A club in turmoil?
Owners doing silly things and making bad decisions?
For once it's nice to have the limelight taken off the Reds and turn the spotlight glare onto the fancy dans from the Kings Road – Chelsea.
When we were kids we used to play any kind of football game, Subbuteo, table football – you name it and it was always red against blue.
Nowadays game makers are a bit more adventurous with their colours and anyway you have a hundred and more teams to choose from in FIFA 13 these days.
That's how it turned out that I ended up supporting Liverpool and my brother supports Chelsea. For years he suffered whilst the blues languished in the old second division, even flirting at one point with relegation to the third division and being bought by that rascal Ken Bates for £1 in 1982.
Bates did actually manage to make himself useful at Chelsea and brokered a deal to keep the stadium. He appointed Ruud Gullit in 1996 which began the transformation of the club and Bates sold out to Ambramovich in 2003. We all know what happened next.
Sundays 4pm Sky fixture is interesting for a variety of reasons. We have Benitez undertaking his first game in charge since succeeding Roberto Di Matteo and Mancini hoping to keep his City side firmly on the rails after his champions league disaster.
We have Torres hoping to make an immediate impact and Dzeko fighting for a starting place for City.
John Terry is out for Chelsea which though I hate to say it is a massive loss for them. Luiz is not in the same class as Terry and is error prone. Assuming he starts of course.
City have an embarrassing abundance of striking talent on the books. Embarassing to Liverpool anyway and with Dzeko, Aguero, Tevez and dare I say it Balotelli they have the best strike force in the league.
I'm going for a City win. City are unbeaten in the league, are scoring goals freely and performing well in the league. Chelsea are not performing so well although it has to be said their recent fixture list has been pretty steep.
With a new manager that will not be to everyone's taste – Benitez is certainly not the matey matey type that Di Matteo was, defensive frailties and the enigma that is Fernando Torres I'm giving the edge to City.