Manchester City vs Chelsea is a massive fixture in the Premier League title race on Saturday (watch live, 7.30am ET on Peacock Premium) as two heavyweights collide at the Etihad Stadium.
It will be epic.
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Pep Guardiola’s boys are on fire at the moment and have won 11 Premier League games in a row, moving them 10 points clear at the top of the table. Chelsea are in second place and it’s a huge opportunity for City to deliver a hammer blow to Chelsea’s title hopes, while making it very difficult for third-placed Liverpool as well. Guardiola has rotated his squad expertly over the festive period and injuries have been pretty kind to City. Defensively they continue to excel and they have so many options in attacking midfield that everyone has stopped talking about them signing a central striker. For now. City struggled against Chelsea as they lost three in a row to Thomas Tuchel’s side at the end of last season. However, they comfortably beat them at Stamford Bridge earlier this season and will be heavy favorites heading into this game.
As for Chelsea, Tuchel will draw confidence from FA Cup, PL and UEFA Champions League final wins over City at the end of last season, but he knows it will be their toughest test in the league. Les Bleus are in the Coupe de la Ligue final and their confidence and defensive stability are starting to return. Romelu Lukaku’s situation is now settled and everyone has moved on, and it looks like a pivotal game in Chelsea’s season. Win and they could fight for the title, as many (including yours) advised them to do at the start of the campaign. To lose? Well, that’s pretty much goodnight Vienna for their title dreams. What a game it should be as Chelsea’s defensive juggernaut attempt to halt City’s deft attack in a veritable clash of styles.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Chelsea.
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Manchester City vs Chelsea live analysis – By Joe Prince-Wright
ODDS! First, a ball through the box narrowly misses Sterling at the back post, as the penalties are called off. Then Kovacic plays Lukaku at the break but his strike is well saved by Ederson. Brilliant start to the second half.
HALF-TIME: 0-0. Greenhouse. Tense. Chelsea hung on, but it was the first time under Tuchel that they failed to fire a single shot in the first half of a game. Ouch.
TO SAVE! Kepa with a nice save. Jack Grealish hangs on a loose ball after Kevin de Bruyne deflects Kovacic’s pass, but Grealish’s effort is wide deflected by Kepa who rushes off his line. Great chance for Grealish to put City ahead, as he stares up at the sky in disbelief.
Kepa with the huge save on Grealish’s shot to keep the game level!
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 15, 2022
A great run and cross from Phil Foden, but no one was in the box to finish it. Cue endless tweets about Man City needing a new number nine…
Our very own Robbie Mustoe sums up Chelsea’s attacking problems perfectly.
Chelsea are awful when (it doesn’t happen very often) they’ve had the chance to attack/injure Man City. Lukaku wants it properly behind but didn’t hold it well. Others chose the wrong pass. #MNCCHE
— Robbie Mustoe (@robbiemustoe) January 15, 2022
City are starting to take over the game now. However, Lukaku made a great run at the break but Hakim Ziyech’s ball was passed. Perfectly balanced midway through the first half.
LUCK! Good play from Romelu Lukaku as he bullies John Stones to win the ball, drives towards goal and tries to play Ziyech instead of shooting. The ball was passed and Ziyech was offside. Lukaku should have hit that.
Lukaku with a great run, but the pass to Ziyech misses the mark.
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 15, 2022
It’s starting to heat up now. Marcos Alonso booked for a foul on Raheem Sterling. Chelsea fans tease City fans with chants of “Champions of Europe, we know what we are!” The English champions won’t want to be reminded this Champions League final in Porto last summer…
First big chance as a ball over the top sees Kepa flying out, missing a clearance that hits Azpilicueta and out for a Man City corner.
TO START UP: We are in progress at the Etihad Stadium! It’s the biggest game of the season so far. At the end of this match, we will know whether or not we have a title race for the second half of the season…
Salvation! What a game we have in store today! City top the table, 10 points above second-placed Chelsea, and victory today would end the west London club’s title hopes.
Squad news is very exciting with USMNT’s Christian Pulisic ahead of Werner and Mount for Chelsea, while Man City have left out centre-back Ruben Dias who is on the bench when John Stones arrives.
Manchester City team news, lineups
John Stones replaces Ruben Dias in the starting lineup, while Phil Foden and Jack Grealish both start. Aside from Riyad Mahrez being absent on AFCON duty, the rest of the starting line-up is as expected for City.
Your City XI to face Chelsea! 💥
XI | Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Sterling, Foden, Grealish
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 15, 2022
Chelsea injury news, line-up options
The Blues have Ben Chilwell out for the season after his ACL injury and Reece James is set to miss plenty of time with a hamstring problem. That leaves Thomas Tuchel short at the back but Cesar Azpilicueta will line up on the right and Marcos Alonso on the left. Andreas Christensen is out after a positive COVID-19 test. The only other issues are that Edouard Mendy is in the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, so Kepa starts in goal, while Trevoh Chalobah is out with a hamstring problem, so Malang Sarr starts again in the centre. USMNT star Christian Pulisic starts ahead of Mason Mount and Timo Werner on offense.
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 15, 2022