A house conflict in opposition to Frank Lampard’s in-form Blues awaits the defending champions following the conclusion of the worldwide break.
Following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield, Pep Guardiola’s facet are at the moment 9 factors adrift of Liverpool and Merson says they can not afford to slide additional behind their title rivals.
Chelsea are at the moment above City within the Premier League and the Arsenal hero believes Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic can inflict additional ache on Guardiola.
Discussing the title race, Merson informed Sky Sports: ‘You need to keep in mind that City have Chelsea at residence subsequent who are good going ahead and you might be speaking a couple of crew who are going to provide you issues on the again with Abraham, Mount and Pulisic.
‘This goes to be an issue recreation and if they don’t win that recreation and Liverpool win…
‘City have to get through their next six or seven games before they can be title contenders again. They have not got a good run, but if they win all of them and are still in the title race come Christmas, then I will go fair enough.’
Merson additionally says Liverpool have one hand on the Premier League title after their big victory over City on Merseyside.
He added: ‘Liverpool have lost one game in the last 51 and they have played City three times in that time, so I just do not see them losing four or five games ’until the end of the season.
‘That is what they must lose as City wouldn’t be capable of afford to lose any video games in the event that they solely misplaced three.
‘So for me, I think it is Liverpool’s to throw away – if they don’t win it this 12 months, I can not inform you when they may win it once more.
‘I don’t see City catching them, not with their defensive issues in the mean time. They are simply nowhere close to ok defensively.
‘I simply assume Liverpool are too good and I simply don’t see them getting overwhelmed by any of the lesser groups.
‘And if they do, they have to score two or three goals, which is not going to happen.’
Before the worldwide break, Chelsea beat London rivals Crystal Palace 2-Zero at residence to report their sixth successive Premier League victory.