Two premier league giants who know a thing or two about titles being the title holders both of them on most of the occasion in the last 10 years meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, as Chelsea take on league leaders Manchester City in the weekend’s most glorious tie.
Chelsea come into this one having suffered a rare loss, in the 2-1 reverse at Wolves in midweek, and have now suffered two defeats in their last three matches. Maurizio Sarri’s men will hope that they can get back to winning ways as they look to re-establish a foothold in the top four. Meanwhile, Manchester City will travel back down south to London off the back of yet another victory, as they dispatched Watford on Tuesday. The victory was secured by fresh legs though with the likes of Riyad Mahrez in sublime form thanks to Pep Guardiola’s shuffle of the deck.
The reigning champions enjoyed a comfortable away win but gave them a scare when Doucoure scored in the final minutes to set up a nervy 1-2 finish. With no injury concern, Chelsea boss Sarri is likely to have a full-strength squad at his disposal after the Italian made five changes for the defeat against Wolves.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Teams News:
David Luiz is likely to come back in for Andreas Christensen in defence with Jorginho taking back his place from Cesc Fabregas. Sarri may find space for Ruben Loftus Cheek as a reward for his good performance recently. Having rotated his squad recently against Watford in the midweek game Pep will be hoping to give his regular starters ready for this crunch top of the table clash at the weekend with both Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero expected to start.
Guardiola will be without few of his key men like Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany with Fabian Delph expected to deputize at the left wingback role. Kevin de Bruyne will also be missing the game against his former club along with Oleksandr Zinchenko who has a facial injury. Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala remain long-term absentees.
Predicted Lineups :
Chelsea vs Manchester City Last Meeting:
In the last meeting between the two giants of English football at the Etihad, Manchester City dominated a defensive-minded Chelsea and edged them out 1-0 thanks to Bernado silva’s superb strike.
Head to head:
Chelsea Win: 66
Manchester City Win: 55
The season before last Chelsea did a double over Manchester City, while Manchester City pegged back and took revenge in the last season while they are unbeaten in their last three games against Chelsea. In the last 5 matches between Chelsea and Manchester city there have been no draws, with City winning three fixtures to Chelsea’s two.
Current Form (In All Competitions):
Manchester City: W-W-D-W-W
Chelsea Vs Manchester City Key Players:
Chelsea will have a full strength team to choose from and will be looking towards Eden Hazard for goals who is providing assists at the moment but lacking goals for the last few matches. Pedro has looked in good touch in recent weeks and we can expect a good game from him.
Manchester City will be hoping for Sergio Aguero to be back in full fitness and with a fresh in form Sterling and the ever dynamic duo of Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez in their ranks we can expect a firecracker of a contest.
Betting Odds (Subject To Change):
Manchester City: 19/20
The game is scheduled for Saturday from 23:00 hrs IST and will be telecasted on the Star Sports network alongside NavixSport and Hotstar apps. However, for online streaming links send us a message on our official Facebook page.