Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has labelled Saturday’s big clash with expected title rivals Manchester City as a “six pointer” (Chelsea 17/10, Draw 23/10, City 15/8).
Both sides are tipped to be in the Premier League title scrap this season, although joint-leaders Chelsea have made the better start, winning four of their first five games, while City have won three, dropping points in a defeat to Tottenham and last weekend when being held by Southampton at home.
Chelsea (2/1 – Premier League Outright) could open up a six-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side (15/8) if they come out on top at Stamford Bridge in the early kick-off and Tuchel admits it would be a significant victory.
He said in his press conference: “It is a six pointer between two teams who are clearly rivals for the top four but it’s too early. It will not be a decision tomorrow but any team can steal three points from a direct competitor so you can call it this.
“If we win tomorrow we will not be crowned as champions and if city win they will not be champions and we will not be in depression. It’s a match we like to watch at this kind of level.
“We worked hard for it and we feel ready for this kind of competition and we are very well aware what it takes to have the opportunity to beat them once again.”
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Tuchel has confirmed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has recovered from a hip problem and will start the clash but Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount are both out injured.
City could have Rodri, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones back after they resumed training following various issues this week, while Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ilkay Gundogan are doubts for the visitors.