Chelsea vs Manchester City
English Premier League
Date: Thursday, 25 June 2020
Kick off at 20:15 UK/ 21:15 CET
Venue: at the Stamford Bridge.
Gameweek 31 of the Premier League season concludes with a top-four battle between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night. Both sides go into the blockbuster contest with a 100% record since lockdown, with Chelsea beating Aston Villa on Sunday and Man City winning two from two so far.
Chelsea vs Manchester City:Head-to-head (h2h) stats
Man City have dominated this fixture in recent seasons, winning six of the last seven meetings across all competitions stretching back to April 2017. That run includes just one victory at Stamford Bridge, though, and historically it is Chelsea who have fared better in this contest with 67 wins to Man City’s 58. The reverse fixture in November saw Kante give Chelsea the lead at the Etihad Stadium, only for De Bruyne to equalise against his former club before Mahrez completed the turnaround in a 2-1 Man City triumph.
Chelsea vs Manchester City: Prediction
Not all the bookmakers will agree as their odds reflect, but Chelsea could even start as slight favourites in this game as Manchester City’s focus may drift off to other competitions. City are still a formidable team, but Chelsea may nick what should be an entertaining encounter by the odd goal.
Chelsea vs Manchester City:Team News
Man City could be without record goalscorer Sergio Aguero for the rest of the season after he aggravated a knee injury against Burnley last time out. The Argentine is now set to travel to Barcelona to see a specialist on the problem, which could require surgery, leaving Gabriel Jesus as the de facto first-choice striker for the remainder of the campaign. The make-up of Guardiola’s XI beyond that is anyone’s guess; David Silva and Riyad Mahrez are the only outfield players to start both matches back so far, and so both can be safely viewed as prime candidates for rotation this time around. Mahrez did score twice against Burnley, though, so he will be hopeful of another start, as will fellow double-goalscorer Phil Foden despite picking up a knock on Monday night. Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte are among the big names who could return to the starting XI, but John Stones remains a doubt and Eric Garcia is once again ruled out due to the Premier League’s concussion protocols.
Chelsea are waiting on the fitness of Callum Hudson-Odoi after he missed Sunday’s match with an ankle injury, while Fikayo Tomori is definitely absent for the hosts. Pulisic will hope to have earned a start with his goal off the bench, while Olivier Giroud may have also ensured that he leads the line again by getting the winner against Villa moments later. Jorginho is available to return having served his two-match ban, although the likes of Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Billy Gilmour and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also competing for midfield spots.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic
Man City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Foden; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling