Mark Lawrenson has ruled out Chelsea FC denying Manchester City a 14th victory of the Premier League season at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.
The defending Premier League champions will make the trip to the English capital for the third time in four games after victories at West Ham and Watford in the last few weeks.
Manchester City edged to a 2-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night to maintain their two-point lead over their title challengers Liverpool FC.
The Reds will have the opportunity to hoist themselves above Manchester City for at least a couple of hours when Liverpool FC take on Bournemouth in the early kick off on Saturday.
Manchester City will take on Chelsea FC in the day’s final fixture as the Citizens look to win their fourth successive game against the west London side.
The Eastlands outfit were 1-0 winners against Chelsea FC in September last year, securing a victory that provided the Citizens with a springboard to go on and win the title.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Manchester City to secure three points against Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge.
“Chelsea made a fabulous start to the season but I have never seen them as genuine contenders in the title race,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“This has become an even tougher game for Blues boss Maurizio Sarri with his side losing two of their past three away games, and I am going for a City win here.
“Away from the Champions League, very few teams have really tested City this season – Liverpool gave them a good game at Anfield and they drew at Wolves, but Wolves’ goal should never have been allowed anyway.
“So it is going to be interesting to see how close Chelsea get to them, and whether they can make life difficult for the champions at all. I really do have my doubts.”
Chelsea FC haven’t beaten Manchester City since a 2-1 win at The Etihad in their title-winning campaign under Antonio Conte in 2016-17.