- 1 Chelsea vs Manchester City Match Preview
The defending English Premier League Champions host Manchester City in the FA Cup 5th round with the aim of winning the only possible trophy of this season. Chelsea are already out of Premier League Title race and from the Capital One Cup. At this form, Chelsea’ hopes of winning the Champions League is very slim which leaves only the FA Cup. The Defending Champions are not even in the race for a Top 4 finish and that makes things complicated for Chelsea leaving 100% pressure on the FA Cup.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Match Preview
Chelsea who suffered a 2-1 lost to Frech Champions Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of Champions League Round 16 game enters the game as the favorites. Chelsea has not lost a single game after Guus Hiddink took charge except the PSG game. Though their League position is not appreciable, they are in fine form lately and are a serious threat to Manchester City who enters a game with no of senior players sidelined due to injury.
Manchester City are on a tight schedule as they have three very important games in 8 days. The Citizens have Champions League Round 16 game in the midweek and the Capital One Cup final next weekend. With senior players out injured, Manual Pellegrini is in a difficult situation. The Chilian must keep his players fresh and save the rest of the squad from further injuries.
Current Form and Performances of Chelsea
The Blues are playing well under new boss Guus Hiddink. Key players Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar are returning to their best and winger Willian is in his best form. John Obi Mikel is a surprisingly impressive under Hiddink who scored the most valuable away goal against PSG. Hiddink’s major problems will be the poor form of Eden Hazard and a rusty Nemanja Matic. Chelsea’s backline is finding its feet again, but the absence os first teamers John Terry and Kurt Zouma may affect a little.
Chelsea Injury News
Kurt Zouma is a season absentee for the Blues and club Captain John Terry will be out for another 3-4 weeks. Forwards Radamel Falcao, Loic Remy are not in perfect condition, leaves Diego Costa the only first team capable striker. Thibaut Courtois may be rested for Asmir Begovic.
Predicted Starting XI
Asmir Begovic, Ceaser Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Baba Rahaman, John Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Diego Costa.
Current Form and Performances of Manchester City
Manchester City are one of the most inconsistent top teams in EPL this season as they are sliding down in the Premier League table. The title race is not over yet and City are still one of the favorites to clinch the title. City lost the crucial game against Tottenham last week which arose a lot of questions on Manual Pellegrini’s tactics. In the last 6 Premier League games, City have won only two, losing one and drawing three. Though Chelsea are struggling this year, they have been in fine form at present which makes them the favorites for the tie.
Manchester City Injury News
Manchester City have a long list of absentees for the game against Chelsea.Fullback Bacary Sagna is a doubt while Elliaquam Mangala will miss the game. Samir Nasri, Kevin de Bruyne, Jesus Navas, Fabian Delph and Wolfred Bony will all miss the games.
Predicted Starting XI
Willy Cabellero, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Otamendi, Gael Clichy, Manu Garcia, Fernando, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Bersant Celina, Kelechi Iheanacho.
Key Player for Chelsea and Manchester City
City’s injury concerns leave them behind their rivals, but still the Citizens have a squad who can upset any team.
Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa
The Spaniard are re-forming their last season heroics after struggling the major part of 2015-16. Even a tiny hole in City’s defense will cause them dearly if they allow these two play freely.
David Silva and Raheem Sterling
In the absence of Sergio Aguero, Sterling should raise his game. The English youngster is always a threat up front and this is the perfect time for him to prove is worth. David Silva will play his usual stride who is no less threat than Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Match Prediction
Chelsea are clear favorites to win the tie, but the win will not be an easy one considering City’s dominating attacking play. Despite losing key players, the Citizens have enough fire power to make a win out of nothing. An entertaining encounter can be expected with the game ending 2-1 in favor of Chelsea.