Chelsea will host reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday afternoon in one of the Premier League’s marquee matches which will take place at Stamford Bridge. With 13 points from the first five league games, Chelsea is leading the table while Manchester City sits fifth with 10 points from their first five league games of the 2021-22 season. Here is our expert guess on Chelsea vs Manchester City football prediction, team news, and lineup for the Premier League match of the season.
Thomas Tuchel is confident that Édouard Mendy will be available for Saturday’s match against Manchester City. Mendy was absent from the Blues squad in the last two games.
In midweek, N’Golo Kante started against Aston Villa so he’s unlikely to start again here.
Saul Niguez had another underwhelming performance against Aston Villa so he has no chance of starting.
Reece James was fantastic in midweek but may have to settle for a bench spot.
Manchester City is scheduled to play three consecutive away games against Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool, hence, it will be interesting to see how Pep Guardiola manages his squad.
The fitness of Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan makes City manager Pep Guardiola concerned.
For Saturday’s early kick-off, if neither Stones nor Laporte recover in time Nathan Ake will step in.
Given City’s upcoming fixtures, it’s surprising Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne played 90 minutes against Wycombe in midweek despite the need for minutes. Riyad Mahrez could find himself on the bench.
It appears that Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling are vying for the starting spot in City’s midfield, though the former may prevail.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Prediction
So far in the season, Chelsea has been unbeaten in all of their games. Being Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has won all three games against Pep Guardiola.
Last weekend when City was held to a goalless draw by Southampton they suffered a league setback. A defeat on Saturday would put City further back in the title race. A loss for Man City at Stamford Bridge would not be surprising considering their injury woes.
Although it is still early in the season, the significance of this match cannot be overstated. Both managers will be desperate to make a statement, but it is likely to be a tight and cagey affair at Stamford Bridge, and we have had to settle for a low-scoring draw, which both teams would likely accept.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Christensen, T Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Havertz
Manchester City possible starting lineup: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Jesus, Torres, Grealish
Our Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City
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