Manchester City’s unbeaten record will be put on the line tomorrow when they head south to take on reigning champions Chelsea. It promises to be a mouth-watering encounter at Stamford Bridge, between two sides who are certain to be in the shake-up for the title come May.
Pep Guardiola’s revamped squad are firing on all cylinders at the moment and it will be interesting to see how Blues’ boss Antonio Conte attempts to stop them.
Chelsea have bounced back remarkably well since their shock opening-day defeat to Burnley. Four successive top-flight victories have catapulted them up the standings to third, while the midweek Champions League success away to Atletico Madrid means confidence is sky high. City meanwhile, have plundered an extraordinary 16 goals in their past three Premier League outings – so it is no surprise to see them topping the table on goal difference.
David Luiz remains suspended following his red card against Arsenal. Danny Drinkwater, who joined from Leicester City in the transfer window, is no nearer to making his Chelsea debut, but Eden Hazard could make his first league start of the season.
City boss Guardiola is reeling from the news that Benjamin Mendy, a big-money summer signing from Monaco, has been ruled out for several months after rupturing knee ligaments. Skipper Vincent Kompany is rated doubtful with a calf strain.
Match prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Manchester City
This is a monster fixture so early in the campaign, but it could have a real bearing on the destination of the trophy. Chelsea will have to be at their best to halt the Manchester City juggernaut – particularly after a gruelling midweek battle – but Conte’s tactical nous is sure to play a factor. Expect goals from this clash of the titans, with a score draw a favourable bet.