Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Manchester City
Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, April 2 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET) 
Match Odds: Arsenal 2/1 – Draw 13/5 – Manchester City 5/4

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome Manchester City to The Emirates on Sunday afternoon in one of the standout fixtures as the Premier League returns this weekend.

This is quite possibly Arsenal’s biggest game of the season. They are in 6th place, six points outside of the top four but do have two games in hand on four of the five sides above them. If Arsenal lose this they are going to really struggle to make up the gap in the remaining fixtures of the season.

The pressure on Arsene Wenger seems to intensify with every passing game at the moment. Arsenal have lost four of their last five league games and are seriously risking not finishing in the top four.

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Manchester City are 12 points off the top of the table but while the league is still mathematically winnable they have to continue to fight for the title.

Pep Guardiola’s side need to finish second at the very least to make some success of their domestic season. This game is the second of their three grudge matches in a row. They’ve already avoided defeat to Liverpool in their last fixture and a win here before they face Chelsea would be a huge result for their confidence.

City are in a strong run of form. They have won three of the last five, picking up 11 points from a possible 15. It’s been three clean sheets away from home in a row for City and a fourth here is a big ask.

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Team News

Arsenal’s injury woes didn’t get any better before the international break as Petr Cech looks set to be out for around a month following his injury in the loss to West Brom. Wenger will still be without Santi Cazorla and Mathieu Debuchy, while Kieran Gibbs may return. Alexis Sanchez should be fit and ready to play after starring for Chile but Mesut Ozil’s status remains unclear.

Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna withdrew from international duty over the last week and a half, whether or not they will feature here remains to be seen.

Arsenal’s form: L/L/W/L/L

Manchester City’s form: W/W/W/D/D

Key Stat: Pressure on Wenger – Arsenal have lost four of their last five Premier League games.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Manchester City striker is key to his side taking three points here. He is going to have to deliver, which shouldn’t be a problem given that he has the ability to score against the very best as he so often proves.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City – Manchester City to heap more pressure on Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. The Gunners are in a really difficult patch of form and could do without having to face a City side who have hit some form.

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United vs City: Are the Manchester clubs set for failure this season?

It’s no secret both Manchester Untied and Manchester City are not living up to the high expectations set by the fans, pundits and club in general so far this season. Both sides are currently outside the top four more than halfway through the domestic campaign, which is no where near where they expect to be, so are the two set for failure this season? Lewis Addley explores… 

Ten games into the Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City things were looking like a foregone conclusion for the season ahead. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss looked to have bought his style of play to England with success, winning ten games on the bounce, but fast-forward to January and City are struggling in 5th place.

Things are not much different domestically for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United either. The Red Devils remain outside the top four and look a long way behind league-leading Chelsea.

Both clubs have reached the knockout stage in Europe, City in the Champions League and United in the Europa League, which surely will be the focus of their seasons respectively come the return of the competitions in a few weeks. United are on the brink of reaching the final of the League Cup, but that alone will not be enough to reduce the pressure on Mourinho, with more always expected of the Manchester giants.

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So are both of these clubs set for failure?

In a word, no. There are plenty of games for the league table to continue to change. But the competition for the top four is so intense that it is difficult, with current form in mind, to think both sides will make the cut. United had just began to pick up form but their consecutive draws suggest they’re still one step away from troubling the sides above them on a consistent basis.

City on the other hand seem to have no league form whatsoever, they’re fast becoming a side who look beatable from the off and Pep is going to have to change something. They’ve gone from having a powerful, tight backline to a nervy outfit who look like they will concede with every shot, something Claudio Bravo is picking up an unwanted affiliation for, having conceded the last six efforts on goal he has faced.

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As previously mentioned United are on track to reach the League Cup final but given the current nature of expectancy, that trophy alone is not enough for a title-chasing side. Both Manchester clubs are still challenging in the FA Cup, a tournament they are going to need to reach the latter stages in at least, such as the regard winning it is held in.

European action offers contrasting situations, City face PSG in the Champions League, while United drew Saint-Étienne in the Europa League. City’s performance last year was their best effort to date in the competition and given the strength of the sides they can pull in the latter rounds if they are to progress, winning it would be some feat, although not impossible given the quality of players available to Guardiola. 

