have been hardly outstanding this season so far.
Both clubs had mediocre beginnings to the new Premier League season when they meet this afternoon at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea and Leicester City.
The teams are currently ranked in positions 12 and 19, respectively, in the rankings, with the Blues having only accrued four points from their first three games and the Foxes having only managed one draw.
However, considering that they had only each won one game in their inaugural triple-header, both teams could do without the interruptions.
From Chelsea’s viewpoint, everything were going well following a 1-0 victory against Everton and when they were leading Tottenham Hotspur in the London derby’s extra time.
Despite Thomas Tuchel’s assurances to the contrary, their loss was warranted as Leeds United humiliated them 3-0 after their adversaries scored a last-second equalizer.
This Chelsea club now seems very much in transition and has yet to find a solution to their goal-scoring problems, even though Tuchel will probably add another three players to his first-team roster over the course of the next week.
Even if they have been hampered by midfield injuries, Kai Havertz has failed to make an impact in the final third, where only Raheem Sterling has performed to the best of his abilities.
James Maddison, who has scored in each of Leicester’s games against Brentford, Arsenal, and Southampton, has been their main source of offense.
However, eight goals have been let up at the other end, which poses a danger to everything Leicester produces moving forward as they attempt to climb out of the bottom half of the standings.
The East Midlands team must find a solution, even if it means accepting a little reduced amount for Fofana, in order to prevent a situation where Brendan Rodgers has rush to find a suitable replacement in the transfer market.
Manchester City, the defending Premier League champions, will welcome Crystal Palace to the Etihad Stadium this afternoon in an effort to go back to winning ways.
The Eagles come into this match with back-to-back victories in the league and EFL Cup, while the Citizens are coming off a thrilling six-goal thriller against Newcastle United last weekend.
The hosts were two goals up after the interval thanks to a brilliant free kick from Kieran Trippier, a former product of the City academy who had sent the Magpies into halftime with a 2-1 lead. However, two goals in three minutes in the second half from Erling Haaland and Bernardo Silva gave the defending champions of the top tier parity.
While Pep Guardiola would have been happy to see his squad salvage a point, the Spanish manager will feel that his team squandered the opportunity to go further ahead of championship contenders Liverpool, who are still without a victory this season and lost 2-1 away at Manchester United on Monday. Jurgen Klopp’s team is presently five points behind City, who are currently two points behind Arsenal, the new league leaders.
In a charity match on Wednesday at Camp Nou in honor of former Barcelona goalkeeper and coach Juan Carlos Unzue, who has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, City and Barcelona drew 1-1, mirroring their result against Newcastle last weekend.
Both teams had their standout players on display, but for the Citizens, it was Julian Alvarez, Cole Palmer, and Riyad Mahrez who all found the back of the goal, with the latter scoring an equalizer from the penalty spot in the 99th minute.
As they return to the Premier League, City will be happy to be back at the Etihad Stadium, where they have won their past five games in the top division while scoring 20 goals.
The Eagles managed a shocking 2-0 victory at the Etihad last season, so the Citizens will be cautious of the danger Palace are likely to provide. It’s interesting to note that City has lost to Palace twice in their past 54 Premier League games that have started at 3:00pm, including last season’s loss and a 3-2 loss in December 2018.
A brace from star player Wilfried Zaha—who has now scored three goals in as many league games—and a goal from Jean-Philippe Mateta helped the hosts turn the game around and clinch their first top-flight victory of the new season after Ollie Watkins had given the visitors an early lead.
Odsonne Edouard and Luka Milivojevic both scored in the closing 20 minutes as Patrick Viera’s team defeated Oxford United 2-0 away from home on Tuesday to advance from the second round of the EFL Cup.
In the 2021–22 season, Palace struggled with consistency, winning consecutive games in all competitions only four times. However, Vieira will be hoping that his team can set aside their inconsistent play and continue to build on their good momentum in the next weeks.
Many clubs consider a trip to the Etihad as a scary proposition, but Palace has recently had success away at Man City, picking up seven points from their past four Premier League trips.
The Eagles were the only top-flight club that City failed to score against in 2021–22, and they were one of only four opponents that City failed to defeat in the Premier League last season.
If Palace wins this weekend, they would become only the second side, after Man United, to win three away league games against City boss Pep Guardiola. Palace is presently ninth in the standings, three points behind City in second.