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Pep Guardiola’s side have the quality to beat Chelsea by three clear goals.
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Manchester City are almost there. A victory over Chelsea on Sunday would see them crowned champions of England for the fifth time in six years. They might not even need to win: if Arsenal lose to Nottingham Forest the previous day, City will no longer be catchable at the summit of the standings.
For a long time this season, it looked like Pep Guardiola’s side would miss out on the prize. They spent virtually the entire first half of the campaign in second place.
After a 2-1 loss to Manchester United in the middle of January, they fell five points behind Arsenal having played a game more. The Gunners were in fantastic form and the best online sportsbooks made them the favorites to win their first Premier League title since 2004.
A few weeks after that loss at Old Trafford, City went down 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur. No one knew it at the time, but that defeat proved to be a turning point. Since that setback in north London, Guardiola’s men have been almost perfect in the Premier League.
Indeed, City have taken 40 points from the last 42 available. Their only slip-up since coming unstuck against Spurs was a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest, a game which City would have won nine times out of 10 on the balance of play. A run of 11 consecutive wins has put them within touching distance of the trophy.
Arsenal have ultimately not been able to live with City. Mikel Arteta’s men will regret their recent dip in form, but when they play as they have done in recent weeks, no team on the planet could keep up with City. There is no shame in coming second to a side as brilliant as this.
It feels a long time ago now, but Chelsea began the campaign as potential Premier League title outsiders. They finished third last season and spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the summer transfer market as Todd Boehly, the club’s new chairman, made his mark.
Yet this has been a disastrous season for Chelsea, who are on course to finish in the bottom half of the top flight for the first time since 1995/96. Relative to resources and expectations, there is an argument that this has been the outright worst campaign by any team in the Premier League era.
Chelsea’s top-four hopes vanished long ago. Over the last few months, they have even dropped out of the race for the Europa League and the Europa Conference League. The Blues will finish below Fulham and Brentford, their two West London rivals who both operate on a fraction of their budget.
Boehly has been extraordinarily naive in his first year at the helm, and we can expect him to take a step back from now on. Chelsea are close to finalizing the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino, who will succeed the interim manager Frank Lampard at the end of the campaign.
Rather than competing for silverware in the here and now, the Blues are already looking ahead to next term. One thing is for sure: they cannot fare any worse than they have in 2022/23.
This summer will be pivotal for the club. A bloated squad needs significant surgery, and outgoings could be more important than incomings. Having said that, Pochettino will want to bring in two or three players of his choosing as he strives to lift the malaise at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City will be on cloud nine on Sunday. Not only will they have the chance to win the Premier League title, they will also be full of optimism following a 4-0 thrashing of Real Madrid on Wednesday.
That win saw City progress to the Champions League final, where they will face Serie A side Inter next month. This is their best chance yet to be crowned kings of the continent for the first time in the club’s history.
Moreover, a treble is very much on the cards. City are now just three victories away from that accomplishment. One more win in the Premier League would bring them the title. And a week before the Champions League final, they will do battle with Manchester United in the FA Cup’s showpiece event.
It is hard to see how Chelsea will be able to live with City on Sunday. Even if Guardiola shuffles his pack after the exertions of midweek, the champions will have far too much quality for a team that is struggling for confidence.
A hefty home win could be in the offing in this one. We recommend backing Manchester City with a -2.5 handicap in the spread betting market.
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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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