Man City travel to west London to take on Chelsea in a top of the table clash on Saturday lunchtime, in what is sure to be their toughest game of the season so far.
City were held to a goalless draw last weekend meaning they sit in fifth place coming into this game, three points behind the currently unbeaten leaders Chelsea who have conceded just one goal under Thomas Tuchel this season.
After Pep Guardiola was beaten three times in the final six weeks of last season, many believe Tuchel may have his number and the Catalan coach will be keen to get a result here to earnt he psychological edge back for his side in what is sure to be a close title race this season.
MEN Sport has rounded together the predictions of some pundits, who are all in agreement that City will find it tough to get a positive result.
Michael Owen for BetVictor: "There’s only one place to start this week and this is probably the biggest game of the season so far. I say this every week, but Chelsea just keep getting better and better. Last week against Spurs they didn’t start well but Tuchel showed why he’s one of the very best and made some halftime changes. They’ve conceded just the once so far this season and after storming to a win in the second half last week, they are bound to enter this game feeling unbeatable.
"I thought City had turned a corner, after scoring six against Leipzig in the Champions League, so the draw against Southampton took me by surprise. In fact, they were a little fortunate to not lose that game.
"Tuchel won all three games against City last season, knocking them out of two cups along the way. After beating them in the Champions League Final in Porto, it’s clear to me that this is a good matchup for Chelsea. I’d expect City to bounce back from a poor performance last week, but I think Chelsea will be too strong here and narrowly edge it."
Michael Owen's prediction - Chelsea 2-1 Man CIty
Mark Lawrenson for BBC Sport: "The last time Manchester City went to Stamford Bridge, in January, they took Chelsea apart with three goals in the first 35 minutes, but that was before Thomas Tuchel took over and this is a very different Chelsea side now.
"The games between the big four - these two, plus Liverpool and Manchester United - are going to be so important this season. It seems pretty obvious they will end up clear of the rest, but in what order? These meetings, and their mini-league, will decide that.
"Chelsea are going very well and brushed Spurs aside in the second half on Sunday but I can't see this being an open game, because neither manager will want to lose it."
Mark Lawrenson's prediction - Chelsea 1-1 Man City
Paul Merson for SportsKeeda: "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 4-5 times over the course of 38 games. Chelsea played both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks and ripped both of them 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 caliber. 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 center forward is hurting them already. They are looking after Kevin De Bruyne and his ankle, but this is a game he should start.
"That said, Chelsea have home advantage and are coming on the back of two stunning results, so I fancy them to get the job done.
Paul Merson's pick -Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City
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