February 1 may be Super Sunday, but January 31 is Super Saturday when Chelsea F.C. hosts Manchester City, and fans can watch streaming video live online as the top two teams on the Barclays Premier League table go mano-a-mano in a clash with reverberations sure to be felt throughout the remaining 15 games of the title race.
Even setting aside the Premier League race, both teams have plenty to prove coming off a historic FA Cup fourth round weekend which saw both top-flight leading sides crash out of the storied tournament at the hands of feisty and spirited — yet clearly far less talented — lower league sides.
Premier League fanatics who catch the live online video of Saturday’s momentous match will see Jose Mourinho’s table-topping Chelsea team seek redemption for last weekend’s stunning 4-2 defeat to League One Bradford City, a loss that Mourinho called “disgraceful” and one of the worst of his career.
Mourinho employed a squad made up largely of second-team players for the FA Cup match, but after the loss, refused to use his selection sheet as an excuse.
“Other players have to be ready to play for Chelsea in any game,” Mouinho lamented. “If they cannot play against a team from the Championship, League One or League Two, what do we do? The selection was good enough to win.”
Manchester City Manager Manuel Pelleginri picked a mostly first-team unit for the Sky Blue’s FA Cup fixture against Championship side Middlesbrough, who showed exactly why they are in position for promotion to the Premiership next season by stubbornly holding off City at the Etihad for a 2-0 victory.
Manchester City, when they travel to Stamford Bridge Saturday, will be looking to get back into the win column after dropping both their FA Cup tie and their last Premier League match, to Arsenal, before that.
In fact, Manchester City has not emerged victorious in their last four league outings and have slipped to five points off of Chelsea’s pace.
A loss to the leaders Saturday could put their second straight title out of reach — but a win closes City to within two points of Chelsea and brings the team, as well as the Premier League race, back to life.
Also on Saturday, fourth-place Manchester United host cellar-dwelling Leicester in a game that should be marked down as an easy win. A Manchester City loss to Chelsea would leave them well within the crosshairs of their hated crosstown rivals, with a mere four points of daylight between them.
The Chelsea F.C. vs. Manchester City match will be televised by the main NBC network in the United States, with the broadcast starting at noon Eastern Time on Saturday, January 31, 9 am Pacific. NBC Sports Live Extra will carry live online video of the critical contest, which can be accessed at this link.