Manchester City could practically lock the title in the Premier League 2021-22, with 16 games to be played if the defending champion defeats the second Chelsea at home on Saturday.
Pepa Guardiola’s team has built a 10-point lead over their nearest rival thanks to a series of 11 wins in the league, which coincided with the recent loss of Chelsea points with six draws and a loss in the same period.
After a strong start to the campaign, Chelsea’s dynamics were interrupted for a long time by a combination of COVID-19 cases and injuries. Although the reigning European champion is lagging behind, winning the Etihad Stadium would revive his hopes for the title just days after advancing to the Carabao Cup final.
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Chelsea had the number Man City last year after manager Thomas Tuchel took the helm of the Blues in January 2021. Within weeks, he had led the Blues to the Champions League final over the City and the FA Cup semifinals.
Manchester City claimed a certain level of retaliation this season, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the 6th match. But the ultimate retribution would be to virtually eliminate Chelsea from the next Premier League race. Chelsea last won the EPL in 2016-17; Man City has three league triumphs since then and the fourth may not be behind if the result is successful on Saturday.
Sporting News keeps track of the match live and provides up-to-date score information, match comments and highlights as they occur.
Man City vs. Live Scores Chelsea
(All Eastern Times)
6:52: The sets are out and in full (with substitutes) are listed in the next section. There are surprises on both sides with Ruben Dias (Man City) and Jorginh (Chelsea) on the bench to start the match. Man City has several players from the academy among its substitutes.
5:42: Here’s something to kill time before the match: Rio Ferdinand sat down with Kevin De Bruyn:
“It’s a six-point game. The difference can be 13, 10 or 7 points. So that’s a big difference.”
– Rio Ferdinand (@ rioferdy5) January 15, 2022
5:30: Great praise from Pep Guardiola, who says he learns from Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea: “It makes world football better.”
Man City boss Pep Guardiola was full of admiration for Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea before this weekend’s clash for the top of the table 🙌 pic.twitter.com/TKodzFgsH3
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 14, 2022
Expected reports Man City vs. Chelsea
Manchester City will not have players available due to COVID-19, but the club does not list names. Center of the back John Stones is available again and takes the place of the captain Ruben Dias which rarely appears on the bench. Jack Grealish is back in the base eleven Riyad Mahrez away on AFCON 2022 with Algeria.
We found out on the day of the match Oleksandr Zincenko Yippee with knocking out after missing two matches due to COVID-19. The report is also missing Nathan Ake , Cole Palmer and Kayky , but no reason for their absence has been published yet.
Basic set Man City (4-3-3, from right to left): 31-Ederson (GK) – 2-Kyle Walker, 5-John Stones, 14-Aymeric Laporte, 27-Joao Cancelo – 17-Kevin De Bruyne, 16-Rodri, 20-Bernardo Silva – 7-Raheem-Phil, 47 Foden , 10-Jack Grealish
Substitutes Man City (9): 13-Zack Steffen (GK), 3-Ruben Dias, 97-Josh Wilson-Esbrand, 79-Luke Mbete, 25-Fernandinho, 8-Ilkay Gundogan, 90-Romeo Lavia, 87-James McAtee, 9-Gabriel Jesus
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has no fear of injury, which is good news for the Blues. But the team will still be missing Reece James (paralyze), Trevoh Chalobah (paralyze), I’m Chilwell (ACL crack), Edouard Mendy (AFCON 2022) a Andreas Christensen (COVID-19).
American pterosaur Christian Pulisic will play the preferred role of striker Jorginho , Mason Mount and Kai Havertz start on the bench.
Chelsea base lineup (3-4-3, right to left): 1-Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – 2-Antonio Rudiger, 6-Thiago Silva, 31-Malang Sarr – 28-Cesar Azpilicueta, 7-N’Golo Kante, 8-Mateo Kovacic, 3-Marcos Alonso – 22-Hakim 9- Romelu Lukaku, 10-Christian Pulisic
Chelsea Substitutes (9): 13-Marcus Bettinelli (GK), 12-Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 17-Saul Niguez, 18-Ross Barkley, 5-Jorginho, 20-Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19-Mason Mount, 29-Kai Havertz, 11-Timo
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How to watch Man City Vs. Chelsea
- Date: Saturday, January 15
- Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV channel: –
- Streaming: Peacock (subscribers only)
Saturday’s match between Man City and Chelsea of Etihad will be broadcast exclusively on the NBC Peacock premium streaming platform in the USA.
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