Paul Merson has made the rare call to back Chelsea over Manchester City to win this weekend’s huge Premier League clash.
City are travelling down to Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s game, and although it is still very early in the season, the fixture has already been touted as a pivotal moment in the season.
The two sides started the season as favourites for the title and in their opening fixtures showed exactly why.
City may have unexpectedly dropped points against Tottenham and Southampton, but commanding victories over Norwich and Arsenal mean they’re currently sitting fifth with 10 points and have conceded just once in five games.
Chelsea are currently top of the league and unbeaten with 13 points, having so far beaten Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Spurs all by 3-0 score lines and have also conceded just once in the league, courtesy of a penalty at the draw with Liverpool.
The match is of course a repeat of the 2021 Champions league final, where Thomas Tuchel’s Blues edged a 1-0 win, but Pep Guardiola’s side will be out for revenge and the chance to go top.
However, former Arsenal forward, now pundit Merson thinks otherwise, writing on SportsKeeda that he is predicting Chelsea to beat City 2-1, and says that City’s lack of a natural striker will be their undoing:
“Chelsea have home advantage and are coming on the back of two stunning results, so I fancy them to get the job done.
“They played both Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks and ripped both to shreds, so I think they will fancy their chances.
“Manchester City, on the other hand, have failed to score in two of their first five Premier League games, which is a bit worrying for a team of their calibre.
“This is obviously a hard game to call. I said from day one that every game counts this season in the Premier League – I don’t see the top four teams losing four to five times over the course of 38 games.
“I don’t usually bet against Manchester City because on their day, they blow teams away, but the fact that they don’t have a centre forward is hurting them already.”
Chelsea vs Manchester City kicks off at 12:30pm on Saturday.