chelsea themselves are picking up form although their League form tells us it’s only two wins out of six for them (W2 D2 L2).
However under Di Matteo’s stewardship they have won four on the bounce with two wins in the FA Cup, one in the Champions League and their last Premier League game Vs Stoke at Stamford Bridge. An impressive achievement after the inconsistent form experienced whilst Villas Boas was in charge.
On the road Chelsea have lost their last two games at Everton and West Bromwich Albion. They have not lost three games away from home in a row since Dec 2002-January 2003. Meanwhile Manchester City are looking to set a Premier League record of 20 consecutive wins at Home. Will something give? Someone will set a record of sorts or will records be lost?
Carlos Tevez has scored in each of his last five appearances Vs Chelsea (6 goals in total) so he may be a key player if he can get a start today. Manchester City have also scored in their last 26 home games after a goalless draw in November 2010 Vs Birmingham City.
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