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Chelsea arrive at Etihad Stadium on Saturday for the Premier League meeting with home side Manchester City.
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Manchester City fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being a 1-4 FA Cup success vs Swindon Town.
In that game, Manchester City managed 77% possession and 23 attempts on goal with 9 of them on target. For Manchester City, the scorers were Bernardo Silva (14'), Gabriel Jesus (28'), İlkay Gündoğan (59') and Cole Palmer (82'). For their opponents, Swindon Town had 5 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Harry McKirdy (78') was the scorer for Swindon Town.
Manchester City have been unlocking defences at will recently, putting 24 goals past their opponents during the course of their previous six fixtures. In those meetings, Manchester City have also seen the tally of goals scored against them total 5.
Going into this one, Manchester City have not been beaten in their last 5 home league matches.
Chelsea will go into this meeting following a 0-1 EFL Cup win to beat Tottenham Hotspur in their previous fixture.
In that game, Chelsea had 64% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player to score for Chelsea was Antonio Rüdiger (18'). For their opponents, Tottenham Hotspur got 15 shots on goal with 3 of them on target.
In their last half-dozen clashes, Chelsea have amassed a total of 14 goals. Chelsea have additionally got on the scoresheet on each one of those occasions. During those fixtures, they’ve had 5 goals scored by their opponents. Having said that, we’ll just have to find out if the trend might be maintained in this game.
Heading into this contest, Chelsea haven't been defeated in their previous 2 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 25/06/2020 shows that Manchester City have won 2 of these & Chelsea 4, with the number of drawn results standing at 0.
A sum of 13 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 6 of them for The Citizens and 7 coming from The Blues. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.17.
Team News: Manchester City
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just a single fitness concern for the Manchester City gaffer Pep Guardiola to be concerned with from of an almost fully healthy set of players. Luka Ilic (Unknown Injury) is sidelined. Riyad Mahrez cannot play in this game through suspension.
We are thinking that The Citizens look set to use a 4-3-3 system this time, handing starts to Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish.
Team News: Chelsea
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Trevoh Chalobah (Hamstring Injury), Andreas Christensen (Corona virus), Reece James (Hamstring Injury) and Ben Chilwell (Ruptured cruciate ligament) won’t be making appearances.
There’s a good chance that The Blues might make use of a 3-4-2-1 formation, giving starts to Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Ruediger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz.
Our thinking is that Manchester City look set to get a couple of goals in this one when they meet Chelsea, who may well find it hard to break down their defence.
We reckon that it will be a decent 2-0 winning margin for Manchester City come full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Etihad Stadium (55,017)
Captain: Fernando Fernandinho
Chairman: Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Competitions: Premier League position 1, FA Cup (Fourth Round), FA Community Shield (Community Shield), Champions League (Last 16)
🔑 Key Player: Raheem Sterling
Typically playing in the Left Wing position, Raheem Sterling was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Having made his senior debut playing for Liverpool in the 2011 - 2012 season, the accomplished Forward has hit 7 league goals in the Premier League 2021 - 2022 season so far from a total of 17 appearances.