Saturday, 26 October 2013


If there is one thing the followers of the English Barclays premier league are sure to get week in week out, it simply have to be "An exciting game". The premier league is set to dish out another mouth watering clash to followers worldwide this weekend as Manchester City take on Chelsea under the guidance of the "Happy one" at Stamford bridge on Sunday.

It is Arsenal who top the table ahead of the weekend's action but Chelsea and City are lurking just behind and remain the two favorites with bookmakers, especially with defending champions Manchester United starting slowly.

Some early teething problems were understandable, given the arrival of two new coaches and two men with something of a history in Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini. It was, of course, Pellegrini who was unceremoniously and unsavorily pushed aside in 2010 to allow Mourinho to take up the reins at Real Madrid. There, Mourinho suffered the first disappointment of his managerial career after falling out with most of the players and people in Madrid before returning back to his sweet heart club Chelsea whom he guided to the first premier league title in 50 years back in 2005.
Manchester City hasn't enjoyed a comfortable start to the season, though they can boast of a sweet 4 -1 victory over city and bitter rivals Manchester United and also a 3 - 1 win last week against West Ham, a form which sees them sitting fourth on the log. Meanwhile Chelsea on the other hand are now seven matches unbeaten so far this season siting 2nd with 17 points just 2 behind leaders Arsenal.
Manchester City have had the better of Chelsea in recent times, claiming three wins and a draw form their last four meetings. Key to that, as he will be on Sunday, was the presence of Yaya Toure. Chelsea’s midfield lacks a presence who can match the Ivorian at his bustling, rampant best and if Toure is in that mood at Stamford Bridge, as he tends to be on the big occasion, City’s fine record could continue.

The Brazilian has been in fine form this season and also for the Brazilian National team. Proving to be a much better player this season than last which was his first in a foreign league. Oscar has justified the decision of his manager Jose Mourinho to pick him ahead of the Chelsea's last season player of the year Juan Mata. If given the space to operate tomorrow Oscar will no doubt play an important role in Chelsea s' quest of picking up maximum point away from home.

Kun Aguero has continue to show why he is one of the finest player in the league, having scored in three consecutive games for City. He scored a brace against CSKA Moscow in the champions league to ensure City stay on track to progressing to the last 16 of the competition. Manchester city fans and players will be hoping Augero carries his goal scoring form into Sunday's big money clash against Chelsea.

Hazard though not the biggest of players in the Chelsea squad, but he is no doubt a constant threat to any full back he comes against. Being a very creative player who can make goals and also take goals himself. Hazard if given the space can take the game by the horn and twist it in favour of his Chelsea side.

This game promises to be a very tough and interesting one, bearing in mind that city in recent times have enjoyed a far greater share of victory over Sunday opponent Chelsea. Chelsea are unlikely to be overly adventurous under Mourinho’s guidance. He may well ultimately be happy to take a share of the spoils and remain ahead of a City side that could yet challenge them to the wire for the title.

Prediction: Chelsea 3 - 2 Manchester city.

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