STAR PREVIEW Sat: Manchester City v Chelsea

Chelsea are in desperate need of a result to keep their fading title hopes alive when they visit the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in a replay of the 2021 Champions League final on Saturday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola admitted himself that his side were a little fortunate to pick up all three points in their last Premier League outing against Arsenal on New Year’s Day, but his side managed to grind out yet another important victory; opening up a 10-point lead at the top of the table.

The relentless table-toppers comfortably put League Two Swindon Town to the sword in the FA Cup last week and have also won seven in a row at home in all competitions. When City are in this kind of mood, they can be difficult to stop.

They do have availability issues ahead of this clash with Chelsea, though, with several players thought to be in self-isolation with Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko possibly part of that contingent.

Manchester City v Chelsea
Premier League
12:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
SEP 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
MAY 2021 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea
MAY 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea
APR 2021 FA CUP Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City
JAN 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-3 Manchester City
JUN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City
NOV 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea
FEB 2019 LEAGUE CUP Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City
FEB 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City

Whilst their hopes of the Premier League title are hanging by a thread, Chelsea did manage to progress to the final of the EFL Cup after a 3-0 aggregate win over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur shirt this week.

Chelsea eased past Spurs 2-0 in the first-leg through an early Kai Havertz strike and a Ben Davies own-goal before Thomas Tuchel’s side edged past them in the second-leg through an Antonio Rudiger header.

The second-leg was much tougher than the first for the Blues with Tottenham having a goal ruled out and two penalties overturned, but they did manage to grind out the victory to progress to another final and present Tuchel with the opportunity of picking up his second piece of silverware as Chelsea boss.

Chelsea’s form has dipped since the injuries to Ben Chilwell and Reece James – and they are unfortunately still unavailable – but Tuchel has no new fresh injuries to worry about and Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante are also coming back to fitness after recovering from COVID-19.

Considering the exceptional attacking talent both of these sides have at their disposal, this should be an entertaining encounter and, for that reason, a bet of Both Teams to Score at 3/4 looks appealing here.


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