The Premier League returns to the fold as Manchester City lock horns with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Manchester City are three points away from winning the Premier League title. They could lift the trophy with a victory in this fixture.
Chelsea are in fourth place in the Premier League standings at the moment. They are well on their way to yet another top-four finish. Chelsea stunned Real Madrid with a comprehensive 2-0 victory in the UEFA Champions League. They will be confident ahead of this match.
Manchester City also made a massive statement on the European front against Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week. They will be intent on winning their second trophy of an already successful season under Pep Guardiola. The Citizens have had their problems against Chelsea in the past. Manchester City will need to field a powerful team in this match.
Chelsea have an excellent record against Manchester City. They have won 69 games out of 167 matches played between the two teams. Manchester City have managed 59 victories against Chelsea and needs to improve their record against the London giants.
The previous meeting between the two teams saw Chelsea edge Manchester City to a 1-0 victory in a high-profile FA Cup final. Tuchel’s tactics outsmarted Manchester City on the day and have a point to prove in this fixture.
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John Stones is serving a three-match suspension at the moment and will likely be replaced by Aymeric Laporte against Chelsea. Rodri was benched against Paris Saint-Germain during the week and will feature in this game.
Injured: None Doubtful: None Suspended: John Stones.
Mateo Kovacic and Cesar Azpilicueta are the only injury concerns for Chelsea going into this fixture. N’Golo Kante has been impressive under Thomas Tuchel and will have to be at his best against Manchester City.
Injured: None Doubtful: Mateo Kovacic, Cesar Azpilicueta Suspended: None.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Predicted Line-ups:
Manchester City Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Benjamin Mendy, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez; Sergio Aguero.
Chelsea Predicted XI (3-4-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma; Marcos Alonso, Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho; Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Score Prediction:
Manchester City have enjoyed a spectacular season under Pep Guardiola and are arguably the best team in England at the moment. The Citizens are inches away from the Premier League crown and will want to make amends for their FA Cup defeat with a statement in this fixture.
Prediction: Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea.
Chelsea have been a resurgent force this year and will rely on Thomas Tuchel’s tactical nous to get the better of the champions-elect. Manchester City have moved from strength to strength this season, however, and hold a slight upper hand going into this match.