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Manchester City vs Chelsea English Premier League preview – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 24th, 2010 by Ian

Manchester City vs Chelsea English Premier League preview
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Even though it’s just the sixth game of the season, Sept. 25th’s English Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Eastlands is crucial for City and manger Roberto Mancini. A loss at home to league-leading Chelsea would see fourth-place City fall 10 points behind them in the title race and that won’t sit well with City fans and their owner.

Chelsea’s been red hot to start the new season with a perfect record of five wins, but they’ve all come against some of the dregs of the Premier League. They were faced with a bit of a stiffer test on Wednesday in the Carling Cup and failed it as they lost 4-3 to Newcastle. However, some of the regulars weren’t dressed.

The club also lost Salomon Kalou and Yossi Benayoun to muscle injuries in that match and it’s unsure how long they’ll be out. Frank Lampard is likely to miss the trip to Manchester as well, but captain and defender John Terry is back.

So far, it appears scoring goals and keeping them out hasn’t been a problem for the London club as they’ve outscored their opposition 21-2 in their league games. Florent Malouda has started the season on fire as he has six goals already, while only scoring 12 all of last season. Chelsea’s’ pretty strong at the back and keeper Petr Cech is one of the best in the league, well, in the world for that matter.

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City has gotten off to a mediocre start by dropping seven points already. They’ve drawn with Spurs and Blackburn and have been beaten by Sunderland. Their wins came against Liverpool (3-0) and Wigan (2-0). They also lost 2-1 to West Brom in the Carling Cup this week.

City is hurting at the back and may have only three fit defenders for the game as Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, and Jerome boating may be out. But striker Emmanuel Adebayor could be back. The status of Shaun Wright-Phillips, Aleksander Kolarov, and Mario Balotelli is up in the air.

However, it’s doubtful, anybody feels sorry for City as they’ve shelled out about a billion dollars on players over the past couple of season and there’s no reason they shouldn’t have a full squad ready.

Mancini has been criticized for his handling of the team since he took over and has recently been blamed for the team’s current rash of injuries due to his training methods. He’s walking on thin ice and it may just crack underneath him with a loss here.

Manchester City vs Chelsea Betting Odds and Predictions

Chelsea has enough scoring strength with Malouda, Didier Drogba, and Nicolas Anelka in the lineup to do some damage and should be able to win this game by about 3-1 if City’s going with a patchwork defence. City will need to rely on players such as Carlos Tevez, James Milner and Adam Johnson to create some offence and may need a big game from keeper Joe Hart.

Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of a Man City win at 12/5, with a Chelsea win at 6/5 and a draw at 11/5.

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