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Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea vs Manchester City

Mark Lawrenson, a BBC football expert, has made his prediction for Saturday's early Premier League kick-off at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Blues are undefeated in the current season. With 13 points from five games, they are now tied for first place with Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola's side have not been at their most fluent. After a disappointing goalless draw against Southampton last weekend, they sit in fifth place with ten points.

Lawrenson has backed the teams to battle to a 1-1 draw ahead of tomorrow's match, predicting a tight contest that neither manager would want to lose.

“The previous time Manchester City went to Stamford Bridge, they ripped Chelsea apart with three goals in the opening 35 minutes,” he told BBC Sport. “But that was before Thomas Tuchel took over, and this is a completely different Chelsea side now.”

"This season, matchups involving the big four — these two, plus Liverpool and Manchester United – will be crucial. It seems self-evident that they will eventually be free of the rest, but in what order?

“That will be decided by these meetings and their mini-league. Chelsea is having a great season and pushed Spurs away in the second half on Sunday, but I don't think this will be an open game since neither manager wants to lose.”

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