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FA CUP- Chelsea vs Manchester City: Preview, Team News and Prediction

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There is a lot of excitement around Chelsea and Manchester City camps right now. Both of them have managed to reach the semi-final of the Champions League. But on Saturday one of them will be eliminated from the FA Cup. The Premier League giants are set to take on each other at Wembley in the semi-finals.

Chelsea’s record against Manchester City in the FA Cup hasn’t been very good. They have lost four of the previous five games. However, in the last game between the two teams, the Blues emerged victorious with a 5-1 win.

Not only this the Citizens have won six of their previous nine games against the Londoners in all competitions. Also in their three meetings at Wembley, Manchester City has won all three of them. This includes a 1-2 win in the 2013 FA Cup, 2-0 win in the Community Shield in 2018, and a win on penalties in the Carabao Cup final in 2019.

Despite these discouraging stats, Chelsea does have something to cheer upon. If they reach the FA Cup final, it will be their 15th time in the FA Cup final. Only Arsenal and Manchester United have reached more times than Chelsea. Also, they have won their previous seven FA Cup semi-finals. Pep Guardiola lost both his FA Cup semi-finals against Arsenal.

Chelsea vs Manchester City: Preview, Team News, Line Up, and Prediction

Analysis: Chelsea vs Manchester City

This game should be a very good spectacle because of how the teams are set up for the game. So far both managers have shown how they want their teams to play. More than tactics it will be individual performances that will get the win.

Manchester City are likely to start with a false nine. They will try to bring Chelsea players out of position to create spaces to run into. On the other hand, the Blues will try to keep the City players wide on the wing and overload a particular area. By doing this they will try to win the ball and counter-attack.

For Manchester City, they will try to switch the play beating Chelsea’s overload. In case of they are unable to do so and the Blues have the possession Guardiola’s men will not hesitate to do tactics fouls. However, if they are able to do so, the winger receiving the ball will try to run at the Chelsea defence.

Also, it is possible that Chelsea might show more intensity in the game. They played their Champions League game on Tuesday night, while Manchester City played theirs on Wednesday. It might make a difference in the early stages of the game.

When and Where

Chelsea and Manchester City will play at Wembley stadium on 17th April 2021 at 10:00 PM (IST).

Team News and Injury Update

Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel has already confirmed that Matteo Kovacic isn’t available for the game. Apart from that, the Blues have no other injury concerns.

Predicted Line Up: Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Reece James, Jorginho, Kante, Marcos Alonso, Callum Hudson Odio,  Kai Havertz, Timo Werner.

Manchester City

Predicted Line Up: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Silva, Sterling.

Head to Head stats: Chelsea vs Manchester City

In their previous five games, Manchester City have won four and Chelsea only once. There has been no draw between the two sides in recent years.

Differentials

Chelsea- N’Golo Kante

The Frenchman is undoubtedly Chelsea’s best player. Kanye’s pace and energy will be crucial for them to fend off waves of Manchester City attacks. Not only this he is very much capable of breaking Man City’ play and start a counter-attack.

Manchester City- Kevin De Bryune

In recent times the Belgian has enjoyed scoring against Chelsea. Even at Wembley, he won’t hesitate to score and celebrate. De Bryune is very much capable of opening Chelsea’s defence with one good pass if things get tough for the Citizens.

The 12th Man Prediction: Chelsea 2 : 1 Manchester City

In recent games, Manchester City has struggled to open up the defence. While under Tuchel Chelsea have a very good defensive record.  

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