United’s progression in the Europa League wouldn’t be something Mourinho is bothered by, if you’re to believe his stance on the competition, however winning it would guarantee them a place in the Champions League next season regardless of their league finish. With that in mind United have to take it seriously, no doubt they will.

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There is no doubt both Manchester clubs have the ability to win some silverware this season between them, but domestically it isn’t looking overly promising. With track-record in mind, many have been surprised with the struggles the two have endured in their first season. In the modern game transitional periods are becoming less and less acceptable, especially considering the amount of money that’s being spent on transfers. Perhaps not the first season of the Mourinho and Guardiola era their fans would have had high hopes for?

Is it too early for the word failure to be thrown around or have Mourinho and Guardiola not lived up to expectation so far? 

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Manchester City

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, January 15 – 13:30 GMT (08:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Everton 16/5 – Draw 14/5 – Man City 4/5

Match Preview

Everton play host to Manchester City on Sunday with The Toffees looking to extend their Premier League unbeaten run to four games.

This is going to be a test for Ronald Koeman’s men, they face a Manchester City side who will be desperate for a win, but they will know they have the ability to upset anyone at Goodison.

Everton are on a three-game unbeaten Premier League run. That recent run of form looks to have them back on track in the league after a difficult spell. They did however exit the FA Cup last weekend in a disappointing home loss, so a response is needed.

This is Everton’s second league home game in a row, they demolished Southampton 3-0 last time out and they have a great chance of a positive result if they put in an impressive display like that again.

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Manchester City have won three of their last five away games. Their last league game was a 2-1 home win against Burnley, an unconvincing performance intensified the pressure on Pep Guardiola.

While Pep is not one to panic, he is in new territory in his managerial career and needs to find a way to silence his doubters. A win here at a ground renowned for being difficult for the top sides to take points from would be a step in the right direction.

City have won five of their last six games in all competitions, including progressing in the FA Cup with a ruthless 5-0 win away against West Ham. The squad should be fresh as their last game will have been nine days previous by kick off on Sunday.

Guardiola’s side have work to do to close the gap at the top of the league. A loss here could potentially see them drop out of the top four and then the alarm bells would certainly be ringing amongst the fans. They need a big performance.

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Team News

Everton’s squad is littered with injuries, they could be without as many as eight players for this tie. Yannick Bolasie, Dominic Clavert-Lewin and Muhamed Besic are all out, while Maarten Stekelenburg, James McCarthy, Bryan Oviedo and Matthew Pennington are all doubts. Idrissa Gueye is on international duty at the African Cup of Nations.

Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan remain long-term absentees for Manchester City, while Leroy Sane is a doubt. Fernandinho is also unavailable for selection as he remains suspended.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: W/L/W/D/W

Manchester City’s last five: W/W//W/L/W

Key Stat: Everton are unbeaten in 12 of their last 13 Premier League games at Goodison Park.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentine made the difference in City’s last Premier League game. A lot is going to be expected from him over the second half of the season given his side trail top spot by seven points. He can remind everyone that City are well in the title race by contributing to an impressive away victory here.

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Score Prediction

Everton 2-2 Manchester City – An action packed draw. Everton have caused plenty of the big sides trouble at Goodison down the years and City could fall victim to that fate once again here. City’s defensive issues have been well documented, it would be a surprise if they keep a clean sheet this weekend, given Everton’s free-flowing attacking play.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Chelsea

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, December 3 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester City 11/10 – Draw 5/2 – Chelsea 12/5

Match Preview

Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday lunchtime in a mouthwatering fixture in the race for the Premier League title.

Pep Guardiola’s side trail league leaders Chelsea by just one point ahead of this tie and just three points separate the top four. This is a crunch game for City, who need to make sure they win and put an end to Chelsea’s winning run.

City come into the game having come from behind to beat Burnley in a scrappy game that showed their resilience to win, something they’ll need to show once again here.

While many are saying it is too early for results to impact the race for the title, a loss for City here could be disastrous for the squad mentally. Guardiola has experience coaching against Chelsea and will know his side are up against a team that never know when they’re beat.

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Chelsea are the inform team in the Premier League. They have won seven in row, conceding just once and scoring 19.

Antonio Conte is pleased with his side, especially the spirit they showed to come from behind to beat Spurs last weekend. Many have questioned whether or not going behind would upset the balance for Chelsea in their unbeaten run, but they proved they are capable of turning a game in their favour.

