Can Sarri take solace in Guardiola's slow start at City?

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With this fixture proving absolutely pivotal in City's season, defeat, or even failure to win, could seriously damage their chances of snatching the Premier League title from Liverpool. HEAD TO HEAD:The two Premier League teams have played on 146 times with Chelsea having a better head to head record of 58 wins and Manchester City boasting of just 50 wins and 38 ended in a draw. There are reasons but we can not speak too much about that in public because it always sounds like excuses. In six matches since, they've dropped seven points from 18 on offer and shipped eight goals, keeping just a solitary clean sheet in a nervy 1-0 win over Brighton.

It is not to say we are not looking forward to the match, because we are, but there is familiarity about the game that is wearing. 'I think we need only to work and we have to try to reduce the gap because at the moment there is a gap.

"We wanted to show a reaction". 'After the match against Huddersfield, I was really very happy with the result, especially with the performance.

"He had diarrhoea and vomiting two nights earlier so couldn't come to the team hotel", said manager Jurgen Klopp.

Gini Wijnaldum doubled the advantage ten minutes later as he netted a perfectly executed lob over Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc. The most important line said "Unity is Strength" and I can think of no better message at this time. You may as well go out and if they get beat five. Our statistical analysis examines the probability of Bournemouth perhaps becoming the latest team to halt Liverpool's gallop.

"Jordan trained yesterday as well for the first time; it was not that long a break but it was a muscle issue".

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The trade also ends a failed experiment for the Bulls after Parker signed a $40 million, two-year contract with his hometown team. Washington was set to be repeat offenders of the luxury tax, but this trade now moves them closer out of it.

Both sides have experienced ups and downs in recent weeks and both possess great quality in their ranks, making it a hard game to call. The character and mentality of these boys is the only reason why we are where we are.

The only problem with the switch is that you then don't have Milner in midfield - the leader in the middle of the park. It's the world. Predictable, but still not true. We can use always the character and attitude of the boys.

With the former S.S.C. Napoli tactician aware that despite the win, a similar showing might not suffice at the Etihad, it remains to be seen how he sets up his side at the home of the champions, who have been beaten there just once all season.

"The first goal was a huge moment in the match", Howe said. "[It is] half a yard offside".

Higuain should not only add much needed firepower and a focal point to a Chelsea attack that had become toothless, but his presence also allows Eden Hazard to return to his preferred role on the left of the attack, from where he also scored twice against Huddersfield. "I personally haven't seen it, but my coaching staff have and tell me it's clearly offside".

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