‘Not convinced’: BBC pundit predicts his winner out of Chelsea and Manchester City

Mark Lawrenson has anticipated a Manchester City victory in tomorrow’s potentially engrossing Premier League confrontation with Chelsea.   

Lawrenson predicted a City triumph in his column for the BBC, with the former Liverpool defender expecting Pep Guardiola’s men to overthrow Thomas Tuchel’s traveling pack.

Chelsea or City?

The league’s front runners are showing no signs of slowing down in their pursuit of back-to-back title triumphs for the second time.

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They enter the weekend’s tie on a run of 11 straight top-flight successes, with their last defeat coming at the hand of Crystal Palace way back in October.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have struggled to replicate this kind of consistency in the past few weeks.

Tuchel’s team last achieved three points in consecutive matches nearly three months ago.

One win from their last five league outings have left them ten points adrift of their fellow blue contingent.

Lawrenson has bad news for the Blues

With the odds stacking against the side hailing from Stamford Bridge, Lawrenson handed the glory over to the defending champions.

“It is going to be interesting to see how Chelsea line up because they are short of defenders after Andreas Christensen tested positive for Covid-19 this week,” he said.

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“Thomas Tuchel’s side played well when they despatched Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, but this is a much bigger test and I’m not convinced they are ready for it.

“Chelsea’s Premier League form has been patchy and even a draw here would not be enough to help their title chances. I don’t think they will get that, though.

“City played really well when they won at Stamford Bridge in September, but they have really hit their stride in the past few weeks. I’m going for another win for them, which would be their 12th in a row in the league.”

Positives and negatives

Of course, Chelsea should be spurred on by their cup double over Tottenham, not to mention having the likes of Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante back from covid isolation.

But, as Lawrenson mentioned, they will be without Christensen for the same reason, meaning a reshuffling of the backline.

Tuchel’s group have to believe they can overcome City, otherwise, there will be no point turning up in just under 24 hours’ time.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.