Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man City v Chelsea FC

The Liverpool FC legend is backing Manchester City to beat Chelsea FC at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri (Photo: The Sport Review)

Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester City will beat Chelsea FC on Sunday despite backing Gonzalo Higuain to get on the score-sheet at The Etihad.

The Citizens have managed to get through a challenging week unscathed following successive victories over Arsenal and Everton.

Pep Guardiola’s side were 3-1 winners against Arsenal on Eastlands last weekend before Manchester City eased to a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

The Citizens made the most of their opportunity to put Liverpool FC under pressure ahead of the Merseyside outfit’s clash against Fulham on Saturday.

Chelsea FC were 5-0 winners against Huddersfield Town last weekend after Higuain and Eden Hazard both scored two goals in a landslide win at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri’s have struggled to find consistency since seeing their unbeaten start come to an end in a 2-0 loss at Tottenham at the end of November.

Indeed, the Blues have lost five times in the last two months to leave their hopes of finishing in the top four in doubt.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson believes Higuain will score in successive Premier League games for the first time but the BBC Sport pundit is still backing Manchester City to win.

“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,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“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.”

Lawrenson added: “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.”

Higuain moved to Chelsea FC from Serie A champions Juventus on loan for the remainder of the season.

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