The Blues have just won one in 5 matches and are desperate for a win. They stand 6th in the Premier League rankings.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Preview:
2020 didn’t end well for Frank Lampard as his side finished at a disappointing 6th place. However, the new year may lead to new challenges for the team.
A win would be on the list for both sides to remain in the title challenge. Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have a chance to prove that they are top class players providing the Blues with a win.
The Pensioners are looking to win their third consecutive home match against Manchester City for the first time since 2006 to 2009.
Manchester City have their last fixture against Everton postponed due to emerging COVID-19 positive cases among the players.
Pep Guardiola enjoyed success at Stamford Bridge back in 2017 as a lone goal from Kevin de Bruyne helped them win 1-0.
After extending a contract with City, Guardiola hasn’t been able to bring his team back to the top four. However, a win would take them to 3rd place.
Manchester City have lost 26 matches against the Blues in the Premier League, the most as compared to when they play against other clubs. Pep Guardiola could boast of achieving the biggest margin victory over Chelsea (6-0).
The EFL cup winners are unbeaten for the last 10 matches, winning 6 and drawing 4.
Chelsea form : D L W L L D W W D
Manchester City form : W W W D D W W D W
Chelsea vs Manchester City Team News:
Hakim Ziyech would be expected to return to the starting 11. However, Reece James won’t be playing for the Blues due to injury.
Frank Lampard would be looking to field the best lineup possible. Kai Havertz needs to be given his natural position in the lineup i.e. as an attacking midfielder.
Timo Werner might be once again given a chance to start along with Ziyech and Chelsea’s top scorer for the season, Olivier Giroud.
The Citizens would have to cope up with their major players such as Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker confirmed missing this key fixture.
Ilkay Gundogan might return for the playing team as a substitute at least. Eric Garcia may miss the match due to his injury.
Predicted Line-ups and Score:
Chelsea might start with a 4-3-3 formation with Hakim Ziyech returning to the starting lineup. Kai Havertz might be included as an attacking midfielder.
Manchester City might start with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Sergio Aguero might start instead of Gabriel Jesus.
Chelsea might be happy to go with a win in this fixture. Our prediction would be:
Chelsea 3 – 2 Manchester City
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