Manchester City know that the door has crept slightly open for them with Chelsea dropping points against Crystal Palace on the weekend. While the gap is 11 points; victory tonight can bring that to within 8 points with Chelsea still to play Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham. City games have been quite open in recent weeks and with plenty of goal scoring chances being created, its no surprise that Sergio Aguero has stepped up to good form netting in each of his last 3 domestic outings for the club including against Liverpool and Arsenal. Defensively, City have looked extremely vulnerable, conceding in 3 straight games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Monaco heading into this encounter. With Guardiola not the defensive type of coach and the players forms struggling, I expect City to concede against this Chelsea side.
Chelsea will look to Costa, Hazard, Fabregas and Pedro; their big guns to all fire a strong statement in this encounter after their only their second loss of the season in front of their home fans against Crystal Palace. Chelsea will need to step up to the plate now with Tottenham closing the gap to 7 points; this encounter tonight becomes extremely critical for Chelsea to win in order to keep their distance especially with Tottenham playing a winnable fixture against Swansea. Defensively, Chelsea have looked a little jaded recently conceding in 7 out of their last 9 games in all competitions; including against poor sides like Burnley, Swansea, West Ham Stoke and Palace.
This game will be an extremely open one as both teams will look to get the lead to go one up on the other. The earlier matchup between these 2 sides saw Chelsea emerging victorious by a score of 3-1 at the Etihad; so City will also attack to try and extract revenge.