Chelsea vs Manchester City: Match preview, betting tips and predictions

Chelsea vs Manchester City: Match preview, betting tips and predictions

 

Ben Chiwell volleys wide during Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa
Inches wide: Ben Chilwell volleys wide against Villa in their 1-1 draw in the premier league. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)

Chelsea vs Manchester City
Stamford Bridge
5:30pm

 

There’s a lot to be worried about on either side of this fixture with Chelsea struggling for points, just one league win in five and City struggling for fitness after five players become unavailable following coronavirus testing.

 

Manchester City’s game against Everton was called off just hours before kickoff after Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus were reported positive on Christmas day, Pep Guardiola however confirmed that there’s a spike in cases in his team with three more first team players ruled out due to the virus.

Chelsea don’t have Covid cases but they do have form problems, since going top earlier in December, they have only beaten Westham with losses Everton, Wolves and out of sorts Arsenal, their last was a draw at home to Aston Villa, a result that pushed them outside of the top four.

The opening fixture of the year hasn’t been kind to the Blues of recent with a 1-1 result against Brighton in 2020 coming to mind, Frank Lampard is expected to do businesses in the window that just opened but before then, he has to make a statement of note against a seemingly depleted Manchester City.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero

There are rumors that Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are among the three players that tested positive to the virus before New Year day but Pep Guardiola has asked newsmen to wait until matchday to find out, insisting that he’s not allowed to divulge.

Timo Werner continues to struggle in front of goal for Chelsea with just four goals to his name in the league, there are enough excuses for him considering where he has been deployed, on the flanks instead of upfront but the presence of Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham means he has to adapt.

On paper, one would favor the former Arsenal man to start upfront but building for the future means one has to compromise and sacrifice in times like this, but the question for Lampard is: Does he want immediate impact or future balance?

Manchester City can hand a start to danger man, Sergio Aguero, Guardiola has been cautious with the Argentine and if he isn’t one of the further three to miss the game due to COVID, he should get the nod to have a go at Chelsea.

Thiago Silva will return alongside Kourt Zouma in defense, Andreas Christenson didn’t cover himself in glory in the 1-1 draw against Villa and will certainly now go further down in pecking orders, the midfield fulcrum should be Kante and Kovacic but the real confusion lies in the final third.

Lampard still doesn’t know his best options upfront, Mason Mount is his preferred number 10 but he must find a way to accommodate Kai Havertz who is under pressure to justify his big transfer fee, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson Odoi.

The last five is pretty even between the two, two wins each and a draw in the Carabao cup 11 months ago, this would be a game of who wants it more.

Verdict: City to win or draw

 

 