Chelsea have struggled at the Etihad, they have won just once in their last eight visits in all competitions and, like practically every Premier League club, have constantly been on the receiving end of a Sergio Aguero masterclass.

This a game Chelsea have to avoid defeat in. It will put them in a really good position for their upcoming December fixtures, while no league game is easy, they have some favourable games over the Christmas period and could capitalise on that to give themselves some cushioning at the top.

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Team News

Vincent Kompany remains out for Manchester City, while there are concerns about Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling, who are both doubts.

Chelsea are expected to remain unchanged for the eighth game in a row. John Terry will be out, while Kurt Zouma and Marco van Ginkel are not yet ready to be considered for selection. Diego Costa is one yellow card away from a one-game ban, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he picks that up here given the intensity of this tie.

Key Points

Manchester City’s form: D/W/D/W/W

Chelsea’s form: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Chelsea have conceded just once in their seven-game winning streak.

Key Player: Thibaut Courtois – This is easily the biggest challenge of the season for the Chelsea backline. They have been performing very well but face a completely different opponent with the way City will press them on the ball. Courtois will have to be at his best to ensure his side can come away with a win.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea – Manchester City are going to give Chelsea a different style of game that no other side has done this season. Their pressing and ball retention will make this a difficult afternoon for Conte’s men. Historically, it is not a happy hunting ground for Chelsea and Aguero & co will make it another to forget for The Blues.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Burnley vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Burnley  vs. Manchester City

Venue: Turf Moor – Saturday, November 26 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Burnley 17/2 – Draw 17/4 – Manchester City 30/100

Match Preview

Burnley welcome Manchester City to Turf Moor on Saturday lunchtime in a game that looks set to be far from straightforward for either side.

Sean Dyche will be disappointed with the manor they lost their last game. The 4-0 drubbing away at West Brom wasn’t a reflection on how they have performed since their return to the Premier League. It is a result they need to quickly get over and bounce back from to avoid it being the start of a dull run of form.

Other than that result, The Clarets have been in solid form of late, picking up seven points from 15 in their last five games. This is going to be a real test of their resolve, but we have already seen how frustrating Burnley can be to play against this season.

Burnley have reason to believe they can pick up a favourable result against City, given a number of their impressive home results this season. The main thing for them in this game is to avoid being caught out early on, otherwise they could be in for a long afternoon.

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Manchester City come into this game having won 2-1 in a cagey affair away at Palace. The return of Yaya Toure was welcomed as he netted both goals, which would have sent out a message of warning to the rest of the league, no club needs telling how dangerous the Ivorian powerhouse is.

Pep Guardiola will be pleased with the power his City side have been playing with and knows it’s only a matter of time before everything clicks into place. They’re creating well but just need to be more clinical in the final third.

City have to win this game, there are significant fixtures in the race for the title this weekend and they cannot afford to be off the pace at the start of December.

Guardiola’s side have been travelling well. They’ve won their last five away games in the Premier League and will expect to make it six on the bounce here. Worryingly for City they are leaking goals at the back, which will give Burnley hope heading into this one, but a win looks likely for The Citizens even if it is a tight affair.

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Team News

Burnley have no injury concerns heading into this game. The decision Dyche has to make is how to set up to prevent being picked apart by City. He will more than likely pack out the midfield and aim for Burnley to break the game up.

Manchester City are set to be without captain Vincent Kompany as he has picked up another injury, which begs the question, will he get any luck and a run in the side? Fabian Delph is City’s only other injury concern. Guardiola will be expecting an intensive performance from his players, they’ll be looking to starve Burnley of the ball and will need their midfield to be energetic in order to do so.

Key Points

Burnley’s last five: L/W/D/W/L

Manchester City’s last five: D/D/W/D/W

Key Stat: One for the road – Manchester City have won their last five Premier League away games.

Key Player: Tom Heaton – The Burnley ‘keeper has already thwarted one Manchester club this season with an astonishing performance, he will need to be at his best once again if his side are to take a positive result here. Expect him to be busy.

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Score Prediction

Burnley 1-3 Manchester City – Burnley to fall short in a game they can be forgiven for doing so. Manchester City have so much firepower in their squad that a win looks the most likely outcome. Guardiola will be disappointed if his side are to concede once again, but the three points will be the most important thing for him and his squad.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City

Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, October 2 – 14:15 BST (09:15 ET)

Match Odds: Tottenham 11/5 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester City 23/20

Match Preview

Tottenham welcome Premier League leaders Manchester City to White Hart Lane on Sunday in the standout fixture of the weekend.

