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Chelsea are preparing to host Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, January 3rd. Ahead of the game, BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson has stated his prediction.
“Chelsea have lost their last three away league games – at Everton, Wolves and Arsenal – but their form at Stamford Bridge has been a lot more solid.
“I am still going with a Manchester City win, though. Pep Guardiola’s side are not quite at it, in terms of going forward and opening up teams, but the trade-off for that has been their improvement defensively.
“The feel of the City team is different when they play 4-2-3-1 rather than 4-3-3 but that’s also down to the balance of attacking players in the team as well as their formation.
“Maybe Guardiola felt his side are a little bit weak at the back and wanted that protection but, by addressing that problem, it seems to have made things harder for City at the other end.
“They are still getting results, but it feels more like they are getting them by attrition.
Lawrenson’s score prediction: 0-2