COMMENTS

Name

Aaron Ramsey,2,Ac Milan,26,Adam Llana,1,Adnan Januzaj,3,AFCON,3,Aguero,2,Alex Iwobi,1,Alexis Sanchez,3,Alvaro Morata,2,Ander Herrera,1,andre ayew,1,Andre schurrle,2,Andrea Pirlo,3,Andrey Arshavin,1,Angel Di Maria,2,anthony martial,2,antonio conte,1,arda turan,4,Argentina,15,Arjen Robben,2,Arsenal,275,Arsene Wenger,19,Arteta,1,arturo vidal,2,AS Roma,5,Asamoah Gyan,2,Aston Villa,6,Atletico,2,Atletico Madird,1,Atletico Madrid,18,Aubameyang,3,Bacary Sagna,1,Bale,2,Ballon d'or,4,Balotelli,3,Barcelona,101,Bastian Schweinsteiger,2,Bayer Leverkusen,1,Bayern munich,37,begovic,1,belgium,7,Benfica,2,benteke,1,Benzema,8,Bertrand Traore,1,betting,267,betting tips,3,Birmingham,1,blog post,27,blog spot,1,blogpost,5,blow,1,Borrusia Dortmund,2,Borussia Dortmund,12,Bournemouth,2,Brazil,21,Brazil 2014,6,brazil match highlights,1,Brazuca,1,Breaking news,11,Brendan Rodgers,1,Brighton,1,Bundesliga,13,Burkina faso,1,Burnley,1,cameroon,7,Capital one cup,15,Carabao cup,1,cardiff,4,Cardiff city,2,Carlos Marchena,1,Carlos Tevez,2,Carlton Cole,1,Cazorla,1,CECH,3,Celta vigo,2,Cesar Azpilicueta,2,Cesc Fabregas,1,Champions League,12,CHAN,1,Charly Musonda,1,chelsea,331,Cheslea,3,Chile,1,Christian Benteke,2,colombia,3,conte,1,Copa America,2,Copa Lagos 2013,1,Costa Rica,1,Coutinho,2,Cristiano Ronaldo,77,croatia,4,Crystal Palace,2,Crystal Palce,1,Dani Alves,2,Daniel Sturridge,1,Danny Welbeck,1,David Beckham,3,David de gea,3,David Luiz,5,David Moyes,1,David Silva,3,Demba Ba,2,Di Maria,5,dider drogba,1,Didier Drogba,3,Diego Costa,10,Dortmund,1,Douglas Costa,2,drake,1,Dzeko,1,Eboue,1,eden hazard,11,edgar davids,1,Edin Dzeko,1,Egypt,1,El Classico,7,El Shaarawy,1,elche,1,Elderson Echiejile,1,Emmanuel Emenike,1,emre can,1,england,37,English premier league,64,Enyimba FC,2,EPL,193,Eric de Oliveira,1,Erik Lamela,1,Ethiopia,1,Eto'o,2,Europa League,1,Europe,8,Everton,13,FA,1,FA Cup,13,FA Cup final,1,Fabio,1,Fabio Borini,1,Fabregas,1,Falcao,9,fans,1,feature dpost,1,featured,690,Featured news,2,Featured post,702,featured postSource: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe,1,fernado llorente,1,fernandinho,1,Fernando Torres,3,Fetaured,1,FIFA,1,fifa 16,4,FIFA Ballon d'or,1,fifth round draw,1,Fiorentina,2,Football,6,Football news,7,football wags,1,footballer's girlfriend,1,france,8,Franck Ribery,3,Frank Lampard,2,French Ligue 1,5,Fulham,4,Fulham Liverpool,1,gabriel Jesus,1,Gareth Bale,7,Gary Neville,1,German Bundesliga,10,Germany,13,Gervinho,1,getafe,1,Ghana,3,gibbs,1,gif,123,Giorgio Chiellini,1,Giroud,2,goal,66,Goals,2,Golazo,73,gold cup,1,Golden eaglets,2,Gonzalo Higuain,1,Gossip,91,graphic,4,guedes,1,Guiseppe Rossi,1,Halloween,1,Hamburger,1,Harry Kane,8,hazard,3,Hernanes,1,Hertha Berlin,1,history,1,Holland,7,huddersfield,1,Hulk,1,Hull city,3,Ibrahimovic,1,iceland,2,iheanacho,1,IK Uche,2,Iker Casillas,2,Individual Highlights,20,Iniesta,3,inler,1,Inter,1,Inter Milan,9,International friendly,3,Interview,17,Isco,1,Italian Serie A,9,Italy,10,ivica Olic,1,Ivory coast,2,Iwobi,1,Jack Wilshere,1,James Rodriguez,1,Japan,1,Javi Martinez,1,Javier Hernandez,1,Jesus navas,1,Joe Hart,1,Joel Campbell,1,John Obi Mikel,2,John Terry,1,Johnny Evans,1,Jordan,1,jordon ibe,1,jose callejon,1,Jose Mourinho,56,Juan Mata,19,Juventus,39,Kagawa,2,Kaka,2,Kante,1,Karim Benzema,3,Kelechi Iheanacho,7,Kenneth Omeruo,3,Kenya,1,Kevin De Bruyne,7,Klopp,2,koke,1,kolarov,1,Kyle walker,1,LA Galaxy,1,La liga,58,Lates news,2,latest,2,latest news,7,latest news,1614,latest news news,1,latest news world cup,1,latest news. video,2,latest post,1,Laurent Koscielny,1,Lavezzi,1,Leandro Bacuna,1,leicester,5,Lewandoski,2,Ligue 1,8,lille,1,Lionel Messi,25,Lionel Messi. Argentina,1,Live stream,73,liverpool,141,Loic Remy,2,louis van gaal,4,Lucas Moura,1,Luis suarez,19,Luka Modric,1,Lukaku,2,Lyon,2,Man city,27,Man United,4,Man utd,2,Mancheste City,1,manchester city,106,manchester united,224,Manchetser city,1,manchetser united,1,Mandela,1,Maradona,3,Marco Reus,3,Mario Balotelli,12,Mario