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Merson: Chelsea’s poor defence will cost them against Man City

Paul Merson reckons Chelsea’s defensive deficiencies will cost them dear when they travel to the Etihad to face Man City this Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have been in inconsistent form as of late, winning only two of their last five Premier League games, and recently suffered their heaviest loss since 1996 when they fell to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat away to Bournemouth.

In his regular Sky Sports Premier League Prediction column Merson stated that he feels Chelsea’s shaky defence will be unable to handle Man City, and he predicts a 3-1 victory for the reigning Champions.

”I think City will win this as I just do not see how Chelsea defensively can keep them quiet on their ground and the way they pass and move it. Marcos Alonso plays as a No 10 and will be bombing forward, while David Luiz will either be a 9/10, or a 3/10! I would be shocked if Chelsea got anything from this game.”

”However, despite being top of the league, City are still vulnerable, they are not like they were last season. You could see that against Arsenal last weekend as when they equalised, they were comfortable and looked the better team, but they just did not have enough.

”Chelsea have got more than Arsenal and it will be a hard game for City, but I just think that defensively, Chelsea can’t be relied upon. They let in four at Bournemouth recently and if they fall behind, I just do not see them coming back, they do not have that in them.”

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