Can Manchester City topple Chelsea by New Year’s Day?

After a few below-par league performances from Chelsea, Manchester City have closed the gap at the top of the Premier League by a substantial amount.

As we all know the festive period in the Premier League is hectic for every club, so the pressure is increased for those battling for the top spot.

Manchester City’s upcoming fixtures:

Manchester City Fixtures Leicester Crystal Palace West Brom Burnley Sunderland
Dates Sat 13 (A) Sat 20 (H) Fri 26 (A) Sun 28 (H) Thurs 1 (H)

Chelsea’s upcoming fixtures:

Chelsea Fixtures Hull City Derby County Stoke City West Ham Southampton Tottenham Hotspur
Dates Sat 13 (H) Tues 16 (A) Mon 22 (A) Fri 26 (H) Sun 28 (A) Thurs 1 (A)

Neither side has any games that can be considered easy, but City will feel they have the upper hand. Getting the extra rest when Chelsea have the away tie against Derby County in the League Cup will help.

A key date in those calendars to assess is Sunday December 28. City entertain Burnley at home, which on paper is a far easier game than Chelsea’s away trip to Southampton.

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The New Years Day fixtures also favour City as they have another home game, this time against Sunderland, while Chelsea travel away to Spurs.

Premier League table as it stands:

1 Chelsea 15 11 3 1 34 13 21 36  
2 Man City 15 10 3 2 32 14 18 33  

Mourinho’s men do take on these fixtures with that three point lead, which is some cushioning, but they will be hoping to not have to rely on that over the next few weeks.

One of the main factors for City is the absence of Sergio Aguero, for what we have to presume is four to six weeks based on reports. And although they have plenty in reserve, the Argentinian goal machine will definitely be missed.

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At this moment it is very difficult to predict anything in the Premier League and the festive period always brings in surprising results, but one thing we can be sure of is entertainment.

If City can turn things around at the top of the table it will be a huge momentum shift as Chelsea looked to be running away with the title just a few weeks ago.

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About Lewis Addley (634 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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