Alan Smith states his prediction for Man City v Chelsea
Alan Smith looks ahead to Manchester City's clash with Chelsea at The Etihad on Saturday
Alan Smith is tipping Chelsea to beat Manchester City in Saturday’s Premier League clash at The Etihad.
The west London side head into the game flying high at the top of the Premier League table after a stunning start to the season under new boss Antonio Conte.
Indeed, the Blues have won their last seven games on the spin in the top flight to leave them one point clear at the top of the Premier League table heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures.
Chelsea came from a goal down to beat Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge last weekend as they continued their winning run in the top flight.
And former Arsenal star Smith feels that Chelsea could well have the edge over City heading into this weekend’s top-flight showdown at The Etihad.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Smith said: “I do not think it will be a dull nil-nil, I think back to when [Jose] Mourinho brought a Chelsea team there and did a tactical masterclass, it was described as, to really grind out a result.
“Guardiola’s teams are not that sort where they can really ensure a clean sheet, they always give you a bit of encouragement and a mistake at the back, he has not got that side of things sorted yet.
“They’re absolutely brilliant at times going forward, but they are coming up against a Chelsea team who will think: “We almost have a free hit here, we can have a go”, and Conte does have the ability to sit there with that three or five-man defence and then hit on the break with the pace of Hazard and the finishing of Costa.
“It will be a great clash and I would not be surprised to see Chelsea win it.”
Chelsea are looking to bounce back from their disastrous 10th-placed finish in the top flight last season as they ended the campaign without a trophy.