English Premier League | Chelsea vs Manchester City: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Ziyech and Alonso stun Man City

Watch Chelsea’s incredible fightback against Manchester City from May 2021 as Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso scored second half goals to seal a 2-1 win. Edouard Mendy also saved Sergio Agüero’s first half penalty.


Chelsea vs Manchester City: Line-ups

Chelsea

Manchester City

Cagey Game Expected at Stamford Bridge

#1

Not too much can be read into the league table at this stage of the season, but there is no question that Chelsea have made an encouraging start, winning four of their five matches, drawing the other, to collect 13 points, which has left them at the top of the division heading into the next set of fixtures.

#2

The Blues are actually on a run of four straight wins in all competitions, having overcome Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, in addition to beating Zenit St Petersburg and Villa in the Champions League and EFL Cup respectively during an impressive run of form.

#3

Chelsea will be looking to send out a statement to the rest of the division this weekend, and the Blues are being tipped by many to win a seventh English top-flight title this term and their first since 2016-17, but at this early stage of the season, four teams, including Man City, are seen as potential challengers.

#4

Like Chelsea, Man City managed to advance to the fourth round of the EFL Cup during the week, recording a 6-1 victory over Wycombe Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium, but Pep Guardiola’s side were held to a goalless draw by Southampton in the Premier League last weekend.

#5

It is a huge period of the season for Man City, as they will take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League next week before travelling to Liverpool in the league next weekend, and it will be fascinating to see the state of affairs at the Etihad Stadium heading into the October international break.

DPP Verdict

It is still very early in the season, but there is simply no downplaying the importance of this match. Both managers will be desperate to put down a marker, but it is likely to be a tight and cagey affair at Stamford Bridge, and we may have to settle on a low-scoring draw, which both teams would probably take.