Matchweek 35 of the 2020-21 Premier League season kicked off yesterday at the King power stadium, as Newcastle recorded a big win over Leicester City in their quest to avoid relegation this season.
The premier League title race is all but over, but the formality of mathematical confirmation still remains. Manchester City will have to chance to seal the deal this weekend, when they play hosts to Chelsea at the Etihad on Saturday evening, in what will also be a dress rehearsal of sorts for the UEFA Champions League final later this month.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool will also be in action this weekend!
Manchester City have been absolutely sensational since December, although in the past month or so, they have surprisingly lost a couple of league game at home. But, with the Citizens boasting the best defensive and attacking record in the division, it is hardly a surprise that they are cruising to the title, with nearest challengers Manchester United 13 points adrift.
Chelsea have been transformed under the tutelage of Thomas Tuchel, having kept a clean sheet in 18 of their 24 games since the German tactician took charge. Furthermore, Chelsea are starting to show better pedigree in attack with every passing game, as has been seen in the recent wins over Fulham and Real Madrid.
Manchester City and Chelsea have already locked horns twice this season, with the Citizens getting the better of the Blues in the reverse fixture before Thomas Tuchel’s charges handed them a 1-0 loss in the FA Cup semi-final last month.
None of the last 11 Premier League meetings between Manchester City and Chelsea have finished level, with the Citizens winning seven to Chelsea’s four. Man City had only won seven of their first 36 Premier League meetings with the Blues (D7 L22).
Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 11 of their 15 Premier League games under Thomas Tuchel - the most shutouts recorded by any manager in their first 15 games in the competition’s history. The Blues are looking to win three league games in a row without conceding for the first time since November 2017.
Having failed to win any of his first five meetings with Pep Guardiola in all competitions, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel won the last meeting between the two managers in the FA Cup semi-final last month.
Liverpool will be hoping to close the gap to the top four in the Premier League table when they lock horns with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side at Anfield in Matchweek 35 on Saturday night.
heading into the match, find themselves in the seventh place in the standings, seven points off of Chelsea in fourth, although the Reds do have a game in hand courtesy of their cancelled fixture against Manchester United last weekend due to protests at Old Trafford. Prior to that, though, Jurgen Klopp’s side had drawn three games in a row in all competitions, most recently being held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle United.
Southampton on the other hand, have won just three of their 11 league games since the turn of the year and are without a win in their last four in all competitions, although they did manage to hold Leicester City to a 1-1 draw last time out. As a result, the Saints have dropped down to the 16th place in the standings, but are safe from the threat of relegation, sitting ten points clear of the drop zone.
The reverse fixture, played at St. Mary’s Stadium, saw Southampton pick up a hard-fought 1-0 win over Liverpool.
Nat Phillips has returned from the injury that kept him out of the last two matches, although Caoimhin Kelleher, Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Divock Origi and Jordan Henderson are all ruled out.
Takumi Minimino is ineligible to face his parent club, while Michael Obafemi is doubtful and Oriol Romeu, William Smallbone, Ryan Bertrand and Danny Ings are sidelined.
Liverpool probable Lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Liverpool have conceded at least once in each of their last eight Premier League home games. Only twice have they had longer runs without a home clean sheet in the competition, going nine games between September - December 1996 and nine between December 1998 - May 1999.