We’re expecting a full house on Saturday in the Football Transfer Tavern…
It’s a date that has been marked on the pub calendar for weeks – one of the Premier League’s most competitive fixtures. Dubbed ‘El Cashico’ in the past, the fixture has played host to some incredible games over the last few years, and this iteration looks set to be no different.
We are, of course, referring to Chelsea vs Man City – which takes place late on Saturday evening.
Two of the Premier League’s finest teams, both have impressed so far this term, and so everything is in place for an incredible game of football. In truth, fans have, thus far, been unable to separate them, and neither side can be considered outright favourites.
Mark Lawrenson of the BBC, however, has delivered his prediction for the game, and he has also noted the one key difference that he has seen between the two sides.
With the pundit expecting a draw, Lawrensen has pointed out that both sides have a lot of talent and quality, but there is one area in which the Citizens have outplayed their opponents – their lethality in front of goal. Writing for the BBC, he said: “Chelsea have not been quite as spectacular as City in terms of the number of goals they have scored”.
This is significant to note, as it does say a lot about each teams’ approach. Chelsea are typically more measured and accurate with their attacks, whilst Man City – with all their offensive talent – are able to repeatedly move forward and cause problems, and this has been reflected in their goalscoring tally.
Indeed, City have scored nearly double Chelsea’s tally – with 21 in comparison to 12 – and that will undoubtedly have an impact this weekend. Chelsea’s attack is strong, but as Lawro says, Man City’s attack is spectacular.
It’s going to be a very tight game, and it will be very interesting to see how Chelsea’s resolute defending matches up against Man City’s lethal attack.
In truth, it’s a game that could be won and lost in the midfield, with each side having strengths and weaknesses at either end of the pitch.
Man City’s form, technically, is slightly better than Chelsea’s, but the Blues will be buoyed on by their win over Atletico Madrid, and so it’s tough to predict.
Chelsea and Man City fans – thoughts?
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