Chelsea v ManCity: BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson and Sky Sports' Charlie Nicholas give their Verdicts


Football fans around the globe are buzzing again as they welcome another round of action packed English Premier League matches this mid-week. The season was truncated in March due to the out break of coronavirus pandemic. The 2019/20 resumed again on 17th June with Aston Villa/Sheffield and Manchester City/ Arsenal matches in an empty stadium. The rest of this season will be played in empty stadia. It is strange but what can fans do? Everyone, especially football players need to get used to this quickly. The match between Chelsea and Manchester City tomorrow will definately be an absolute cracker at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea top four finish is at stake, for City it is never over until it is over.

City keep tearing teams apart post Covid-19 resumption, will they do it against a resolute Chelsea at the Bridge? BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas give their verdits on this match.

Pundits Verdict

Mark Lawrenson is a former Republic of Ireland international footballer who played as a defender for Liverpool, among others, during the 1970s and 1980s. After a short career as a manager, he has since been a pundit for BBC Sport. He's one of the best football expert on this planet as regard English Premier League correct score predictions.

"Chelsea got a good win against Aston Villa on Sunday but they are still a work in progress. When they play against better teams, they play as if they know it. I am anticipating an open game at Stamford Bridge, and for City to inflict another defeat." Lawro's predicts: 1-2

Charlie Nicholas is a Scottish former professional footballer. Nicholas is best known for his spells at Celtic and Arsenal. He won 20 international caps for Scotland, including playing at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. He was a striker during his playing days. He works with Sky sports as a pundit. He's is my favourite in EPL match analysis and correct score predictions.

"Chelsea came back well with energy and enthusiasm against Aston Villa, especially with the youngsters, but you can still see that they have problems defensively. Chelsea will be a handful going forward, and if City don't win, Liverpool will more than likely win the league as a result, but I think it is looking like Liverpool having to go to City to win it. I will go for a narrow City win here." Charlie Predicts: 1-2