Preview: Manchester City v Chelsea

And so we move from defeat to West Brom’s second string to the Champions. Carlo Ancelotti’s freescoring side pose our biggest test so far yet it shouldn’t be forgotten we also pose theirs.

Roberto Mancini came through the opening fixtures against Tottenham and Liverpool with four points, and will be looking for a performance at least as good as we provided against Roy Hodgson’s side. One thing’s for sure, after we did the double over them last season, Chelsea won’t be underestimating us.

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Verdict: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 4

Team Bridge triumphed over John Terry’s Chelsea thanks to determined defending, a return to form for Craig Bellamy and a return to the side by our new talisman, Carlos Tevez. This was a stunning result, the best of the season so far, and one to restore belief in our Champions League quest.

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Player ratings: Chelsea v Manchester City

Given – Back to his best. Saves from Anelka were the highlight, but equally important was his ability to hold on to shots and keep the defence focussed. 8

Richards – Possibly feeling the effects of 120 minutes against Stoke, Micah made a few clumsy tackles and struggled to get to grips with Anelka. Grew stronger as the game wore on. 6

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Preview: Chelsea v Manchester City

With our poor form, and a host of difficulties for the manager, a trip to Stamford Bridge is hardly the ideal fixture and few will be backing us to overturn recent history and get a result. Can a case be made for City to overturn expectations? Let’s have a go…

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