While City can officially clinch a third domestic title triumph in four years with another win here, this game is a dress rehearsal of what this season’s Champions League final would look like.
Premier League 2020/2021 campaign
Kick-off: 17:30 pm
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Manchester City delivered yet another masterclass when they beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 in midweek, Riyad Mahrez helping himself to a sensational double as the Citizens landed themselves a place in an European showpiece for the first time ever.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be wary of their latest opposition however, having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea last month though the hosts healthy lead of points in the Premier League mean they do not in any way look like they will be relinquishing their strong hold of the top spot.
Chelsea on their part, booked their own spot in Istanbul, beating Real Madrid by the same score line, with Timo Werner and Mason Mount scoring for the Blues.
While they stay on course for a top four finish and are currently three points clear of fifth, Thomas Tuchel and his troops will want to lay down a marker against their rivals ahead of next month’s important final showdown.
John Stones is suspended for City, and is the only absentee for the hosts.
Tuchel will be sweating on the fitness of César Azpilicueta and Mateo Kovacic ahead of the trip to Manchester.
Manchester City last five PL games: WWLWW
Chelsea last five PL games: LWDWW
No manager has led his side to more clean sheets in his opening 15 Premier League games than the 11 Thomas Tuchel has managed for Chelsea.
Chelsea’s defence has been top notch in recent weeks, but against City who seem to be scoring for fun in recent times, we reckon it will be a tall order trying to contain them. Thus, this is a game worthy of producing sparks, and we’re tipping both sides to get on the scoreboard at the Etihad. That market is 19/20 for odds on BetClever.
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