Analysis

FLIP’s Picks In-Play: Man City vs Chelsea

Written by Sam Hopkinson

It’s a real Super Sunday clash this weekend as most people’s top two title contenders, Man City and Chelsea, go head to head at the Etihad Stadium.

With such a titanic clash coming so soon into the new season, we thought we’d mark the occasion by giving you the chance to win a Premier League shirt of your choice!

All you have to do to be in with a chance is download the FLIP Sports app and enter a team into the fantasy public league for Man City vs Chelsea prior to the game kicking off.  We’ll then pull a winner out of the proverbial hat and notify the lucky rascal via email. Terms apply

And to help with your team selection, here are our ones to watch in the game.

DEFENDER

John Terry

Terry is Chelsea’s indomitable pitbull of a Captain, and has continued to play out of his skin this year. The team have suffered two unwelcome results in their last two games, but Terry played in every single Chelsea league game last season, and would be expected to do the same again if he can stay fit. He’s a known quantity and FLIP Sports reckons he’s a solid base to build your fantasy team around.

MIDFIELD

David Silva

Probably the easiest position to pick for this game, David Silva gets the nod from FLIP Sports. Silva was at his scintillating best against West Brom, and its a good bet that some of that form will carry into this game. He managed 4 key passes, more than any other player—and notched an assist. With question marks over Yaya Toure’s ability to be as consistently good as he was, Silva will have to really step up this season to help City win the title. He may struggle against Chelsea’s generally excellent defence and Nemanja Matic will be expected to keep a tight leash on the Spaniard, but we’d still expect him to have a strong influence on the game.

STRIKER

Sergio Aguero

Aguero only got twenty minutes or so against West Brom after his summer exertions at the Copa America, but is likely to start such an important game. The Argentine is a key part of how Manchester City play, and is vital to their title hopes this season. FLIP Sports decided against a Chelsea striker because of the question marks surrounding Diego Costa’s fitness—and his backups Remy and Falcao can’t be relied on yet to come up with the goods. In such a crunch match, Mourinho will almost certainly play more defensively, looking to channel any Chelsea counter through players like Fabregas and Hazard, not his stikers.

Aguero was the winner of the Golden Boot last season, and is certainly a candidate to win it again if he can maintain his often questionable fitness. His injury record has done City no favours. It is no exaggeration to think City could have won the title had Aguero managed to stay healthy.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Asmir Begovic

This game’s honourable mention pick is for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. After Thibaut Courtois’ red card against Swansea, Begovic will be given a rare chance in goal for the Blues. He wasn’t very impressive in pre-season and was a large part of why Chelsea lost. However, his quality was clear for all to see at Stoke and can be expected to do reasonably well this outing having been given this responsibility. Mourinho is also sure to find a way of protecting him should Begovic require it.

About the author

Sam Hopkinson

Sam has attended matches everywhere from Cambodia to Canada, and is a persistent Spurs fan. If he didn’t have football, he’d probably turn to a life of crime just to get that exhilarating fix. Superstitious enough to believe that picking a player for his fantasy team spells doom for the poor sod.