Premier League forecast: Manchester City can easily defeat Chelsea


Over the course of an entertaining Premier League weekend, our tipster Jones Knows will be sprinkling his analysis and betting advice, and he has picked Man City to defeat Chelsea.

When Burnley tries to halt Arsenal’s set-piece machine, they will be trembling. From such circumstances, Vincent Kompany’s team is a mess, conceding 12 goals and a league-high 11.16 goals against predicted goals.

Arsenal, on the other hand, leads the league in goals scored from set pieces with 16, including two in the 3-1 victory over Burnley.

Declan Rice has developed into a vital component of Arsenal’s dead ball strength. After taking just three corners in his first 20 Premier League appearances, Rice has subsequently taken 12 in his last four games and assisted on three set-piece goals, two of which came against West Ham.

His left-handed inswinging offerings are typically spot-on. Such high-ball tactics have exposed Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford this season, so I fully expect Rice to create chances for William Saliba, who scored in the match, and the intimidating Gabriel, who has four Premier League goals this year.

At Aston Villa, Unai Emery is doing an outstanding job. Considering some of the injuries they’ve had this season, it’s impressive that they’re solidly in the running for the Champions League. After sustaining “significant” knee damage against Manchester United, Boubacar Kamara has become the next long-term absentee. He joins Ezri Konsa, Emi Buendia, and Tyrone Mings in the treatment room, all of whom also have knee problems.

I’m not very concerned about them at Fulham since Emery has demonstrated his ability to find solutions when important players are out.

John McGinn, who is expected to start his 40th consecutive Premier League game, is one player who is in peak condition.

He is still the Villa midfield’s main engine, which gives him the freedom to take some risky attacking positions. His attack-minded role is demonstrated by his five goals, which is his best-ever Premier League return, and by the 11 shots on goal he has taken in his previous ten Premier League games.


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