One of the Premier League’s marquee matches will take place on Saturday at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea will meet Manchester City. From the results of the first five games of the 2021-22 season, Manchester City is fifth in the table with 10 points, while Chelsea leads with 13 points. Here is everything you need to know about Chelsea vs Manchester City football prediction, team news, and lineup for the Premier League match of the season.
In the last two games, Édouard Mendy was out for the Blues squad but coach Thomas Tuchel is confident he will be available for Saturday’s match against Manchester City.
N’Golo Kante is unlikely to start here after he started against Aston Villa in midweek.
Saul Niguez has no chance of starting after another underwhelming performance against Aston Villa.
Reece James was fantastic in midweek but may have to settle for a bench spot.
It would be interesting to see how Pep Guardiola manages his squad as Manchester City has three consecutive away games against Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool.
City manager Pep Guardiola is already concerned about the fitness of key players such as Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Rodri, and Ilkay Gundogan. Nathan Ake will step in if neither Stones nor Laporte recovers in time for Saturday’s early kick-off.
Despite the need for minutes, it’s surprising Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne played 90 minutes against Wycombe in midweek given City’s upcoming fixtures.
With Bernardo Silva ready to take over if necessary it wouldn’t be a surprise if one started on the bench against Chelsea.
Riyad Mahrez could find himself on the bench. At the moment, it appears that Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling are vying for the starting spot in City’s midfield, though the former may prevail.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Prediction
Chelsea is three points ahead of Manchester City being unbeaten in all of their games this season. As Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has won all three games against Pep Guardiola.
A defeat on Saturday would put City further back in the title race after they suffered a league setback last weekend when they were held to a goalless draw by Southampton.
Although it is still early in the season, the significance of this match cannot be overstated. Both managers will be desperate to make a statement, but it is likely to be a tight and cagey affair at Stamford Bridge, and we have had to settle for a low-scoring draw, which both teams would likely accept.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Christensen, T Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Havertz
Manchester City possible starting lineup: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Jesus, Torres, Grealish
Our Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City