It is match day 26 in the English premier league and it is fair to say that the excitement has reached fever pitch as the teams struggle to get the last points up for grabs in the league. From the title winner to the top four all the way down to the relegation zone, there are several battles which are still raging on despite the end of the season looming. When Chelsea visits the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, it would surely be a match that would have a bearing on how the season would end.
Manchester City is a team that is on a quest. To retain the title in the English premier has proved elusive for many teams in the premier league in the previous seasons. However, Manchester City is looking to break the jinx. The only team with a good chance of stopping Liverpool remains top of the pile. A win against Chelsea would see Manchester City go equal on points having played a game more. They would go top with a win because of their higher superior goal advantage. They have so far been able to amass a total of 62 points in the league. It has often been said that this type of matches shows the difference between a champion and mere title contender. A loss here against Chelsea would end their title hopes.
Chelsea is a team who are struggling to keep up with their rivals. The last spot for the top four. Repeated losses threatened to derail their season. However, with the loan purchase of Higuain from AC Milan, they would be looking to change their recent story. A loss for Chelsea here would take them right into the intense battle of the top four. They would be equal in points with Arsenal and a point below Manchester United. It is set right on the edges of chaos.
The form of both teams clearly shows two teams who are picking up the pace. Manchester City has won five of their last six matches. The only match they have lost has been to Newcastle. They are ramping up the pressure as the season gallops to an end. It remains to be seen how they would handle the pressure of playing against Chelsea in the league.
Chelsea’s form has not been any different. They have managed to win four out of their last six games in the league. The remaining matches have ended up in losses. They have only lost to Arsenal and Bournemouth in their last six games. They would be wary of the fact that Manchester City is a tough place to go in the league. They would have to sign up their game if they want to get something out of this game.
When they come up against each other this Sunday, there will be a lot of respect between both teams. However, when the whistle blows for the start of the game, all that would be forgotten as the stakes are too high for that to be on the minds of the players.
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