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The Citizens are in their best form!

Last updated: April 15, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWDLL
Away form: WWDWL
Last season: 1-1
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester City showed a brilliant performance against Paris Saint-Germain in The Champions League on Tuesday and eliminated the French champions. The Citizens qualified for the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in their history and this will significantly raise their confidence level for the upcoming games. In addition, Manuel Pellegrini’s players have recorded 3 victories in their last 4 games, so they are in really good shape.

On the other hand, Chelsea sensationally lost to Swansea 0-1 at The Liberty Stadium and now The Blues’ chance for taking a Top 6 place is very slim. However, The Blues hardly lose at home. They have finished with a draw on 6 occasions in their last 7 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge. But, The Blues have recorded 3 defeats in their last 5 matches in all competitions.

The Londoners beat Manchester City 5-1 in The FA Cup earlier this season, but The Citizens’ squad was full of youngsters. Now, Manuel Pellegrini’s starting eleven will be completely different. But, he is expected to give some of his key players some more resting time, because they played a really difficult match against PSG on Tuesday.


Team News

Radamel Falcao has finally returned to the pitch for Chelsea. He came on from the bench against Swansea in the last round, but couldn’t help his team avoid the defeat.

John Terry is suffering from Achilles tendonitis and is going to miss the match. Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma are also sidelined for The Blues.

Raheem Sterling is the only injured player in Manchester City’s squad. The winger has scored 6 goals in 28 games this season.

Eden Hazard is suffering from a thigh muscle strain. The Belgian international has still not scored a goal in The Premier League this season.


Expected line-ups:

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Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois, Miazga, Baba, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Obi Mikel, Pedro, Oscar, Loftus-Cheek, Diego Costa.
Subs Begovic, Willian, Traore, Pato, Palmer, Kenedy, Falcao.
Injured: Zouma, Hazard, Matic, Terry, Cahill, Remy.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Mangala, Otamendi, Fernando, Fernandinho, Nasri, Silva, Navas, Aguero.
Subs Caballero, De Bruyne, Delph, Toure, Clichy, Iheanacho, Kompany.
Injured: Sterling.
Doubtful:
Not available:

So far this season

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Chelsea this season Manchester City this season
10 League Position 4
5 (6) (at home) Wins (away) 11 (6)
5-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 6-1 vs. Newcastle
7 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (5)
4 (6) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (4)
0-3 to Man City Biggest Defeat 1-4 to Tottenham and Liverpool
Diego Costa (11) Top scorer Aguero (18)
Diego Costa, Willian (5) Assist Leader Silva (11)
Y51, R3 Discipline Y50, R0
6 Failures to score 8
8 Clean Sheets 14
18 Both Teams to Score Games 15
19 Over 2.5 Games 21
12 Under 2.5 Games 11
  • Manchester City has only won 13 of 70 matches against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Citizens have conceded 128 goals in these games.
  • Chelsea’s top goal-scorer in The Premier League Diego Costa can return to the pitch. The forward was sent off against Everton in The FA Cup, but now his suspension has expired.
  • The Citizens have kept a clean sheet in 3 of their last 4 matches away from The Etihad Stadium. They have won 2 of these matches.
  • The Blues have finished with the option of ‘both teams to score’ in their last 8 matches at Stamford Bridge in all competitions.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
21/02/16 The FA Cup Chelsea 5-1 Man City Diego Costa 35′
16/08/15 The Premier League Man City 3-0 Chelsea S. Agüero 31′
31/01/15 The Premier League Chelsea 1-1 Man City L. Rémy 41′
21/09/14 The Premier League Man City 1-1 Chelsea A. Schürrle 71′
15/02/14 The FA Cup Man City 2-0 Chelsea S. Jovetić 16′