Faced with a potentially tricky meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek, Manchester City produced yet another highly impressive display to claim a 2-0 victory and extend their exceptional start to the season. Pep Guardiola’s men now have 7 wins on the bounce, scoring 26 goals and conceding just 2 in the process of terrifying their potential rivals for the Premier League title. This evening, however, they will face their toughest test yet.
Antonio Conte’s reigning champions may have started their campaign off with a major blip at home to Burnley, but they’ve looked back to their old selves since then and have climbed to 3rd place in the Premier League. Wednesday night’s last-gasp win at Atlético Madrid underlined the star quality in Chelsea’s ranks, and they’ll be desperate to claim victory against their title rivals on home turf.
With that in mind, it’s absolutely vital that Pep Guardiola gets his team selection right. This is the XI we expect him to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||0 / 0|
|0||3||1 / 1|
|2||0||0 / 0|
|1||0||2 / 0|
|0||1||2 / 0|
|1||4||1 / 0|
|0||0||1 / 0|
|0||8||1 / 0|
|0||2||0 / 0|
|5||2||2 / 0|
|0||0||0 / 0|
|Totals||9||20||10 / 1|
|TOTAL PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE|
Sergio Agüero is the headline absentee, with the in-form Argentine having been injured in an Amsterdam car crash earlier in the week. Gabriel Jesus is a more than capable alternative, however, having scored a highly impressive 11 goals in his 15 Premier League outings to date.
At the back City also look far stronger this term; with 5 clean sheets already this term. The loss of Benjamin Mendy to a potentially long-term injury will come as a blow, but having spent £26.5m on fellow left back Danilo in the summer, Guardiola has little right to complain.
Overall, it’s a Man City side which will be more than confident of claiming another win and extending their impressive start to the season. Available at 33/1 for new Betfair customers to take all 3 points, they could just be the bet of the weekend.