Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview: Thomas Tuchel’s Blues Look To Narrow Pep Guardiola’s Dominant Lead in the Premier League

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea travel north to Manchester to take on league leaders Manchester City in a crucial match for the Premier League title.

Chelsea will look to close the current 10 point gap between them and their opponents and make this season’s title race a bit more interesting again.

Manchester City vs Chelsea: Current Form (Last Five Matches)

Chelsea: D-D-W-W-W

Chelsea’s last five matches have been a rollercoaster for supporters. They scored eleven and conceded four in two Premier League matches, two Carabao Cup matches and one FA Cup match.

Chelsea’s Semi-Final matches between Tottenham could not have gone better for the Blues. Two great team performances made a powerful statement to fans during a hectic time regarding some off field situations.

Their showing against National League side Chesterfield allowed for a confidence boost as well for some of the players as five got on the scoresheet. However, the last two Premier League matches ended in draws. While they rallied from down two goals in a tense match against Liverpool, Chelsea’s display against Brighton was a cause for concern.

Manchester City: W-W-W-W-W

Scary. Dominant. Threatening. That’s how I would describe City’s recent play. It’s hard to poke holes in this side at the moment. They look to be one of, if not the most, in form side in the world. Scoring seventeen in their last five matches and conceding five, they are on a tear.

City’s recent dominance includes putting six goals past Leicester, four past Newcastle, beating Brentford and Arsenal by a goal and cruising past League 2 side Swindon Town in the FA Cup. There’s no denying that Manchester City are full speed ahead while a raging head of steam and this force will take some serious footballing to stop.

Last Five Matchups 

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City (PL, 25th Sept. 2021)

Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea (UCL Final, 29th May 2021)

Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea (PL, 8th May 2021)

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City (FA Cup, 17th April 2021)

Chelsea 1-3 Manchester City (PL, 3rd Jan 2021)

Team News and Predicted Lineups

Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel will be without five players against City and unfortunately, these players are going to be missed. Ben Chilwell and Reece James remain off the squad as they recover from their injuries as does Trevoh Chalobah. Edouard Mendy is currently away at the African Cup of Nations with Senegal and will not return until after their campaign, but is also dealing with COVID at the moment.

As of yesterday’s press conference, Tuchel has confirmed Andreas Christensen has also been confirmed with a positive case of COVID and will miss the match. That leaves Tuchel with strength in the midfield and attack, however hurting on the wings and back line, which is not good when you have to go up against the most lethal attacking team in Europe.

Predicted Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic

How Chelsea could lineup against Manchester City.
How Chelsea could lineup against Manchester City.

Manchester City

The Citizens go into the match relatively healthy. Currently missing out on Phil Foden, Zinchenko and John Stones to injury while Riyah Mahrez is away with Algeria at AFCON it seems that Pep Guardiola is going to be able to field a very strong side. Any number of his players will be able to fill the absence of Foden, Mahrez and Stones and they are all more than capable of inflicting real damage to opponents.

Predicted Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne. Rodri, Gündogan; Sterling, Jesus, Grealish

Manchester City look strong for the visit of Chelsea.
Manchester City look strong for the visit of Chelsea.

Match Details 

Date/Time: Saturday 15th January 2022, 12:30 GMT

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Officials: Referee: Craig Pawson, VAR: Darren England

Final Thoughts and Predictions

This matchup is becoming one of the best rivalries in football. Taking trophies and titles away from each other season after season and both squads seem to just get better and better. This match will be tough and hard fought until the very end, but I have faith in Chelsea to pull out yet another win against Manchester City

Final Score: Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea

Written by John Tateossian (@johntat16)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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