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On the August 26 2013, I witnessed what I thought was the most boring game of football the Premier League has seen for a long time. Chelsea went to Old Trafford and were seemingly quite happy to come away with a point after a hugely uneventful 0-0 draw.

It was a game of very few clear-cut chances and was certainly not a great spectacle for the Premier League. It was such a dull affair, that I had no doubt it would not be repeated again. That was until Jose Mourinho again took his side away to a rival, this time Arsenal. 

The game had been much-hyped before the whistle, but any hopes of an entertaining match were again scuppered by a Mourinho who was clearly happy to come and take a point. 

This dour affair highlighted Mourinho's philosophy that drawing away to your rivals - while beating them at home - was good enough. I think that a side bursting with talent like Chelsea's should be setting out to achieve more than that.

When Sam Allardyce took his West Ham side to Stamford Bridge last week, the teams played out an entertaining 0-0 draw.

And what did Mourinho do after the game? He accused the Hammers of coming and parking the bus. This approach was branded as 19th century football by Mourinho when it's something his Chelsea side have done.

The superiority Chelsea have over West Ham meant parking the bus was all Allardyce could set his team up to do, whereas Chelsea are a match for anyone and should attack teams when they play them, whether at home or away.

Manchester City, on the other hand, are the top scorers in the Premier League. They have scored 68 goals so far, 25 more than tonight's opponents. In games against the rest of the top seven, City have tallied an impressive 18 points from a possible 21. They have beaten Man United and Arsenal by three goals, Spurs by even more.

They are a team who attacks with real pace and play the same way, regardless of their opposition. That is a refreshing sight to see and why I hope they power past Chelsea. I'm sure the Blues will do their best to shut City out, but it definitely won't be as easy as it was at Arsenal and United and Mourinho knows that, so will hopefully attack more. 

I'm sure Mourinho would be thrilled if his side come away with a point, but I hope, for the sake of the Premier League, City win tonight and then go on to win the Premier League.

I know Mourinho has been and continues to be successful in England, and whilst a point would be a good result, I think City winning will be a much stronger advert for the league. 

If both teams go for the win, it has the potential to be one of the greatest matches in Premier League history.

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