Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man City v Chelsea FC

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Jurgen Klopp's men maintain the advantage of a game in hand, but handed a reprieve by Liverpool's draws against Leicester and West Ham in recent weeks, City look determined to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League.

Aguero should even have had more, having missed a sitter in the early stages and headed against bar on a dismal afternoon for Chelsea, whose manager Maurizio Sarri headed straight down the tunnel at full-time. We need to understand the reasons. "To be honest, I don't know what to expect".

Following the loss to the Cherries on the south coast, Sarri was openly critical of the mentality of his players and that he could not motivate them. The only reason I came to City, the chairman and the people here, they believe in me and don't think badly when I lose. The loss left them outside the Champions League places and the pressure is mounting on manager Sarri. "I have no idea about this at the moment".

"Something is changing. At the moment I am not able to see the reason but I have to work for this because my target is to play my football, not to change another football because at the moment we are playing another football". This kind of person or this type of game always helps to make our football better.

"People don't understand how hard the first year can be".

And I think looking at Sarri, it's only obviously just over half-way into his first season but the worst thing I can say is it looks like he's turned Chelsea into the new Arsenal, that Arsenal team who used to just get battered for the last seven eight years away from home in big games because they were just too weak. "Now we can have two days off and prepare for Newport and the (Carabao Cup) final". It's now four out of four in the league without the team's top scorer. Chelsea are sixth, behind Arsenal on goal difference and one point adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United.

Christian Eriksen created the opener before scoring himself as Tottenham beat Leicester 3-1 on Sunday (Monday NZ time), putting the north London club five points behind front-runners Manchester City and Liverpool. They win that and they are leaders, with us behind.

Sergio Aguero was today's hat-trick hero, equaling Alan Shearer's all-time record of 11 Premier League hat-tricks.

David Silva is using the experience of past glory to help Manchester City in their Premier League title race with Liverpool and Tottenham.

It does not get much more hard than that, although the Chelsea players and Sarri, who face City at Wembley on the same day, might beg to differ.



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