Ahead of the match at Stamford bridge, West London, 12:30pm (GMT +1), Let's look at Both Teams updates, their previous meetings in this fixture, their recent forms, likely formations and match day result.
Chelsea Team Updates
Eduardo mendy is still out after his injury in the UEFA Champions league opening match against Zenith St. Petersburg. Christian Pulsic is recovering well but is unlikely to be fit for this game. Aside these two senior players, Thomas Tuchel has a relatively full squad to prolong his winning formula against Pep Guardiola.
GoalKeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli.
Defenders:Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, James Reece, Ben Chilwell, Marco Alonso.
Midfielders: Kai Havertz, N'golo Kante, Saul Niguez, Kovacic, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Forwards: Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson Odoi, Romelu Lukaku.
Manchester City Team Updates
Pep Guardiola has some big defensive injuries as John Stones and Aymeric Laporte missed the midweek game due a muscle injury and groin problem respectively. Ilkay Gundogan is also a doubt, Benjamin Mendy is suspended, while Rodri, Oleksandr Zinchenko, who all missed the stalemate with Southampton last weekend, are all big doubts for this game.
Pep Guardiola fielded City's U-23 team that includes Luke Mbete-Tabu, Finley Burns, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Romeo Lavia and Conrad Egan-Riley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and they delivered with aplomb. But against the reigning European Champions, Pep Guardiola will hope his Senior boys gets fit on time to feature. Phil Foden is back and was impressive in the midweek game.
Manchester City Available Squad
GoalKeepers: Ederson Morales, Zack Steffen, Scot Carrson.
Defenders: Ruben Dias, Luke Mbete-Tabu, Finley Burns, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Romeo Lavia, João Cancelo, Nathan Ake, Kyle Walker.
Midfielders: Jack Grealish, Kevin Debruyne, Fernandinho, Phil Foden, Bernado Silva, Conrad Egan-Riley, Cole Palmer, James McAtee.
Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez.
Late Additions: Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri.
Recent Meetings Between Chelsea and Manchester City, And Their Recent Forms.
Chelsea have won two(2) and lost one(1) against Manchester City in their last three premier League match at Stamford bridge, the most recent been the 3-1 win on 3rd January 2021.
Chelsea have maintained a 100% start to the new season in all competitions. Their only draw was against Liverpool in the league, a match they finished one man short.
Chelsea FORM In All Competitions This Season: W-W-D-W-W-W-W
Manchester City FORM In All Competitions This Season: L-W-W-W-W-D-W
Manchester City lost their opening premier League match and have since gone on a winning streak except for their last weekend draw with Southampton. They won their third round Carabao Cup against Wycombe on Tuesday with a relatively young side and will be hoping to inflict a first defeat on Chelsea this season.
Chelsea Likely Formations
Basically, Thomas Tuchel will continue with his famed 3-4-3 Chelsea formation. Kepa Arrizabalaga will continue in the likely absence of the injured Mendy. Thiago Silva will likely return in a back three comprising Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger. Jorginho in the two man midfield with N'golo Kante, while Marcos Alonso starts in the left wingback role and James Reece should return to the right wingback. In attack, Mason or Harvetz in the No. 10 role, while Romelu Lukaku and either of Timo werner or Hakim should complete the two man forward.
Chelsea FC 3-4-1-2 formation
Chelsea FC 3-4-2-1 formation
Manchester City Predicted Line Up
Pep Guardiola will stick to his preferred 4-3-3 attack minded and aggressive marking football. Ruben Dias is fit and is likely to be partnered by Nathan Ake in the absence of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte. Kyle Walker should return to the right side defence, while João Cancelo is likely to deputise in the left side due to Mendy and Zinchenko absence. In the middle, Fernandinho, Kevin Debruyne and Benardo Silva or Gundogan, if fit to start. In the three man Attack, Raheem Sterling, Mahrez and either Ferran torres or Gabriel Jesus to start.
Manchester City 4-3-3 formations
Predicted Match Result
Chelsea impressive league form continued against Aston Villa last weekend, with the blues sitting top of the league. Pep Guardiola has a depleted squad but will be hoping to get victory at Stamford bridge on Saturday. However, Chelsea for their home advantage and relatively full squad are more likely to win by 2-1.
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