Manchester City vs Chelsea is a huge game in the Premier League title race on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30AM ET on Peacock Premium) Collision of two heavyweights at the Etihad Stadium.
This will be epic.
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Pep Guardiola’s boys are now shining and have won 11 Premier League games, taking them to the top of the standings with 10 points. Chelsea are second and this is a great opportunity for City to knock Chelsea’s title hopes into a knockout, while also making it very difficult for third-placed Liverpool as well. Guardiola has expertly managed his team over the festive period and injuries have been fairly gentle with City. Defensively, they continue to excel and have so many options in their attacking midfield that everyone has stopped talking about signing a central striker. So far. City suffered against Chelsea, losing three consecutive times to coach Thomas Tuchel’s team at the end of last season. However, they comfortably beat them at Stamford Bridge earlier this season and will be the favorites in this match.
As for Chelsea, Tuchel will gain confidence from winning the FA Cup, PL and UEFA Champions League against City at the end of last season, but he knows that this will be his toughest test in the league. The Blues reached the League Cup final and their confidence and defensive stability are beginning to return. Romelu Lukaku’s situation has now been settled and everyone has moved on, and this looks like a pivotal match in Chelsea’s season. Win and they can challenge for the title, like many (including your title really) advised them to do at the start of the campaign. lose? Well, this is a very good night for Vienna for their title dreams. What a game this must be when Chelsea’s defensive juggernaut tries to stop City’s brilliant attack in a true clash of tactics.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Manchester City vs Chelsea match.
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Live analysis of the match between Manchester City and Chelsea – by Joe Prince Wright
half time: 0-0. narrow. tension. Chelsea held out there but this is the first time Chelsea have failed a single shot in the first half of a match under Tuchel. ouch.
save! Kiba with good preservation. Jack Grealish grabbed the ball after Kevin De Bruyne parried Kovacic’s pass, but Grealish’s attempt was rebounded away by Kepa who rushed off the goal line. Great chance for Grealish to put City ahead, as he looks up at the sky in disbelief.
Kepa with a big block on Grealish’s shot to keep the match level!
– NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 15 2022
A great cross from Phil Foden, but there was no one in the box to finish it. Endless tweets about Man City needing a new number nine…
Our Robbie Mostoy sums up Chelsea’s attacking problems perfectly.
Chelsea are awful when (it doesn’t happen often) they have a chance to attack/hurt Manchester City. Lukaku properly wants her in the back but doesn’t stop her well. Others chose the wrong pass. #MNCCHE
– Ruby Mostoe (@robiemustoe) January 15 2022
The city is starting to dominate the game now. However, Lukaku had a great run in the first half but Hakim Ziyech’s ball hit hard. Well positioned in the middle of the first half.
Coincidence! Well played by Romelu Lukaku as he bullies the John Stones to win the ball, pushes towards goal and tries to play Ziyech instead of shooting. The ball was too much and Ziyech was offside. Lukaku should have hit that.
Lukaku with a great run, but the pass to Ziyech just crossed the mark.
– NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 15 2022
This is heating up now. Marcos Alonso booked for a foul on Raheem Sterling. Chelsea fans harassed the City fans with chants of “European Champions, we know what we are!” The English champions won’t want to be reminded of that who – which The Champions League final in Porto last summer…
The first big chance when you see a ball over the top that Kepa is flying, misses the clearance hitting Azpilicueta and out for a Man City corner.
Starting: We are in the stadium! This is the biggest game of the season so far. At the end of this match we will know if we have a title race or not for the second half of the season…
Hello! What a game in store today! City are at the top by 10 points from second-placed Chelsea, and their victory today will eliminate the West London team’s hopes of the title.
Team news is very interesting as USMNT’s Christian Pulisic started ahead of Werner and Mount with Chelsea, while Man City left star centre-back Ruben Dias off the bench with the entry of John Stones.
Manchester City team news, squads
John Stones replaces Robin Dias in the starting line-up, while Phil Foden and Jack Grealish start. Aside from Riyad Mahrez’s absence from the Africa Cup of Nations mission, the rest of the starting lineup will be as expected for City.
Eleventh city to face Chelsea! 💥
eleventh | Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrygo, De Bruyne (centre), Bernardo, Sterling, Foden, Grealish
– Manchester City (ManCity) January 15 2022
Chelsea injury news, squad options
The Blues miss Ben Chilwell for the season after being injured in the AFC Champions League, and Reece James is set to miss a lot of time with a hamstring problem. This leaves Thomas Tuchel short at full-back, but Cesar Azpilicueta will line up on the right and Marcos Alonso on the left. Andreas Christensen is out after testing positive for COVID-19. The only other problems are Edward Mendy being in the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, so Kepa starts in goal, Trivoh Chalubah comes off with a hamstring problem, so Malang Sar starts in central defense again. USMNT star Christian Pulisic starts attacking ahead of Mason Mount and Timo Werner.
– Chelsea (ChelseaFC) January 15 2022