Spurs have enjoyed a strong start to the season and remain unbeaten, one of only two sides to do so, the other being Manchester City.

Mauricio Pochettino will be eager for his side to take three points here and signal their intent for the season and he has previous experience of how to beat a Pep Guardiola side.

Tottenham come into this one having won 2-1 away at Boro, another solid performance and their third league win on the bounce.

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Manchester City are absolutely flying. They’re top of the league with maximum points from their first six games.

It is already looking like a case of ‘who can stop us’ from the City camp. Confidence is sky high and they look like a side who know they’re capable of winning the league.

Guardiola will have his players firmly grounded though. He will be expecting a very tough game here and anything other than 100% from his side would be unacceptable in his eyes.

City come into this one having seen off Swansea in a 3-1 win last weekend. It was another example of how comfortable they are looking but there is still room to improve for them in terms of discipline, as Nolito saw red for a moment of madness.

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Team News

Tottenham Hotspur are expecting to be without both Harry Kane and Danny Rose for this tie, while Moussa Dembele, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier are all doubts.

Manchester City are without the suspended Nolito, while captain Vincent Kompany is sidelined following his latest injury setback. Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be out for around three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury, he will be a huge miss for City.

Key Points

Tottenham Hotspur’s last five: W/D/W/W/W

Manchester City’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Sign of champions – Manchester City have won all six of their Premier League games this season.

Key Player: Raheem Sterling – The England international is thriving under Pep Guardiola. He looks full of confidence and dangerous with his direct, attacking play.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Manchester City – A cagey, tight affair looks likely for this one. Spurs will be up for the challenge but City have the squad depth and resilience under Pep to overcome the most difficult of challenges and this game will be exactly that.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs West Ham United

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. West Ham United

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Sunday, August 28 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Man City 2/7 – Draw 9/2 – West Ham 9/1

Match Preview

Manchester City welcome West Ham United to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon in what they will be hoping is a relatively straightforward tie.

City are top of the league on goals scored and we can expect them to be a fierce competitor for the Premier League title this season.

They come into this one off the back of their 4-1 thumping of Stoke last weekend, an impressive performance that had the real look of a Pep Guardiola side.

City will be keen to continue racking up the goals here in order to remain the early pace setters in the league this season. Home form is something Guardiola sides are renowned for, he will be expecting a tough tie but nothing less than three points from this game.

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West Ham United bounced back from their opening day defeat to pick up a late win over Bournemouth in their first league game at the London Stadium last time out.

Slaven Bilic’s squad is stretched by injuries and fitness concerns to his key players even this early on in the season, he will be hoping to make a couple of extra signings before the window closes.

The Hammers have struggled away against Manchester City but did win in this fixture last season, they will be looking to frustrate their opponents in this tie but will be expecting to see little of the ball.

West Ham will be hoping to bounce back from being knocked out of Europe on Thursday with a positive result here, but the fans will be bracing themselves for a disappointing week as they take on arguably the strongest squad in the league.

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Team News

Manchester City could be without up to five through injury as Vincent Kompany, Ilkay Gündogan, Leroy Sané are all out, while Bacary Sagna and Kelechi Iheanacho are both doubts. New signing Claudio Bravo isn’t expected to make his debut this week so we can expect Willy Caballero to return to the starting XI following what appeared to be Joe Hart’s farewell in the Champions League in midweek.

West Ham have eight injury concerns heading into this tie as Aaron Cresswell, Diafra Sakho, André Ayew and Andy Carroll are all expected to be out, while Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Sofiane Feghouli and Håvard Nordtveit are all doubts.

Key Points

Manchester City’s form: W/W

West Ham United’s form: L/W

Key Stat: Manchester City have lost only one of their last ten Premier League games against West Ham at home, winning eight and drawing one.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The City goal machine has scored 37 goals in 47 Premier League games against London teams. He has an eye for goal against West Ham with six in eight league appearances.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 3-1 West Ham United – Manchester City should be taking all three points in the majority of their home games this season if we are to believe that Guardiola is the real deal and this game is no exception. West Ham United have a squad that is being stretched through injuries and fitness issues but will still be able to cause City problems here, just not enough to win the game.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Stoke City vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Stoke City vs. Manchester City

Venue: Bet365 Stadium – Saturday, August 20 – 12:30 BST (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Stoke City 19/5 – Draw  14/5 – Manchester City 7/10

Match Preview

Stoke City welcome Manchester City to the newly named Bet365 Stadium in Pep Guardiola’s first away trip in the Premier League, and its arguably one of the hardest places to visit.

