Although it is still early in the season, no one expected that Manchester City would be down in fourth place. Some key injuries, as well as some tactical ignorance from Pep Guardiola, has seen the club lose three matches, and draw one already. The club has set expectations so high the past couple seasons, accumulating 198 points in two seasons, that it is shocking to see them drop points to teams like Norwich City, and Wolves. It begs the questions as to whether Guardiola has one eye on the Champions League and has put the league on the back burner, while his key players regain fitness. That being said, Manchester City have still had incredible matches this season, and to overlook them for this match, and the title, in general, would be naive.
On the other hand, not many expected Chelsea to start as well as they have. After a horrendous showing against Manchester United in the first game of the season, they managed to pick up their form, suffering only one other loss, and two draws in 11 matches. Frank Lampard has done an admirable job with Chelsea’s youth players, with youngsters like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Fikayo Tomori all shining for club level.
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