Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Chelsea and Manchester City face each other in a highly-anticipated clash at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening. The Blues restarted the season with a come-from-behind win over Aston Villa, with the team retaining their spot in top four. Christian Pulisic deserves all the credits for the comeback, and, no doubt, the USA international is likely to return to the starting XI against Man City.
The Citizens aim to melt Liverpool’s big advantage in the Premier League table, and given the attacking potential of the two sides, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Frank Lampard has a full squad to choose from, with Pep Guardiola likely to count on key players for the midweek showdown as well. In the first half of the season Man City recorded a 2-1 win over Chelsea Etihad Stadium. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Kevin de Bruyne, as Kun Aguero picked up a serious knee injury in a 5-0 win over Burnley.
Highlighted Player (Willian):
Willian is a Brazilian football player who was born on 9 August, 1988 in Ribeirao Pires. After playing for Corinthians in the 2006/2007 season, in 2007 he joined Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk. The pacey winger won four Ukrainian Premier League trophies with the Miners, while clinching the UEFA Cup title in 2009 as well.
During his spell with Shakhtar, Willian was on Chelsea’s radar and in 2013 the chiefs of the Premier League club agreed a deal to sign the Brazilian ace for a fee of £30 million. Willian won the Premier League trophy with Chelsea in the 2014/2015 season and the following season he was named Chelsea Player of the year.
The 30-year-old winger has 38 caps for Brazil and he has netted six goals for the national team. Speaking of his personal life, Willian is married to Vanessa Martins, who gave birth to their twin daughters Valentina and Manuella.
Highlighted Team (Man City):
Manchester City are the lest famous of the two major clubs based in Manchester. The club was founded in 1880, but they have been struggling in the English Premier League in the past. Nonetheless, ever since the club was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, the Citizens have been playing an important role in the English top flight.
Manchester City won two Premier League trophies under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini (2011/2012 and 2013/2014), but both managers eventually paid the price for some disappointing results. Man City play their home games at the Etihad Stadium and the stadium capacity is 55,097.
Manchester United are regarded as Manchester City’s biggest rivals and the likes of Kun Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Uwe Rosler, Yaya Toure, Sylvain Distin are some of the most remarkable players that played for the Etihad Stadium outfit. Manchester City have won four Premier League titles and five FA Cup trophies and it has to be noted that they made it to the Champions League semis in the 2015/2016 season.