Chelsea VS Man City LIVE Football Score 05/01/2023

Chelsea VS Man City LIVE Football Score 05/01/2023

Chelsea and Man City meet for a showpiece showdown at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Thursday, January 5th. Both clubs need the lift that a victory would provide in this heavyweight bout in the capital. Read our free predictions and find the latest odds for the fixture below in our detailed match preview. Man City need a victory to reignite their faltering Premier League title defence when they head south to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday. Read our top predictions for this week’s fixture below.

It feels like he’s only there a wet day, but pressure is already starting to build on new Chelsea boss Graham Potter and fresh doubts about his acumen surfaced on New Year’s Day following the Blues’ dismal showing at Nottingham Forest. Chelsea have now won only once in their last seven attempts in the Premier League and their performances remain flat enough to suggest they will struggle against Man City on Thursday. The Cityzens sleepwalked through their 1-1 draw with Everton last time out, but with Arsenal starting to disappear over the horizon at the table’s summit, we expect the defending champions to play with renewed focus in London. Side with the much-stronger visitors here.

Erling Haaland rarely fails to deliver the goods and despite being fed fewer opportunities than usual against Everton last week, the Norwegian hotshot still managed to convert a half chance. The 22-year-old has now plundered 21 goals in just 15 appearances in his maiden Premier League campaign and he is on course to break all sorts of long-standing top tier records before May. A Haaland goal usually comes with the match ticket and we recommend backing the lethal finisher to register anytime again on Thursday.

Raheem Sterling hasn’t quite lived up to expectations following his big-money move to Chelsea, though the England winger did manage to nab his fourth Premier League goal of the campaign when he notched against Forest on Sunday. Sterling, of course, will be desperate to showcase his skills against his former employers, Man City, on Thursday, though he will need to drag his performance levels up to make an impact.

The first instalment of a double-header, Chelsea travel to The Etihad for an FA Cup contest on Sunday, sees Graham Potter’s men entertain champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Potter will be eager for his side to take the initiative and secure a positive result, but their issue has been hitting the back of the net on a frequent basis.

For perspective, Erling Haaland has scored 21 goals alone – one more than Chelsea have managed across the entire Premier League season.

Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling are the Blues’ joint top scorers with four apiece and that doesn’t bode well in a match where, more than likely, they will need to score at least twice to win. City will be looking to get back to winning ways immediately after their draw with Everton at the weekend, and it’s rare they drop points in consecutive matches.

In terms of goals conceded, City boast the joint-best away record as they’re one of three clubs to have conceded just six goals.

While they have conceded in four of their seven away matches, they’ve only shipped two or more on one occasion and Pep Guardiola will be hoping his men can keep Chelsea, with an attack that isn’t firing on all cylinders, at bay.

Manchester City are rightly favourites heading into this clash as they definitely have the upper hand over opponents who are still trying to get to grips with what new boss Potter is trying to implement.

But City do give you chances and even if Chelsea aren’t exactly prolific right now, they should be able to get on the scoresheet, as they have done in six of their seven league games at the Bridge.

Seven points separate Chelsea from a place in the top four, but Brentford – who occupy the seventh and potentially final continental place – are only one point clear of their near neighbours having played two games more, and the January arrivals could soon arrive en masse for the Blues. While David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos are earmarked as talents of the future, Benoit Badiashile ought to hit the ground running as Chelsea’s latest in a long line of defensive acquisitions, while progress is believed to have been made in their efforts to bring Benfica and Argentina star Enzo Fernandez to the English capital. As fans eagerly anticipate news of transfer dealings, Potter is working to improve a meagre tally of just one win from his side’s last seven Premier League contests, although runaway leaders Arsenal are the only side to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in top-flight action this term.

Opposition players scoring goal-of-the-season worthy efforts at the Etihad is nothing new – see Andros Townsend in 2018-19 – and Everton’s Demarai Gray put his name in the hat for the personal accolade to further dent Man City’s hopes of a third successive Premier League title. After Erling Braut Haaland had scored his customary goal – taking him up to 21 for the Premier League season – Gray rifled an arrowed shot into the top corner via the underside of the crossbar to spark pandemonium in the away end, and there was to be no late reprieve for the hosts. Failure to overcome the Toffees saw Man City enter the New Year a whopping seven points behind Arsenal in the table; that gap has since increased to eight after the Gunners’ goalless draw with Newcastle United, which also leaves the Magpies just one adrift of the champions.

Manchester City are looking to close the gap on the Premier League leaders as they travel to west London in what will be the first of two meetings with Chelsea in less than a week. Ahead of their meeting in the FA Cup third round at the Etihad Stadium comes a top-flight matchup on Thurday where a great deal is at stake for both sides. City can close the gap on top-of-the-table Arsenal to five points with a win at Stamford Bridge, a result that would bring pressure on Chelsea boss Graham Potter, whose side have won just one of their last seven in the Premier League. Missing out on Champions League qualification looks to be a real risk for the Blues, they will need to pick up results swiftly.

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