Manchester City Chelsea Match Analysis

The stakes of the Manchester City Chelsea match

Both teams will try to win to join the next round. No more level of motivation

The state of form

Unlike in previous years, Manchester City are not top of the Premier League table. Pep Guardiola’s men find themselves in fact overtaken by Arsenal, which is currently having a very high-flying season across the Channel and which still retains a 5-point lead over the Sky Blues. This does not prevent this team from the north of England from displaying a fairly good state of form since the resumption of the championship even if everything is not yet perfect. Very serious during their comeback to overcome Liverpool in the League Cup (3-2) and Leeds (1-3) in the league, the Citizens on the other hand had to share the points with a team from Everton (1-1 ) in bad shape a few days later. Finally, Thursday evening, they went for three precious points at Stamford Bridge (0-1), against their opponent of the day, at the end of the 18th day of the Premier League.

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Chelsea, on the other hand, is certainly having its worst exercise in many years. Not at all in the pace to try to integrate the Top 4 and even less for the title, the Londoners find themselves vegetating in the soft underbelly of the Premier League and risk not even seeing the shadow of a European competition. next year. And with 25 points taken in 17 days, they only occupy 10th place in the championship and, already eliminated in the League Cup, they will have to move on in this Cup. However, the Blues had successfully returned to the field after the long World Cup break by defeating Bournemouth (2-0). The rest was more delicate for Graham Potter’s men who could not make the difference against Nottingham Forest (1-1) and who suffered their first defeat in 2023 against Manchester City on Thursday evening (0-1) . No clear advantage on form


The squad for Manchester City Chelsea

Package Thursday evening for the trip to Stamford Bridge, the excellent Portuguese defender Ruben Dias will miss this new shock against Chelsea. It remains to be seen whether his partner in defense Aymeric Laporte will be able to make his return. Otherwise, Pep Guardiola should count on a full group to tackle this Cup match. Silent on Thursday evening, the impressive Haaland (21 goals in the Premier League) could be forced to breathe at kick-off for this poster and be replaced at the top by the very recent world champion Julian Alvarez (7 goals in all competitions), who has not yet returned to the field since his title obtained in Qatar with Argentina. This week, it was former Leicester player Mahrez who allowed his side to win by scoring his second goal of the season only. Very good at Stamford Bridge, the young Lewis (right side) could start.

If City should be practically complete, this will not be the case for the Chelsea side, which must still do without long-time absentees Fofana and Kanté, the now replacement goalkeeper Mendy, young Broja and the unfortunate Reece James who collects glitches. physics this year. Too fair on Thursday evening, the important Chilwell piston and midfielder Loftus-Cheek will remain on the side. Graham Potter has again lost important elements this week with the injuries of his attacking executives Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic, who are not recovered for this clash in the FA Cup. Recruited this week from the side of Monaco, the tricolor defender Benoit Badiashile could make his first in the group. Note that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is hugely disappointing this year. Returning to play to compensate for Sterling’s injury, the Gabonese was then replaced when the Blues were looking to equalize, which speaks volumes about the confidence placed in him to unlock a meeting. Manchester City advantage on paper

Lineups for Manchester City Chelsea

The probable composition of Manchester City :
Ortega – Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Gomez – Phillips, Bernardo Silva, Palmer – Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish.
Absent : Ruben Dias (injured).
Uncertain : Laporte (injured).

The probable composition of Chelsea :
Kepa – Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Koulibaly, Hall – Jorginho, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka – Hutchinson, Ziyech, Havertz.
Absent: Kanté, Fofana, Mendy, Broja, James, Sterling, Pulisic, Chilwell, Loftus-Cheek (injured).
Uncertain : None.

The history of confrontations

During the last 10 confrontations, Chelsea won 4 times, for 1 draw and 5 defeats. Man City have won the last 4 duels disputed after the C1 final lost in 2021, including that of Thursday evening (0-1).

Other parameters to take into account


The key points of the Manchester City Chelsea game

  • City are almost complete while Chelsea have many injuries.
  • Chelsea are having a very painful season.
  • City won Thursday night at Stamford Bridge (0-1).
  • City will have the opportunity to rotate unlike Chelsea which is more limited in terms of numbers.

Manchester City Chelsea 1N2 Predictions

Already winners on Thursday evening in London, the Citizens could do it again on Sunday evening at home and continue their journey in this FA Cup. Manchester City victory

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A goal scorer

Possibly aligned at the forefront in place of Haaland, the new world champion Alvarez could shine in this part. (“Alvarez goalscorer” rating @2.65 at the house of Sports Betting who offers you your 1st bet refunded up to €100 with its limited-time bonus available until January 9th only).

A big odd on the match

At home, the Sky Blues could even walk around in this meeting. (“Manchester City win by 3 or more goals” rating @3.50 at the house of PMU-Sport who offers you your 1st bet refunded of 100€ IN CASH!!!).

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Pierre Antoine Michel

A graduate of IEJ Paris, Pierre-Antoine Michel collaborated with several major daily newspapers (Liberation, Le Figaro, Ouest-France, etc.) before returning to RDJ in 2019.