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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Man City v Chelsea: Can Benitez outsmart Mancini?


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Manchester City have lost just once at the Etihad in 42 Premier League games but Chelsea and Rafa Benitez will fancy their chances of making it two in 43 when they roll up at the champions this afternoon.

Rafa Benitez may not be having the greatest of times at Stamford Bridge but victory today will see them close the gap on City and second place to just a point. Who would have thought that was possible on New Year's Day after losing at home to QPR?

Man City start the day 15 points behind rivals United and can ill afford any more slip-ups between now and the end of the season. Deep down everyone at City knows the title is United's, but they must not give up hope of a possible, but unlikely, disaster at Old Trafford.

After two draws and a defeat, City will be looking to follow up last weekend's convincing FA Cup win over Leeds by sending Chelsea packing this afternoon. But the Blues are undefeated since losing to a last-gasp goal at Newcastle and would love to finish above the champions.

Chelsea have lost their past three visits to the Etihad. You have to go back to September 2008 for the last time they triumphed here. But can they get the job done here today and place Roberto Mancini under more pressure at City? Our pundits have their say.

Man City v Chelsea; Kick Off 1.30pm February 24 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

1

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

1

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

TBA    

V

TBA

Everton

Chris Goodwin

3

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

2

V

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

1

Man United

Peter Johnstone

2

V

2

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

1

Norwich

Sue Read

2

V

2

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

2

V

2

Southampton

Andy Saunders

1

V

3

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

4

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

3

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

2

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

0

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

0

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

0

V    

2

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

2

V

2

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

0

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

2

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

1

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

2

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 17; Draw: 11; Away: 4. TBA 2.

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