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Chelsea vs Manchester City Prediction & Match Preview

Chelsea vs Manchester City
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 3 January 2021
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge.


Saturday’s football match at Selhurst Park pits together Crystal Palace and Sheffield United, the two teams who sit in the bottom half of the table.

The Eagles aim to put an end to their five-game winless run, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Sheffield United.

Palace will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways, and we are positive that they will give fans something to cheer about.

The Blades, on the other hand, have been playing below expectations in the 2020/21 Premier League season, with the team collecting only two points in total.

Sheffield United are low on confidence ahead of the trip to London, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling the Eagles’ party at Selhurst Park.

Important midfielder John Lundstram remains on the sidelines through suspension for the visitors.

Chelsea vs Manchester City Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Chelsea Manchester City played so far 46 matches.
Chelsea won 23 direct matches. Manchester City won 18 matches. 5 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.76 goals per Match.

Chelsea vs Manchester City Prediction

Chelsea in actual season average scored 2.12 goals per match. In 10 (83.33%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (58.33%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Manchester City average scored 1.77 goals per match in season 2021. In 6 (54.55%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (27.27%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

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However, doubts remain over the fitness of Hakim Ziyech - who has returned to full training but may not be risked from the off - while Reece James is definitely out with a hamstring problem.

Cesar Azpilicueta is therefore in line to make his 400th appearance for the club with James sidelined, while Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are expected to make way for Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma.

Mateo Kovacic should also return to the midfield in place of Jorginho, while Giroud's goal against Villa is unlikely to see him retain his spot in the starting lineup ahead of Tammy Abraham.

Manchester City did not reveal the identities of the other three players who tested positive for coronavirus alongside Walker and Jesus, but Ederson seemingly confirmed on social media that he is self-isolating and will not be available here.

Zack Steffen is therefore set for a baptism of fire on his Premier League debut, while Eric Garcia - who is supposedly close to sealing a switch to Barcelona - is also unavailable as he nurses a leg injury.

Ilkay Gundogan took a blow to the ankle against Newcastle, but the midfielder expressed optimism over his chances of playing in the proposed meeting with Everton, so he should be fine to line up alongside Rodri in the heart of midfield.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea's nemesis Aguero can last the full 90 minutes but he should certainly start this one, although Torres is waiting in the wings and ready to be called upon.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Abraham, Werner

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero
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