Mark Lawrenson is predicting that Manchester City will record a comfortable victory when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.
The BBC pundit thinks that the Blues’ poor recent results, combined with City’s improved defensive record this season, mean that the away side will come out on top:
“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.”
Lawrenson is predicting a 2-0 win for the Citizens, which is somewhat surprising considering Chelsea’s form at home. As Lawro himself points out, Frank Lampard’s side have a very good record at Stamford Bridge this campaign.
In fact, only Liverpool have picked up more points on their own ground, with the Blues’ only defeat at the Bridge coming against the Reds back in September.
City’s performances away from the Etihad, in contrast, have been a mixed bag, having won three, drawn three and lost one so far. They don’t concede many goals, though, so Lawrenson is probably correct to say they will keep a clean sheet. Will it be as comfortable a win as he predicts, though, we shall have to wait and see.