Two of the three Premier League favorites in the preseason meet on Sunday at Stamford Bridge, both of which have failed to live up to expectations at this point in the season

While Manchester City’s attack was under-challenged, Chelsea have fallen behind with just one win in five games

One of the most important storylines of the 2020-21 Premier League season is the Cityzens’ offensive failure.After 102 goals last season, Manchester City have only scored 21 goals in 14 games so far this year without a healthy and recognized striker Shots per game dropped from first place in the league in the last three seasons to third place this season

Gabriel Jesus was ready for a breakout season after his expected target numbers (xG) steadily improved during the summer restart.He is out on Sunday Sergio Aguero was not healthy for most of the season and although he was for that game is available, it is unlikely to start

City are attacking with fewer players to improve their defensive soundness and it has worked defensively.They are number one in the league in expected goals against (xGA) and have clean eight in their last 10 games

Kyle Walker, Ederson, and Ferran Torres are unlikely to be in this game either, and it’s not entirely clear how far the COVID-19 issues will go for the Cityzens – keep an eye out for line-up news throughout the morning, as this line will likely move if more City players drop out

Chelsea’s loss of form coincided with an injury to his most important attacking creative player to date this year: Hakim Ziyech

At 0, with 44 assists expected (xA) per 90 minutes, Ziyech was one of the league’s top creators and is expected to start for the Blues on Sunday Chelsea have won four of the five games Ziyech started and drew the other without Ziyech, the Blues have won three of their eleven Premier League games

A narrative unfolds about Chelsea who is currently eighth in the Premier League and struggles to get results if they haven’t been particularly keen, however, in the long run the xG numbers suggest the blues are okay, and occupy fourth place in the xG difference per 90 behind Aston Villa, City and Liverpool

One of Chelsea’s biggest problems was getting all of their attacking talent onto the field to function well

They got Timo Werner on the wing and he has problems with the finishing but he was fine with the creation of coincidences Put Ziyech in on the right and the Blues have been able to take City on unlike many of their opponents for the past few weeks meet the counter

I’m even doing these teams at Stamford Bridge after making a small adjustment for home advantage I have Chelsea 103 on the no-bet line draw so will be doing a little buy-low game on the Blues with Ziyech returning

Given the COVID-19 troubles in Manchester City, they could do without multiple starters and the line could move towards Chelsea, as well as the Blues’ impressive defensive numbers should stifle a mediocre city attack

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