The Blues have had their defensive problems this season, and Nicholas feels it could be their undoing when they come up against Pep Guardiola’s in-form team:
“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. You can get at them.”
“Billy Gilmour was left out, as we know what N’Golo Kante can do. Chelsea will be a handful going forward, and if City don’t win, Liverpool will 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.”
Nicholas has gone for a 2-1 win for City, which is not an unfair prediction, but Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be hoping to, at least, get something out of the game in order to strengthen their top-four hopes.
The Blues won’t be thinking about potentially handing Liverpool the title; it will be all about moving themselves further clear of Manchester United, who closed to within two points after their comfortable victory against Sheffield United last night.
Lampard’s men were very good in the reverse fixture back in November, taking the lead before being pegged back by City, and they will be looking for a similar level of performance, albeit with a different result, when they kick off tonight.