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“And as the Premier League champions prepare to take on Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in search of a third win in a most testing week in this compelling title race, Sarri and his team will have good reason to be particularly wary of the brilliant Argentine.,” James Ducker writes.
“No striker with 100 goals or more to his name in the Premier League era has a better goals per minute ratio than Agüero, whose 157 in the competition have come at an average of one every 108 minutes.
“Yet it is the volume of goals against leading opposition that stands out most – five of the eight teams against whom he has found the net most count as City’s biggest rivals.”
Now moving on to predictions.
Mark Lawrenson eyes a win for us on Sunday afternoon, but believes it’ll be our toughest game of the week.
The BBC pundit writes: “City have had a big week with games against Arsenal and Everton, but they were able to start with Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling on the bench against the Toffees, so at least those two will be fairly fresh.
“Chelsea have had the week off after thumping Huddersfield last weekend but I don't think that win over the Terriers changes the fact that all is not well with Maurizio Sarri's team.
“They will still pose a threat to City's title bid, though.
“The stories about Eden Hazard going to Real Madrid just seem to get stronger and stronger every week, but as long as he keeps performing then that is not an issue.
“This is going to be City's toughest game of the week, because Chelsea have got some very good players.
“I would back Gonzalo Higuain to score for Chelsea, and his movement in the box is top class, but City are on a roll, and I am going to go with them to win it.
Sky Sports’ Paul Merson also sees us bagging three points at the Etihad against Maurizio Sarri’s side.
“I think City will win this as I just do not see how Chelsea defensively can keep them quiet on their ground and the way they pass and move it. Marcos Alonso plays as a No 10 and will be bombing forward, while David Luiz will either be a 9/10, or a 3/10! I would be shocked if Chelsea got anything from this game.
“However, despite being top of the league, City are still vulnerable, they are not like they were last season. You could see that against Arsenal last weekend as when they equalised, they were comfortable and looked the better team, but they just did not have enough.
“Chelsea have got more than Arsenal and it will be a hard game for City, but I just think that defensively, Chelsea can't be relied upon. They let in four at Bournemouth recently and if they fall behind, I just do not see them coming back, they do not have that in them.”
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