Chelsea v Manchester City : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 02-01-2021 8:59 am (2 months ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date :Sunday 3rd January,2021
Time: 5:30 pm
Stadium Stamford Bridge
Referee  Anthony Taylor (England)
Goal Scorer:

Team News:

Chelsea
Lampard rang the changes for the visit of Villa after a poor showing against Arsenal, but shuffling the pack did not pay dividends last time out and he will certainly revert to full-strength here.

However, doubts remain over the fitness of Hakim Ziyech - who has returned to full training but may not be risked from the off - while Reece James is definitely out with a hamstring problem.

Cesar Azpilicueta is therefore in line to make his 400th appearance for the club with James sidelined, while Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are expected to make way for Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma.

Mateo Kovacic should also return to the midfield in place of Jorginho, while Giroud's goal against Villa is unlikely to see him retain his spot in the starting lineup ahead of Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Abraham, Werner
Chelsea Premier League form: WLLWLD
Chelsea form (all competitions): DLLWLD

Manchester City
Manchester City did not reveal the identities of the other three players who tested positive for coronavirus alongside Walker and Jesus, but Ederson seemingly confirmed on social media that he is self-isolating and will not be available here.

Zack Steffen is therefore set for a baptism of fire on his Premier League debut, while Eric Garcia - who is supposedly close to sealing a switch to Barcelona - is also unavailable as he nurses a leg injury.

Ilkay Gundogan took a blow to the ankle against Newcastle, but the midfielder expressed optimism over his chances of playing in the proposed meeting with Everton, so he should be fine to line up alongside Rodri in the heart of midfield.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea's nemesis Aguero can last the full 90 minutes but he should certainly start this one, although Torres is waiting in the wings and ready to be called upon.
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero
Manchester City Premier League form: WWDDWW
Manchester City form (all competitions): WDDWWW

Head To Head
Sunday's game at Stamford Bridge represents the 166th meeting between Chelsea and Manchester City in all competitions, with the Blues coming out on top 68 times compared to City's 58.

The most recent meeting between the two teams took place behind closed doors back in June, with goals from Willian and Christian Pulisic propelling Chelsea to victory in a result which also handed Liverpool the 2019-20 Premier League title.

Despite losing at Stamford Bridge last season, City have triumphed in six out of the last eight games between the two clubs in all competitions, and the spoils have not been shared in this fixture since January 2015.

Prediction: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City


Posted: at 2-01-2021 08:59 AM (2 months ago) | Hero