Stoke will feel disappointed with the opening day draw with Middlesbrough. Albeit a tricky away trip to a newly promoted team, Mark Hughes will feel like his side could have potentially come away with three points.

It will be a huge task for Stoke to try and improve on last year with the only notable signing thus far being Joe Allen from Liverpool. Their respectable total of 51 points last season will be a tough tally to beat.

However, consistency may be key for the Potters as they have managed to avoid any major exits and are looking to bolster their squad as far as we are aware. A mid-table finish would be a good season for Stoke this year.

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Manchester City have spent big to support Pep Guardiola’s quest for a debut season Premier League title and the bookmakers have them as favourites at the moment.

A dominant display against Sunderland last Saturday was expected but they were far from convincing in the final third, which is not a common fate in Guardiola sides.

However, the main talking point from the opening weekend was the omission of Joe Hart from the starting line up, which has seen the rumours of an imminent move doing the rounds.

Guardiola’s arrival promises excitement and a forward thinking approach that should refresh the league as a whole, but he risks destabilising a well-assembled squad with big decisions like the Hart omission.

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Team News

Stoke City’s Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Afellay are out till the new year with a broken leg and a ruptured ACL respectively. Glen Johnson has a thigh muscle strain and the game comes to soon for his return. Jack Butland could make his return from an ankle injury that kept him out of the Euros, but he is a doubt.

Manchester City have three injuries to deal with as Leroy Sane is still without a return date on his hamstring. Vincent Kompany is still out with a thigh strain and Ilkay Gundogan has a knee injury. Joe Hart is expected to stay on the bench with a move seeming closer by the day.

Key Points

Stoke City’s form: D

Manchester City’s form: W

Key Stat: Sergio Aguero has scored six goals in his six appearances against Stoke City.

Key Player: Raheem Sterling – After a Euros to forget for the young England winger, he was clearly out to impress on his new manager’s debut. It will be interesting to see if he can fulfil his full potential under Pep Guardiola.

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Score Prediction

Stoke City 1-3 Manchester City  Stoke away is always a tough ask, but City’s dominance in possession last weekend should provide an indication for how this game will be played. Expect Stoke to be a threat on the counter but City should win comfortably.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Sunderland

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, August 13 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Man City 1/4 – Draw 19/4 – Sunderland 11/1

Match Preview

Manchester City kick off their 2016/17 Premier League campaign and new era under manager Pep Guardiola at home against Sunderland on Saturday evening.

It’s certainly an exciting time to be a City fan and they will be expecting their side to get off to a winning start here. Fans will be demanding much more than last seasons finish of 4th, they scraped into a Champions League playoff place and given Guardiola’s winning mentality, that would be a complete failure this time around.

Guardiola has made some big money signings throughout the summer transfer window and he will be expecting the new additions, along with the quality in the current squad, to make a strong challenge to win the Premier League.

Manchester City have a strong home record against Sunderland. They have won 11 of the last 13 meetings between the sides in all competitions. And if previous results are anything to go by we could be in for a goal-fest here, as City have scored at least three goals against Sunderland in seven of their last eight home meetings.

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Sunderland will be looking to avoid another relegation battle this season and the club have replaced Sam Allardyce with David Moyes. It is a good appointment for the club, as despite his struggles at Manchester United, Moyes has a wealth of Premier League experience.

The Black Cats stayed up by two points at the end of last season, thanks to the guidance of Allardyce, and it is now time for them to try and push to the next level. A mid-table finish will be an achievable target if Sunderland can iron out their defensive issues that nearly cost them last season.

Moyes has just started to make some summer signings, while some long-term servants have departed the club. There is quality in the Sunderland side, but they have to build a team around a core of players to prove tougher opposition this season.

Sunderland couldn’t have had it much more difficult in their opening game. The buzz around City will be a huge task for them to deal with, but if they can take anything away from their opening weekend fixture confidence will be sky-high. This will be an interesting tie to watch.

