CHELSEA can give Manchester City a good game on Sunday – but it is obvious that all is not well with Maurizio Sarri’s team at the moment.
That is the view of BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson, who has made his prediction for the game at the Etihad.
City have enjoyed a marvellous few days and ahead of this weekend’s fixtures they sit top of the Premier League on goal difference.
Two consecutive draws for Liverpool combined with two wins for Manchester City has helped Pep Guardiola’s men close the gap at the top.
While Liverpool still have a game in hand over the champions, the pressure is now well and truly on Jurgen Klopp and his team to beta Bournemouth.
Chelsea also have problems currently and travel to Manchester with mixed emotions.
After being embarrassed 4-0 at Bournemouth the Blues replied emphatically last weekend, thrashing Huddersfield 5-0.
But amid fresh rumours about star man Eden Hazard leaving the club in the summer and the backlash from Sarri’s comments about issues in motivating his players, Chelsea are a somewhat Jekyll and Hyde team at the moment.
They do though have Gonzalo Higuain to try and help them score the goals they have sadly been lacking this season.
The Argentina international, on loan from Juventus, netted twice in the win last week and Lawrenson thinks he can play a part against City.
“The stories about Eden Hazard going to Real Madrid just seem to get stronger and stronger every week, but as long as he keeps performing then that is not an issue,” he said.
“This is going to be City’s toughest game of the week, because Chelsea have got some very good players.
“I would back Gonzalo Higuain to score for Chelsea, and his movement in the box is top class, but City are on a roll, and I am going to go with them to win it.”
Ultimately though Lawrenson thinks City will back up their two wins this week with a third, winning the game 2-1.
“City have had a big week with games against Arsenal and Everton, but they were able to start with Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling on the bench against the Toffees, so at least those two will be fairly fresh,” he added.
“Chelsea have had the week off after thumping Huddersfield last weekend but I don’t think that win over the Terriers changes the fact that all is not well with Sarri’s team.
“They will still pose a threat to City’s title bid, though.”