Gotze,1,Marseille,2,match,1,Match fixing,1,Match highlights,294,match highlights manchester city,1,match higlights,1,Match Preview,16,match report,22,matci,1,Maurizio Sarri,4,Mbappe,4,Memphis Depay,3,Mertesacker,1,mess,1,Messi,42,mesut ozil,10,Mexico,13,Michael Carrick,1,Michel Platini,1,mikel,1,Mikel Arteta,1,Mikel Obi,1,miranda,1,MLS,7,Monaco,3,Mourinho,4,mum,1,Nadal,1,Nani,3,Napoli,10,nathan,1,neews,1,new,3,New Zealand,1,newcastel,1,Newcastle,20,Newcastle united,4,news,1772,news latest news,1,news manchester united,1,news Obi Mikel,1,news. opinion,1,news. video,1,newst chelsea,1,Neymar,21,Nigeria,272,Nigeria premier League,1,Norwich,6,Novak Djokovic,1,NPFL,6,Obi Mikel,1,ochoa,1,odion ighalo,3,olic,1,Oliver Giroud,3,Olivier Giroud,2,Olly Murs,1,Olympique Marseille,2,Opinion,272,Opinion champions league,1,oscar,3,Ozil,6,Pandurii,1,Paul Pogba,8,Pedro,9,Pemier League,1,Pep Guardiola,8,Per Mertesacker,1,peru,1,Petr Cech,8,Phillipe Coutinho,1,Picture,172,picture. Arsenal,1,Pictures,17,pictures news,1,pictures real madrid,1,Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,1,Piers Morgan,1,pinto,1,pique,1,Pirlo,1,Player and Manager of the month,1,Pochettino,1,Pogba,1,POLAND,1,porto,1,portugal,6,post-match interview,2,predictions,4,Premier League,501,Preview,3,PSG,29,Pulisic,1,Qatar,1,Rafael Nada,1,raheem sterling,4,Ramires,2,Real Betis,1,Real Madrid,97,real marid,1,Real Sociedad,3,reece oxford,1,Rio Ferdinand,2,Robert Lewandoski,4,Robert Snodgrass,1,Robin Van persie,7,Robinho,1,Roma,4,Romelu Lukaku,5,Ronaldinho,2,Ronaldo,1,Rooney,3,rumour,9,Ryan giggs,1,Sadio Mane,2,salah,3,Sam Sodje,1,Sami Khedira,1,sampdoria,1,Samsung,1,Samuel Eto'o,2,Santi Cazorla,1,sarri,1,scary,1,Schalke,8,Scotland,2,senegal,4,Sepp Blatter,1,sergio aguero,4,Sergio Ramos,1,Serie A,29,Sevilla,3,Sky sports,1,Song,1,Southampton,13,Spain,34,Spanis La liga,2,Spanish La Liga,10,Starting XI,2,Steven Gerrard,2,Stoke,3,Stoke city,5,Suarez,2,suicide bomber,1,sunday oliseh,2,Sunderland,6,super eagles,11,Swansea,6,SWEDEN,1,Taiye Taiwo,1,Team news,43,team news. Liverpool,1,team of the week,2,terrorist,1,the fa cup,3,thibaut courtois,1,Thiery Henry,4,toni kroos,1,tor,1,Tottenahm,1,Tottenham,38,Tottenham hotspur,32,Transfer,269,Transfer news,120,transfer news latest news,1,Transfer rumour,2,Transfers,1,transfers news,1,trasnfer,1,Tunisia,1,U-17 World cup,5,uchebo,1,UCL,30,UEFA,1,UEFA Champions League,34,UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE,2,Unai Emery,1,Uruguay,3,USA,3,Valencia,2,van gaal,1,Van persie,2,Victor Moses,7,Vidal,1,Video,762,Video falcao,1,video match highlights,1,video world cup,1,video. barcelona. neymar,1,video. goal,1,videos,5,Vieo,1,Villareal,4,Vincent Enyeama,3,viswo,1,WAG,1,WAGS,3,Watford,8,Wayen Rooney,1,Wayne Rooney,7,Welbeck,1,Werder Bremen,2,West brom,5,West Ham,11,Willian,5,Wolfsburg,4,Wolves,4,women,1,World cup,364,World cup qualifier,1,Xabi Alonso,1,Yaya Toure,7,Yoan Gouffran,1,Yohan Cabaye,2,Zambia,1,Zidane,2,Zlatan Ibrahimovic,4,
ltr
item
Footballnus | Get the latest football news, highlights, videos, and transfer gossip: Chelsea vs Manchester City: Match preview, betting tips and predictions
Chelsea vs Manchester City: Match preview, betting tips and predictions
Chelsea vs Manchester City: Match preview, betting tips and predictions
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CbAHrQEAr6k/X_BKWoJP0rI/AAAAAAAABhk/Rr2xQ5_I8PsUwdWZw1dPb_CLZCz1IIMFQCLcBGAsYHQ/w640-h360/1293502031.jpg
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CbAHrQEAr6k/X_BKWoJP0rI/AAAAAAAABhk/Rr2xQ5_I8PsUwdWZw1dPb_CLZCz1IIMFQCLcBGAsYHQ/s72-w640-c-h360/1293502031.jpg
Footballnus | Get the latest football news, highlights, videos, and transfer gossip
https://www.footballnus.com/2021/01/chelsea-vs-manchester-city-match.html
https://www.footballnus.com/
https://www.footballnus.com/
https://www.footballnus.com/2021/01/chelsea-vs-manchester-city-match.html
true
138668994082972833
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content