Chelsea vs Manchester City Preview

Chelsea or Manchester City could land the first big blow of the Premier League title race on Saturday when they meet at Stamford Bridge.

The current Premier League champions did the double over City last season, winning 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium before an Eden Hazard double was enough for a 2-1 victory in west London. In fact, Chelsea have the overall edge in the recent head-to-heads having lost only one of their last seven Premier League games against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge (W4 D2).

Furthermore, Pep Guardiola has faced Chelsea seven times as a manager and failed to win any (D4 L3), although City travel to London in red-hot form. City have scored a remarkable 16 goals in their last three Premier League games and are unbeaten in their last 14 league matches.

Stats

Manchester City lost both Premier League matches against Chelsea last season. Pep Guardiola has only ever lost three consecutive matches against an opponent once before in his managerial career - he lost three in a row against Real Madrid between April 2012 and April 2014 (one in La Liga, two in the Champions League).

Manchester City have scored 21 goals in their six Premier League matches so far this season. 

Hazard has had a hand in five goals in his last five Premier League apps against the Citizens (three goals, two assists).

Alvaro Morata has scored six goals in his first six Premier League appearances; three with his head and three with his right foot. The top goal-scoring player in their first seven appearances as a Premier League player is Mick Quinn (10 goals) followed by Diego Costa (nine goals).

Verdict

With Manchester City missing important players, they might have a difficult time outscoring Chelsea. Chelsea boosted their confidence after beating Atletico Madrid and this puts them in a very good position. Conte's men are more likely to take the win.