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Team News

Manchester City have added the likes of Ilkay Gundogan (£21m), Nolito (£13.8m), Leroy Sane (£37m) and most recently John Stones (£47.5m) to their squad. Guardiola already has some selection headaches as Gundogan, Sane and captain Vincent Kompany are unlikely to feature until September through injuries. Stones has a huge task ahead of him to step up to the mark and fill in for Kompany in the heart of the City defence. We can expect Guardiola to setup with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Sergio Aguero leading the line. Nolito could make his debut out on the left flank, while David Silva is likley to start in the number ten role. Kevin De Bruyne will more than likely start on the right. So far City have only seen two players depart, goalkeeper Richard Wright and Martin Demichelis are their completed outs.

Sunderland have released Wes Brown, Steve Harper and Danny Graham ahead of this season. Their completed ins are former United players Donald Love and Paddy McNair. David Moyes must utilise Jermaine Defoe and build a team to feed their frontman. He netted 15 goals in 33 appearances last season and if they can supply him he will be able to cause opposition defenders headaches like he has done his whole career. There are some concerns about Defoe’s fitness as well as Sebastian Larsson, Jan Kirchhoff and Billy Jones, all four players will be racing to get fit for their opener.

Key Points

Manchester City’s last five: N/A

Sunderland’s last five: N/A

Key Stat: Guardiola saw his Bayern side lose just twice last season, once at home and once away, and they won 15 of their 17 home games. If that is anything to go by we could expect City to become a formidable force at home this season.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The obvious choice but Aguero is so integral to City. If Guardiola can get his squad playing his style, Aguero will score for fun. The Argentine goal-machine is so deadly and he will be relishing the battle to win the golden boot this season and fire City to silverware.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 3-0 Sunderland – City to start off with a bang. This is going to be a very difficult task for Sunderland. While many people have tipped Guardiola to find the Premier League very difficult to adapt to, he will have his side ready to go here. Sunderland will be pleased to get one of the toughest places to visit out of the way so early on.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Manchester City

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, April 16 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Chelsea 8/5 – Draw 12/5 – Manchester City 13/8

Match Preview

Chelsea welcome Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening in a tie which could have a major impact on the race for a top four finish in the Premier League.

Chelsea players and fans alike will be relieved when their nightmare season is over, but they still have a job to do and will be looking to end the campaign as strongly as possible. Chelsea come into this one off the back of their 1-0 away loss against Swansea – a performance that epitomised their season as they lacked the required quality once again.

The Blues sit 10th in the Premier League, 14 points behind City in 4th and their inability to find consistent form this season leaves little surprise as to why they trail the top four by such a large margin.

Chelsea won the last meeting between these sides 5-1 in the FA Cup, but the City side was completely tinkered with ahead of that tie and almost all 11 regulars didn’t feature.

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Manchester City will be full of confidence heading into this tie having reach their first ever Champions League semifinal in midweek.

There is still work to do domestically for City to ensure they finish in the top four. They are four points ahead of 5th place so they cannot afford anything but wins in their remaining games to secure a top four spot. Their fate is in their own hands.

City’s stars will be looking to atone for the 5-1 drubbing last time out at the Bridge and show Chelsea that they would have progressed in the cup were it not for a weaker side taking to the field.

Manchester City have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2013, though they’ll be expecting to put that run to an end this time around in a battle between two sides with little respect for each other.

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Team News

Chelsea’s squad is riddled with injuries. Kurt Zouma, Eden Hazard, Loic Remy, John Terry and Nemanja Matic are all expected to miss out, while Gary Cahill and Willian are both doubts. Diego Costa returns from suspension so he will be expecting to start.

Manchester City have just two injury concerns. Raheem Sterling is out while captain Vincent Kompany is still troubled by injury and looks unlikely to feature.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/D/W/L 

Manchester City’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/L/W/W

Key Stat: Chelsea have drawn six of their last seven home matches in the Premier League.

Key Player: Kevin De Bruyne – The former Chelsea man is in scintillating form and has scored four in his last five in all competitions. He was instrumental in City’s Champions League progression and will likely come back to haunt his former club on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City – City to coast through this tie against a Chelsea side who won’t be a match with the Citizens set to take another step towards a much-needed top four finish. The Blues hadn’t lost in the league under Guus Hiddink until last week but they didn’t look anywhere near good enough to take three points and may struggle against a buoyant City team here.