Chelsea face Pep Guardiola's Man City in the Premier league after their victory over Dean Smith's Aston Villa team. The match which ended in a nervy penalty shootout saw Reece James score the winning penalty and help his team progress.
Thomas Tuchel will have to turn his focus to the current Premier League defending champions as they are also coming off a successful Carabao cup outing. They face off in the EPL and below are important things to note about the upcoming fixture.
Date and Venue
The highly anticipated game is set to hold in Stamford Bridge which is Chelsea's home stadium. It is set to be their third EPL home game of the season as they have played most of their Premier League matches away from home this season.
It is set to kick off at 12:30 and is set to be the early kick-off fixture. The match will be televised and can be streamed also.
This formation is what Chelsea have stuck with throughout their time with Thomas Tuchel. His tactical tweaking against Aston Villa didn't work out well for him so he is expected to stick to his usual pattern.
Lukaku starts up front due to his excellent form accompanied by Kai Havertz and Mason Mount. The back three of Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen is the best available at the club right now. They are all expected to start because of the importance of the fixture.
Pep Guardiola will likely start with his famous 4-3-3 tactical setup, using one holding defensive midfielder to guard a back four comprising of fast wing backs. Ruben Dias Stone partnership has forged a lot of wins for the tactician and they will be expected to start this crucial match.
The two teams have faced each other 48 times in the Premier League era and Chelsea have had the upper hand in most of these meetings. They have won 27 out of the 48 games they have played against the "Citizens". Their seven draws have been rare as it is obvious this fixture provides pure entertainment and end to end football.
Manchester City have claimed victory 14 times against Chelsea but their 9 home wins pales in comparison to Chelsea's 14 as well as their 5 away wins to Chelsea's 13. Their last five games have proven the dominance Chelsea have over them as they have won 4 out of their last 5 games.
After considering the facts available it is imperative to believe that Chelsea have the advantage here due to their rich history against them. In recent times Guardiola has proven his ability by making Man City a dreaded team in the EPL.
Thomas Tuchel's work should also not be underrated as his defensive acumen has been key to Chelsea's recent achievements. My predicted scoreline is a narrow Man City victory Chelsea 0-1 Man City.
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